Have a More Meaningful Christmas
Edited by Nerissa Avisado, Eng, Lynn
Christmas is a special time of the year when love and peace pervade homes and the hearts of people. It conjures images of bountiful Christmas dinners and exchanging of gifts, of sparkling colored lights and roaring fireplaces. People travel thousands of miles to be with their families to spend time together. Who doesn't want that kind of traditional white Christmas, especially when you have kids whom you want to surround with Christmas things that you had as a child?
Yet, with so much suffering around the world, isn't it more befitting to teach them ways to have a more meaningful Christmas?
Falling back to doing what one usually does is comfortable and yes, complacent. Changing one's habits or finding ways to do things differently is more challenging. But if you want to give more meaning to your Christmas, you need to get out of your comfort zone, take a bold step forward and use your imagination.
December is such a good month to start embracing the challenge as it offers countless opportunities to share lessons in faith and kindness. Regardless of who you are, what you have, and what you do, you can have a more meaningful Christmas.
Charity Begins at Home: Have a Simple Christmas
Christmas is and will always be magical. But, it is wrong to think that it has to be excessive for it to be meaningful. For a meaningful, but inexpensive Christmas, it takes a little more effort and a lot of creativity. If you want your kids to appreciate the real meaning of Christmas, you have to do more than just buy expensive gifts and laden your table with too much celebratory dishes.
So this Christmas, teach your children charity. Show your kids how love can be shared with those who are less fortunate. Here are some tips for you:
- 1Meet up and plan with the family.Advertisement
- 2Suggest meaningful activities.Advertisement
- 3Set a budget.
- 4Give meaningful gifts.
- 5Teach sharing by practice.
- 6Raise funds for charity.
Cutting Expenses This Christmas
With an ever volatile economy and a world full of starving people, it feels senseless to be splurging on material things this Christmas. If you want to save money this holiday, there are so many practical ways; here are some of them:
- 1Be savvy about Christmas decorations.Advertisement
- 2Look for a smaller tree this year if you like it fresh.Otherwise, you can always go for an artificial tree that you can reuse each December. Store away Christmas tree decorations well so that they will look new, year after year.
- 3Buy gifts only for the children.
- 4Agree on not exchanging gifts this Christmas.Companies, organizations and groups may make a pact about not exchanging gifts this year. Some may just go for a simple get together with a simple fare and lots of games and fun activities to make the occasion still feel grand and festive.
- 5Use recycled papers to wrap your gifts.
- 6Create a simple but elegant dinner for your friends.You will spend less if you will just host a Christmas dinner for your friends. Some of them may even bring something so that they need not gift each one of you too. Depending on your age group, some fun things can be arranged so that you will still end up having a fun and meaningful Christmas without spending going overboard.
- 7Buy one gift for the family.
- 8Take advantage of freebies and sales before Christmas.If you can't be stopped from spending to buy Christmas gifts, buy months earlier from closing out sales and such. You can build your inventory of gifts throughout the year and start packing them with vintage and recycled fabrics, papers and ribbons just before Christmas.
Tips, Tricks and Warnings
- 1You may have not noticed it, but Christmas is a very stressful and expensive occasion with so many parties to attend, gifts to shop for and wrap, and foods to prepare.Advertisement
- 2Having a simple Christmas and cutting down on costs means you have to start early.This means that the tasks are spread over more months, weeks and days. This is indeed less stressful. In fact, it lets you enjoy Christmas preparations more.
- 3If you want to have a more meaningful Christmas, it has to be imbibed in the culture of your family for it to succeed.This is indeed a significant activity that brings together families.Advertisement
Truly, "charity begins at home." For such a long, long time people have been so wrapped up in celebrating Christmas in a commercialized tradition and fashion. With so many people suffering this Christmas, it just doesn't feel right to celebrate the holidays in an ostentatious manner.
This year, Christmas will still be magical. But this time, it has nothing to do with Santas and giant Christmas trees. Rather, the magic of Christmas is coming from billions of people genuinely wishing each other a merrier Christmas.
- If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.