Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
the Merriest Christmas Yet: Do's and Don't's
Christmas, an energizing season filled with joy, laughter and Bing Crosby's
soothing voice on repeat - but let's face it, this can also be the season of
last-minute shopping sprees, overcooked turkeys and tangled tinsel that causes
Christmas disasters! So to ensure this Christmas will be one to remember follow
this handy guide that ensures yours will be the merriest yet!
Deck Your Halls but Don't Deck Your Family
Remember that Christmas is about spreading joy and goodwill- not sickness. If
Aunt Mabel has had the sniffles recently, it may be wise to keep mistletoe
kisses to a minimum; otherwise festive cheer could turn into fearful
anticipation! One tower of presents reaching for the North Star may sound
idyllic, but all that will really happen is you'll trip over it and hit yourself
unconscious tripping over them all! Be mindful when purchasing gifts - think
thoughtfully not extravagantly - and remember: if you
Christmas movies with the whole family, or just admiring neighborhood lights
instead are far greater gifts.
Do Make a List, and Check it Twice
Santa isn't the only one who should make and check lists twice. Make your ducks
(in this case, reindeers) line up by creating an extensive checklist, from
food menu to decorations and guest list - everything should find its place
here! Remember this golden rule: better two steps ahead than caught pants down!
Even so, don't become The Grinch if your dry turkey doesn't measure up to Gordon
Ramsay's version; after all, Christmas is filled with mishaps such as broken
baubles, overwatered trees and questionable jumpers; and that wouldn't we love?
Don't Overdo the Merry Part
While we all want to enjoy ourselves this festive season, that doesn't mean
overdoing it on alcohol consumption. Yes, uncle Bob! A glass of mulled wine or
eggnog may add
festive cheer; however consuming too much could lead to unexpected renditions of
Jingle Bells or even unexpected Christmas break dancing! Yes, have fun but
remember to drink responsibly: your head and your family will thank you in the
morning; just don't become the Rudolph of red-nosed relatives! Enjoy yourself
without becoming part of it all.
Be Jolly... But Also Considerate
We all appreciate decking the halls with boughs of holly and jingling all along;
but remember not everyone shares your passion for 5 AM Christmas carols or an
inflatable Santa. A little consideration goes a long way during the holidays;
keep your neighbors in mind when stringing lights or playing festive music to
spread joy without creating noise pollution. So have fun being festive but be
the neighbor who knows how to celebrate Christmas without disturbing everyone on
Do Spend Time, Not Money
Many of us fall prey to thinking the best way to show love this Christmas is
through lavish purchases; however, remembering Christmas shouldn't be seen as a
race to see who can drain their bank accounts the fastest is important in
showing your care and gratitude. Spend quality time with those you care about
and create memories to last a lifetime. Instead of exchanging pricey presents
for experiences or
thoughtful handmade presents, consider giving priceless moments of memories
instead. Nobody is likely to remember the costly bottle of perfume you gave, but
they will remember laughing until their sides hurt while playing charades
together. So make this season an opportunity to invest your time and not money
solely into creating memorable moments.
Conclusion: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Christmas doesn't need to be perfect - it should be filled with love, joy and
spreading holiday cheer. By keeping these do's and don'ts in mind, you're sure
to make this year's Christmas the merriest yet! So go forth, decorate those
halls, sing carols and make this year a cracker of an occasion!
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