Keeping Christmas Simple This Year
When we think of Christmas, the first things that come to mind are presents, parties, and shopping. Whether we admit it or not, this is what Christmas has reduced to – a veil for mass consumerism.
The advent of social media has further intensified this want for material things. Gone are the Christmas of our youths where everything was much more simple. There was no pressure to snap the perfect Christmas photo. Or go on an expensive holiday trip that is definitely way out of your budget.
It seems that in the midst of all the holiday chaos, we have forgotten the true essence of Christmas. We fail to remember that Christmas is more than just giving and receiving presents. Nor is it about getting drunk at every party that you’ll go to.
We celebrate Christmas because, on this day thousands of years ago, salvation came to mankind. This should be the primary reason for the season. The presents and other material trappings should only serve as the “topping to the cake”.
Keeping Christmas simple makes it much more meaningful. Here are some tips on how you can celebrate a no-fuss Christmas this year:
Celebrate Within Your Means
For some people, Christmas is mostly about maxing out their credit cards. With all the holiday promotions and discounts, it’s certainly hard to keep your bank balance intact.
If you’re one of these people, I want you to think about the things you bought last Christmas. Can you remember them all? No? That’s because it doesn’t really matter. You probably don’t even remember why you bought half of it in the first place. Yet, you will be working overtime for several months just to pay for that credit card bill.
So before you rack up debts this holiday season, keep your expenses to the basics. Don’t splurge on things just to get more likes on social media or to look good in front of other people. If you can’t afford that expensive European holiday, don’t push it. Keep a budget and stick to it. (Related: The Simple Formula to a Happy Life)
It’s The Moments That Matter
This Christmas, invest in memories. Instead of spending hours lining up at department stores, try doing activities that the whole family will enjoy. You can watch Christmas movies, make sugar cookies, attend the town’s Christmas parade or read the bible together.
At the end of the day, it’s these little moments with your loved ones that will matter. Your kids will soon forget about the gifts they received, but the memories you shared will stay in their hearts for a long time. (Related: How Important Are Moral Values in Children?)
Practice Giving Back
This season is not just about receiving, it’s also about giving. Nothing compares to the satisfaction and contentment you’ll feel in knowing that you’ve made someone happy. Luckily, there are a lot of ways you can practice giving back this Christmas. You can:
- volunteer at a soup kitchen
- donate old clothes to the homeless
- visit an orphanage
- bake cookies for your less fortunate neighbors
- make cards for hospice patients
- help out in a fundraiser for a local charity
Keep a Simple Schedule
Parties and gatherings are common during the Christmas season. But most of the time, the endless festivities can wear you out. Instead of enjoying the holidays, you end up getting stressed out.
This is why keeping a simple schedule this Christmas is important. As much as possible, leave time for yourself to relax and recharge before going to another event. This will help you to better enjoy it and be more “present”.
It’s The Thought That Counts
What gifts did you receive last Christmas? Are you still using it? Much more importantly, do you still have it? Chances are, those gifts are now either lost or misplaced. This is what consumerism has done to the beautiful Christmas tradition of gift-giving. We often receive things that we don’t need nor want. Most of the time, they just end up cluttering our closets.
When it comes to gift-giving, one thing is true: it’s the thought that counts. You don’t need to give out something fancy or super expensive to express your love for them this Christmas. What’s important is it’s sincerely given.
If you’re good at crafts, you can use it to create personalized gifts. If baking is your strong suit, Christmas cookies will always be appreciated. These gifts might not be worth thousands of dollars but you poured your talents and effort into it. And that makes it extra special.