ADD and Creating Great Holidays
Planning starts with all of the interested parties sharing their ideas. Each person, from the oldest member to that tiny toddler, shares what is important for them. Write the ideas down. Don't censor yourselves; just give your ideas.
The family budget is a vital part of the planning. While everybody can contribute what they really, really would like to do, the family money tree can bring reality to the planning process. Decide what you can reasonably spend, then stick to it. You might have to make some adjustments to the idea list. That's fine, and it could turn out better than you think.
For instance, if your family would love to spend a weekend in a hotel with an indoor water park, there are alternatives. A two-night stay at a hotel with an indoor water park costs about $250 a night for a family of four. That's bare bones, and food is not included. Find a community center with a water park and enjoy your swim. Afterwards, go out to dinner at a favorite restaurant. The next day, enjoy one of the other activities on your list. Then, you could have dinner and go to another preferred pastime. I'm pretty sure that it would cost your family a lot less than $500. Plus, you would get to do several different activities to satisfy family members.
Many family holiday traditions include giving presents. If you enjoy making presents, by all means, do so. It crafting is not your thing, and you do not have a hobby that lends itself to being a dream present, find another way to get presents. You can give coupons for services. Dollar stores often have cute presents that can become part a lovely gift basket. Don't forget your local thrift shop. Often, they have expensive items, gently used, that make wonderful gifts. Let people know that they are receiving a double gift. You have thoughtfully purchased something that they will adore, AND you have been environmentally friendly while doing so.
Budget both your money and your time during the holiday period. Spend special time together as a family. Remember to schedule quiet moments into your lives. Attention Deficit Disorder can wreak havoc on families when they create hectic holiday schedules for themselves. How can you make the holiday season a time of beauty and peace? Use the gifts of ADD! Creatively plan your holiday, and put that wonderful energy to its best use.
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