In The Christmas Survival Book, by Alice Slaikeu Lawhead, a few things I found interesting were found that I probably would have never thought of on my own.
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First, were a two page "Christmas Budget". Everything from greetings, postage, gift wrap, food, decorating, pictures, clothes, travel, entertainment and miscellaneous coming to a grand total. Personally, I am so poor that I would not need all of these categories. However, for those who go all out for Christmas, the budget would be wise.
Then, on page 76, there are miscellaneous suggestions, such as share baby-sitting favors with friends. Then, buy your cards, wrapping paper and decorations at After-Christmas sales. Write down extra sources of money you might have that can help pay for holiday expenses.
A really neat feature of this book? Bethlehem! The town of Bethlehem, Connecticut, United States will give your cards a special touch. Their Post Office has a rubber stamp with a Christmas greeting for every card, letter or package that passes through. You can mail from their no matter where you live! Package up your envelopes in one big package (with individual addresses and stamps on each one) and mail the package to:
The Postmaster, Bethlehem, Connecticut, 06751, United States
Last, what should you do if you are alone on Christmas? Read a book or magazine, read your Bible, pray, write in your journal, have some coffee or even exercise.
This was not your typical Christmas book. Lots of different ideas! I bought this book at a library book sale years ago and always find it to be neat. I hope you liked some of the tidbits I provided.