This upcoming Christmas season, take a moment and reflect on the meaning of the holidays.
I bring this up for more than one reason – not just for the financial impact, but more importantly for the impact of gathering for the family. Make your holidays about your families first – the gathering, the food, the festivities – and not the gifts, the giving, the receiving. Drop the holiday hassle, boycott the consumerist angle of the holiday season.
Still want to “give” something?
Why do you have to buy something? Do you ever feel like you’re buying meager offerings because you feel you “have” to? Instead of giving gifts – make something. Make them a Christmas card, make food, make cookies. Why does it have to be material goods? Donate money to charities in their name. Make the money do something instead of spending money on random items that they may/may not want or even NEED.
It’s one thing when you know someone needs something – a heater, an electric blanket, firewood, food, or even company – compared to buying some $20 gadget because you think they’d like it when they’d rather have the pleasure of your company. This Christmas/Holiday season, how about we step back from the consumer rush and just enjoy some time together?