The holidays are a stressful time for everyone. We are constantly running around, trying to get a great gift for everyone, maxing out our credit cards, yelling at one another, worrying about food, treats, gifts, etc. Last year, I decided that I had enough. The holidays are supposed to be a joyous time, a chance to celebrate with your family and friends over good food while exchanging meaningful gifts.
Last year, I didn't have a lot of money, so I started my holiday shopping in August. By shopping in August I was able to avoid the crowds, the stress and the high prices. Two days before gathering with my family, I made everyone some baked goods as gifts. They were appreciated and were thoroughly enjoyed. I bought the ingredients at least a month in advance, which saved me time and money, because we all know prices go up around the holidays. Last year was my most successful year, so I'm going to continue on the tradition. I've had gifts sitting in my closet since July.