If the anticipation, prep, and list-checking of the holidays sends you into a holi-daze, we have creative hacks at the ready. Whether you are looking for easy and affordable gift ideas, upcycled decorations, or fun ways to involve the kids, flip through the slideshow for ideas that will kick your holiday spirit up a notch. Oh, and there’s chocolate!

Get a Real Letter from Santa

Keep the magic alive for your true-blue believers by arranging to have a letter from Santa arrive in the mail. The USPS has a Letters from Santa program; simply have your kiddo write a letter, then you write a letter from "Santa" and send them both to the North Pole by December 15th. Then, wait and watch the delight on her face when a letter pops up in the box just for her.

photo: Owen and Aki via Flickr

  • candy-cane-place-cards via Krazy Coupon Lady
  • OrnamentCups-cc-sukigirl74 via Flickr
  • christmas-chalk-tape2 via Krazy Coupon Lady
  • SnowmanPumpkin-cc-Jason Meredith via Flickr
  • LetterToSanta-cc-Owen and Aki via Flickr
  • GlueGunSnowflakes via Muslin & Merlot
  • CandySleighs via Ellyn's Place
  • santa-footprints-via-little-hiccups.jpg
  • CardboardFireplace-cc-Christchurch City Libraries via Flickr

Do you have any holiday hacks? Share with us in a Comment below!

— Jennifer Massoni Pardini

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