This holiday season holds the meaning we give it, so make it a good one! Photo by Brigitte Tohm on Pexels.com
There’s no denying this time of year can be hectic-between family plans, social obligations, baking, shopping, and necessary seasonal activities like shoveling the driveway-it can be hard to prioritize, much less breathe! With so much hustle and bustle, it can be difficult to find a moment to contemplate what the season really means, or what we would like to share with our loved ones.
I don’t have a magic formula to tell you how to organize everything so that you have time left over for mundane things like sleep, but perhaps, we can manage to rearrange the busyness into something more meaningful this year.
Give of Yourself to Others.
Not everyone has the means, or the desire, to spend on elaborate gifts for family and friends, or donate large amounts to worthy charities at this time of year. That does mean we cannot give gifts from our hearts, or assist those in need. Enlist your family to help make homemade treats for friends and neighbors, pull out your knitting needles, or make a batch of homemade soaps to share. Gifting someone with something special made by hand can be more meaningful than the fanciest of presents you could purchase.
There are plenty of organizations that need volunteers to help stock food pantries, collect warm clothing and toys for needy children, or spend time caring for abandoned pets. If you aren’t sure where you (and your family) could volunteer, check with your local church, or go online to places like the Salvation Army website or the Kids in Need Foundation to find out what’s most needed that you can shop for or collect in donations.
The time you can spend with your family is more important than any present they may recieve. Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com
Create Holiday Traditions.
Long after the presents have all been opened and their excitement has faded away, your children will remember the special moments you’ve shared with them over this season. Let the kids help decorate the tree, or give them one of their own and help them make paperchains and other homemade decorations. Take the time to read them the classic “Twas Night Before Christmas,” or watch a classic Christmas movie together. Let them help you make a special platter of cookies and milk for Santa, and don’t forget the carrots for the reindeer.
I remember one year when I was a young child my parents arranged for a neighbor to stand by our back door and shake jingle bells while we were in the dining room on Christmas Eve. My brother, sister and I were told that the tinkling came from Santa’s sleigh as he flew by. Of course, when we were led back into the living room afterwards, we found that we had been visited by “Santa” while we were distracted. I don’t remember any of the gifts we received that year, or if my younger brother and sister even remember the event, but the magic in that moment of possibilities, stayed with me long after I knew the “truth” about Santa Claus.
What holiday traditions do your family share? I would love to hear from you!
Remember the Meaning of the Season.
While it can be very difficult at times to not let ourselves be caught up in the chaos that surrounds this time of year, I hope you find some time to breathe, and to enjoy the true meaning of this season. Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah, or whatever traditions you celebrate, all have deeper meanings than the gifts, the shopping, the traffic, and the music that started as early as the day after Halloween on some radio stations. This is the season of light, of hope, of love, of joy, and sharing of ourselves with others. I hope you are able to leave the rest behind, and take some time for your loved ones, and yourself, to spend together and truly celebrate.
From my family to all of yours, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!