Celebrating the holidays as a post-grad is very different! Honestly, the holidays as a child were magical. There was definitely an element of fantasy involved. However, it’s different as an adult! I remember that I could put together a few crafts or go shopping at the Dollar Tree with my saved up allowance. That’s not so much what’s expected now. Now, I know that family will love gifts and cards no matter what. So, it really shouldn’t matter, but there’s a little bit of shame when you’re still giving the same gifts you gave as a child. Although I still love celebrating the holidays as much as I did as a kid, there are some new challenges. So, here are some tips on preparing for a very post-grad holiday.
1. Plan Ahead
So, planning ahead is probably the best tool you can have in your arsenal. When it comes to preparing for a very post-grad holiday, make sure you give adequate amounts of time. It can be really easy to get behind on getting gifts when you’re super busy. This year, I tried to start getting gifts a little bit before Black Friday. However, when buying things, make sure you check the returns policy. You don’t want your family to get stuck with an item that they may already have!
2. Figure Out What You Really Want
To prepare for a post-grad holiday, you must know what you want! I still get asked what I want for Christmas by family members. To be honest, for the past two holidays, I was so busy to stop and think about it. This year, I took some time to really think about what I wanted. When thinking about what I wanted, I thought about things that I could really use such as a new camera lens!
3. Embrace Still Being The Baby
I know as kids, some people hated being at the kid’s table. Although my family is quite small and we all sit together, I still feel like the baby. I say embrace this! I think oftentimes we feel like we’re expected to grow up right after we graduate. What I found is that sometimes it’s nice to just feel like a kid again. Although, you should totally go for seconds in the boozy eggnog!
So, to wrap this up, I must say that I thought a post-grad holiday wouldn’t be as magical. The truth is that sure, maybe it’s not. However, this doesn’t mean that it has to be boring. My ultimate tip is to just enjoy this time with your family! That’s what the holidays are supposed to be about anyways, right?
Question of the day: What are your thoughts on a post-grad holiday?
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