Give More, Stress Less

This is a sponsored post on behalf of SunTrust Bank. Opinions are my own.

When I think back on my childhood, the memories that always stand out in my mind are those from the holiday season. In fact, there are certain sights, sounds and smells that will instantly transport me back to those warm memories, and one of them is the scent of a live Christmas tree.

When I was a kid, the holidays were never about money or gifts. Sure, receiving a few new toys was a treat, but the real joy of the season for me lived in the hearts and smiles of my loved ones. I can remember anticipating going to my grandma’s house on Christmas Eve—it was always such a special time.

I love that I have the chance to relive the wonder of the holiday season through the eyes of my kids. Just like me, they get so excited about going to their grandparents’ house to celebrate, and just like me, they look forward to Christmas all year long.

It’s so important to remember that Christmas shouldn’t be about stress and it shouldn’t be about dollar signs. There are so many ways we can give of ourselves during the holiday season to show our friends and family we care. Handmade gifts or even simple cards with handwritten notes inside make fantastic and meaningful gifts.

Of course, getting your finances in order ahead of time always helps, and SunTrust bank has this great budget spreadsheet that can help.

What do you most look forward to about the holiday season?

At SunTrust Bank their purpose is lighting the way to financial well-being. They want to help you reduce holiday stress through tools, advice, and inspiration that encourages you to make your holidays meaningful by spending within your means and focusing on meaningful experiences.


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Meaningful spending made easy with a budgeting tool to help you make a plan and stay on track with your holiday spending.  Download here.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust. The opinions and text are all mine.

Crissy Page

Hi, I'm Crissy, the founder and editor of Parent Pretty. I'm a 30-something mom from Ohio who loves photography, my two beautiful children, and Diet Coke. You might recognize me from my main blog, Dear Crissy. You can also find me on Twitter @Crissy.

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