“Presence” Vs “Presents” – How to Have a Creative Holiday Season

It is no coincidence that “presence” and “presents” sound so similar. What do you remember the most from your childhood holidays? The presents? Or was it the time spent in the presence of friends and family, doing things together to celebrate the season?

Radio, television, billboards and yes, even the internet, would have you believe that Christmas is all about the presents. Your worth and success as a parent is determined by how many packages are under the tree Christmas morning. Seems a little silly and sad, doesn’t it?

There are many ways you can cut down on the commercialism of the holidays and get back to what really matters – creating memories and spending time together as a family. Here are some ideas for having a less commercial Christmas season.

Plan Ahead:

The easiest way to have a memory-filled holiday season is figuring out what you want. What is important to your family? Do some research and pre-planning and figure out the big things. Will you be going anywhere for Christmas? Do you have commitments or traditions you need to plan for? Do you have family downtime built into your schedule? What activities and events are going on that your family would like to experience?

Next, have a family brainstorming session and include all your family- even the little ones can give you their input! Discuss different options for family activities and make sure you include something for everyone. Create a calendar together and put it in a prominent place. This will allow you to see what is going on next and will provide you with a reminder that you have things that are important to your family scheduled and it will make it easier to say no to things that do not fit with your family’s holiday plan.

Embrace the Commercialism:

There is no escaping the commercialism of the holidays. I saw my first commercial for Christmas-colored cereal on TV at around 10:40 pm, October 31; that’s one thousand, two hundred ninety-seven hours and twenty minutes before Christmas, or seven hundred twenty-one hours and twenty minutes before December. Your family would have to go on a complete media fast to avoid overexposure of holiday commercialism, and while that’s not a bad idea, you can also turn commercialism into a learning tool.

Even very young children can pick out holiday advertisements. It is never to early to discuss media and their messages with kids.

When you see or hear an advertisement, examine it with your child. What product are they marketing? What words do they use to make it sound really neat? What makes this product or version of the product different than normal? How much use or fun would you get out of a product like this? How much allowance would you have to say to get this product? Would having this product make you happy?

Children may not notice many of the marketing messages they are exposed to, but these messages can still influence them. Why not control HOW it influences them instead of leaving it to chance?

Every time your child sees or hears an advertisement, get them to point it out and keep score. This number will climb frighteningly fast. Decide to cut the commercialism by giving back. For every advertisement your child can spot and discuss with you, donate 10 cents (or whatever amount you like) to your family’s charity of choice, or put 10 cents away to help buy creative activity supplies. This exercise allows for lots of education and a chance to bond with your kids over the very advertisements that are promoting consumerism and commercialism.

Advent Activity Time:

Many families have an advent calendar for Christmas. Most of these are commercially-made cardboard calendars that contain rather bad chocolate. It doesn’t have to be this way! You can start an Advent Calendar tradition that will create great memories very easily.

One way to do this is to create advent calendar coupons – one for each child for each day of the month of December. These should include quality time coupons. Some might have to be redeemed that day, or others can be kept and redeemed whenever the child wants. These could be for things like playing a family game together, a day trip to volunteer at a local charity or a visit to a museum or other worthy ways to spend a day, one extra bedtime story, a special “date” night with each parent, making a favorite treat together, etc. You can give these coupons each day by themselves or with a single wrapped candy or piece of chocolate. You could mix lists of things you love about your child, or admire about them with the coupons. Each child is unique and it is important to let them know you see it!

By having a plan and identifying what is important to your family, you have the opportunity to create lots of memories and new traditions while giving your kids the best present possible: being present in the moment and enjoying the holidays together.

Key to A Good & Successful Presentation

Every business person or student or a sales person is required to give presentations. Some are successful and others are not.

Here are few points which highlights on how to give Good Presentation:-

1) You are very well aware of the Topic, so prepare well in advance i.e 2 – 3 days in advance so that you have ample time to practice.

2) Know your Venue: Find out about the Venue where you will be presenting so that you can reach there before time & you are comfortable with the surroundings.

3) Know your Target Audience: Know your Target audience so that you know what you should present & how much informative you should be. For example if you are going to give presentation to Company’s Top Notch Executives you need to be more informative but if you are going to give the same presentation to Specific Consumer segment you just need to highlight positive aspects of product you are selling.

4) You can prepare a Power Point presentation slides because it looks more professional. Have a written copy or print out ready in case you need it.

5) Do not lose your cool. Keep in mind that you have to be Successful & your audience too expects you to succeed.

6) Give a good start to your presentation with a proverb then start with the presentation.

7) Divide your presentation into Introduction, Body and Conclusion. Conclusion is very important as you summarize every point and leave an impression about the product to the audience.

8) Have a good eye contact with people while giving presentation.

9) Do not pause to say sorry if you miss something in between, carry on as no one notices such small things.

10) After your presentation is over you have to face the Question and Answer session. Answer carefully. If you do not know answer to few questions just drop your Email Id & say that you are running short of time & you will answer them by Email.

Last but not the lease never let your weakness out there before the audience because they are very smart and they will catch you & grill you.

So All The Best for your Presentation.

Debt Relief Options – Avoid Bankruptcy With Debt Negotiation

Debt negotiation is a great way to resolve the huge unsecured debts within the shortest time. The idea is totally depending on the negotiation with the financers and investors. People with huge unsecured debts had to do something with their debt condition as the amount was growing to a level which can never be managed in the financial depression. That’s why, the companies, financers and government finance department came up and started endorsing the system to help the situation and the consumers as well. This was also helping the people to overcome the withheld situation in the global economy. That’s why, the idea and method became intensely popular in a very short time.

If you have a debt over $10K, you must follow the necessary instructions to avoid legal interruption in your case. You should be doing something as soon as possible to have the resolute elimination of debt most easily than ever. The companies have made their terms and conditions easier than ever and also the government institutions are trying to help the consumers to ensure their economic future. That’s why, the debtors with huge unsecured debt have become interested about the offers from the companies and the government institutions. The offers are commonly popular as debt negotiation, debt consolidation, debt management and debt relief.

Bankruptcy is certainly a very popular way to resolve the debt issue in the shortest time. This involves legal associations to overcome the debt situations. Though, this has been the only system to eliminate the debt over years, but it has certain side effects such as demarcation in the financial reports and consequential ineligibility for any financial association in the future. This also prevents the investors to claim money from their bankrupt customers. So, they have to incur mere financial loss and have no way to recover the invested money. So, they were never happy with the debt elimination applying a legal procedure. The number of bankrupts increased to an alarming amount that time and that made the government take some major decisions about the debt management systems.

Most of the debtors think about the ways to avoid bankruptcy and reduce the debt amount so that they can manage the rest and ensure their financial future. In such condition, they have the best option available for them. Debt relief enables them to get their debt reduced effectively without exerting any bad impact on their financial reports. So, you can certainly think of choosing debt relief options to avoid bankruptcy and repair the finance as well.