It is mid-December and things are starting to get busy around my house this time of year. The holiday shopping, decorating, and parties are all fun, but it can get a little crazy gearing up for Dec 25 as we celebrate Christmas at my house.
No matter which holiday you recognize, this is a time to celebrate. A time to spend with family and friends. But it should also be a time of peace and reflection. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by the shopping and spending, I want to create a holiday with more meaning, more sharing, and more happiness this year.
I’ve been checking out Simplify the Holidays’ site with tips for creating less wasteful and more meaningful holiday celebrations. Instead of buying all my gifts on Amazon or a big box retailer this year, I am opting for locally made gifts and encouraging my kids to do handmade gifts this year as well. I’m also thinking more about charitable donations and sharing time together vs. the latest gadget or toy. Seasonal plants make a great gift as do homemade goodies. A gratitude journal or craft project is another mindful choice. Sharing photos or creating and mounting a favorite saying for family members is a simple way to gift with meaning and not overspend or give someone something they don’t want or need. Giving an experience such as travel, an event, or a class may be another way to go if you do have money to spend.
Check out our Simplify the Holidays calendar daily inspirations and practical tips for simplifying your holiday season.