Hanukkah and Christmas are two of the most important celebration events in the final months of the year that require some spending from our pockets. And while saving and spending plans are already in play with the holiday season kicking off with Thanksgiving, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get your plans in order for the two festivities. Here’s how you can plan for the two big celebrations.
Host Hanukkah and Christmas dinner together
Every year, the host will mostly cover all the expenses of the celebrations. This year, with rising prices and supply chain issues, the host might not be in a position to cover all the costs. It has been a challenging year for everyone, so you can consider going with a potluck this time to share the expenses, along with the joy.
Some host a grand celebration for either one of the festivals instead of both. Instead of using only traditional red and green for decorating colors, you can include blue and white to incorporate Hanukkah themes.
For Hanukkah, you can consider getting eight small and meaningful gifts instead of large, expensive ones at the dollar store, Target or Five Below. If you don’t know what to gift, you can think along these lines:
- Is there something they always wanted?
- Are they in some sort of need?
- Have you secretly seen them admiring a dress at the clothing store?
- What’s the latest book released by their favorite author?
- Go to a fancy restaurant instead of buying gifts.
You can also check out our list of thoughtful gifts you can give this season. This year you can also focus on the giving experience instead of the gifts themselves to make memories. Try visiting some local Botanical Gardens that would host a new Christmas musical or a show.
True spirit of the holiday season
Both these celebrations are about spending time together with the people you love. Gifts are just as part of it. By getting simple but meaningful gifts, you not only save money but also get to spend time on what matters more. Here are some tips to ensure you’re saving money while you’re holiday shopping.