How to Make Christmas More Meaningful

How to Make Christmas More Meaningful

Now that Thanksgiving is over, our attention turns to Christmas. Christmas should be a happy time of year, but it’s often filled with hurried shopping trips, stressful time in the kitchen, and a sense of aggravation at having to find just the right gift. In all the holiday frustration, the real meaning of Christmas seems to get lost. Folks find themselves dreading the holiday rather than looking forward to it.

This year, reconnect with the meaning of the holiday. Here’s how to slow things down and instill more meaning to Christmas.

Making Gifts

Instead of buying presents, have everyone in your family make them. Talk to your family about the expectations that have existed with the holiday and getting “things,” and tell them you’d instead like to give each other something that goes beyond the latest toy or outfit.

Budget

Set a spending limit on each person. Make it a low enough amount to get them something small but meaningful but also not break the bank. When you have less money, you’re forced to become more creative. Don’t do it alone, either. Work with your family to brainstorm what to get or make for each other. It will get everyone involved and bring out a sense of teamwork.

What Can You Do for Each Other?

Instead of “items” think “services.” Offer to baby-sit for your sister’s three kids, purchase a spa treatment for your mom, grocery shop for your grandmother, hire the neighborhood kid to cut the grass for your husband, buy a year’s worth of car washes for your brother.

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Family Traditions

Make family recipes and keep the traditions going. The great part about being in a family is creating special small events you do year after year, and that’s ultimately what’s remembered and looked forward to. It isn’t the presents your family remembers, but the singing, the tree decorating, and the baking. Do it together as a family instead of making it a chore you do by yourself.

No Cards?

Get out of the card trap. Send Christmas cards only to those you really and truly want to. Don’t do it out of obligation or because someone sent you a card. Don’t feel guilty about not sending them. In the cards you do really want to write, tell the person what they’ve meant to you and why you are thankful for them.

Give Back

Volunteer. Think of the folks that are all alone, poor, and without shelter or a true sense of family. It will put new perspective on the blessings you have in your own life. There are many ways to volunteer during the holidays, from buying presents for less fortunate kids to aiding the elderly. Spend time at a homeless shelter or soup kitchen. It will recharge the feelings of love and gratefulness you have about your own family.

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Cherie Burbach About Cherie Burbach

Cherie Burbach is the founder of Putting on the New. She is a poet, mixed media artist, and freelance writer. She's written for About.com, NBC/Universal, Match.com, Christianity Today, and more. Her latest book is: Art and Faith: Mixed Media Art With a Faith-Filled Message. For more, check out her website.

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  1. Lisa Lickel says:

    Definitely – traditions, memories…and making gifts gives you a way to bond with others you’d never know otherwise.

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