There are many different ways to improve the holidays. Just take a look at the advertising circulars in your Sunday newspaper or take a quick television advertising tour.
We all know that finding that special toy should make your child happy and have you be filled with joy at their excitement. Perhaps a buying new set of inexpensive indoor-outdoor Christmas lights will make your neighbors envious.
Christmas, the jewelers tell us, won’t really be complete unless that special woman receives the gift that lasts forever. That one is probably going to take forever to pay off too!
Certainly choosing the perfect holiday greeting card is surrounded with heightened significance. I’m sure you have seen the tear jerking commercials that remind us how important it is to buy the right card. After all, we really want to communicate our feelings for loved ones during the holiday season.
Is it any wonder that holiday stress has reached epidemic proportions? We receive hundreds of message telling us just how important every single thing we buy and do is with respect to having a good holiday season.
We are simultaneously bombarded with reminders that this is the most important time of the year. Confronted with these messages, is it any wonder that we want to find a way out? Trying to capture that elusive sense of holiday satisfaction often comes a big expense using our hard earned money or a credit card.
There is certainly nothing wrong with spending within our means to have an enjoyable holiday. It is, after all, a time of giving and a time of celebration. Therefore we do need to take into consideration that we are going to have to spend some money. Certainly we don’t want to feel guilty for buying that diamond gift or not buying cheap greeting cards. The good news is that there are many ways to increase your enjoyment of the holidays without spending a small fortune.
Simple Holiday Wisdom:
Remember that thinking about ideas and people instead of things might bring you greater joy. When asked, most people will agree that the message of the season and spending time with loved ones is the most important part of the celebration.
The spirit of the holidays can certainly come with a pretty piece of jewelry or that special toy, but the message can actually be more clearly communicated with a simple hug or spending quality time with the people we love.
Too often, we find it easier to use a purchase as a way of expressing ourselves instead of giving of ourselves. By keeping the focus on people and ideas instead of things, we will be really communicating the message of love that is the basis of this holiday. A hug, a conversation or a walk with a loved one doesn’t cost any money and can be one of the best way to extend holiday cheer, create wonderful memories, and a better appreciation for the holidays.
Another way that we can enjoy the holidays more is by making a contribution of time to a cause or charity. Although there is nothing wrong with making financial or material contributions to charities, offering your time can often be more valuable. Financial contributions are necessary for most charitable organizations to stay in business however there is often a shortage of volunteers. Giving of yourself can really make the holidays matter to someone who may be in need. As well it can make you appreciate the season even more.
Volunteering to a worthy cause can increase your appreciation of the holidays and allow you to embrace the spirit of giving that is really the message of the season. These simple acts of kindness can be truly transformative. It is not just the receiver but yourself as well who will receive the gift of charity.
If you still want another string of Christmas lights and they fit into your budget, certainly go ahead and get them. Feel free to buy that perfect toy for your child and that pricey piece of jewelry for that special someone. You can even buy the best wrapping paper. If this makes you happy and you can afford the expense, then why not.
There are a number of different things that you can do that won’t cost you any money that can really increase the quality of your holiday season. Just remember to think about people and ideas, instead of all the things you could buy. Consider volunteering your time and talents to a worthy cause. It is the simple things that can improve a holiday more than any expensive present.