I have extreme Christmas fever right now. Is anyone else like me, and absolutely adore Christmas? I know there’s lots of you that hate it, you feel like Cindy Lou Who through the first 3/4 of the movie when she complains about everyone getting cabobbled and everything feeling superfluous. I kind of love the busy, exciting feelings this time of year brings, though. And yes, some people make a little too materialistic. But one of my FAVORITE things is finding and putting together the perfect gift for someone else. I remember little things people tell me, or notice stuff they point out and take note of it to surprise them on special occasions. I crave to make people excited and giddy, it’s just so much fun to see someone’s face light up because of something you put together for them! I actually made my roommate roll on the floor in excitement from her birthday gift – so, definitely surpassed my goal there! (Okay, she might’ve already been on the floor for the opening process, but I’m the reason for the rolling at least).
This year to save money (as I am in a new house, paying rent and other things I didn’t pay for before), I’m making a lot of homemade or handcrafted gifts for everyone! I have ideas for my cousins on my mom’s side my age who I always swap gifts with every year. I also have a few ideas for my best friend, Emma. Pinterest is a life saver. (Although, I did come up with a few ideas myself!). Emma and I made a few christmas tags and a few ornaments together the other day. I find getting creative is way more fun than buying stuff anyway! You also aren’t spending money, so it’s just a win/win. (You may be thinking you have to spend money on craft supplies to make stuff, but we used free paint swatches to make our christmas tags!). It’s all about being frugal for me this year! It’s also kind of a fun challenge. Since I’m all about ‘the perfect gift’ I still have to make sure my gift is well thought out and meaningful while not costing a whole lot. That’s harder than just going out and buying their favourite type of jewellery. You have to think, plan and create! Which is already right up my alley, so I’m going to have a lot of fun with it!
Part of the reason I’m even rambling about this, though, is because I’m hoping to inspire anyone reading this! Part of the reason some people get so stressed around Christmas is the money spent. But when you think about it, someone’s going to appreciate a well-thought out homemade gift just as much, or more as a store-bought one (well, most people. Maybe not your kids). But this year, challenge yourself. Get creative, frugal and down and dirty! Do yourself, and your friends a favour. Because everyone wins this way! It’ll also keep you busy, so you’ll be too distracted to even feel the stress of Christmas. I’m probably not even qualified to talk about the “stress of Christmas” since I’ve literally never felt such thing. But I do get it. I can see how most people feel it, and why. But my inner 5 year old comes out this time of year, every year, and I don’t think I’ll ever love anything the way I love Christmas. It’s also the one time of year I see a lot of my family members. All of my crazy, big-hearted, loud-laughing family. I love every one of them. And since this entire post is about Christmas, I thought it was appropriate to post this delicious power salad that also happens to be christmas-coloured! So you can fuel up on protein while celebrating your favorite holiday!
If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below, or take a photo and tag it on instagram or twitter with #itscrunchthyme