From everyone on the LAMPS team, we sincerely wish all students a safe and happy holiday!
LAMPS is currently collecting non-perishable food items in support of the Laurentian Food Bank. Food bins are located at the LAMPS office, SCE-228.
Christmas on a Budget
Just because times are lean, doesn’t mean things can’t be special. How about a picnic in front of the fireplace, break out the old photo albums and reminisce, or visit a local church to hear some holiday music?
Here are a few of my favourite tips for maximizing your holiday:
* Homemade ornaments are the best! String popcorn and cranberries.
* Hanging ready-made gist bows in place of ornaments is very festive and sweet.
* Thrift stores are a great source for holiday linen and tableware.
* Poinsettias are amazing and last months.
* Clipping branches from evergreens in your own yard can be a great way to adorn packages or centrepieces.
* Instead of buying for everyone, suggest drawing names and putting a price limit on the gift.
* Make homemade gifts and limit the cost of supplies.
* Crafting with friends is a fun way to spend holiday time together and make the most of your pocketbook.
* Make gift certificates to do someone’s chores for a week, give back massages, a night off from cooking, or a complimentary car wash. This is a neat gift that only requires time and is always appreciated.
* Create a cookbook with some of your family’s favorite recipes, or a photo album of a special event.
Christmas on a budget can actually be fun! Challenge yourself to get the most out of your hard-earned money and turn it into a positive experience. Sometimes, making it through the lean times will make the plentiful times all the more meaningful.
- Dorrie Corriveau