Getting Back to Happy Joyful Holiday Basics
There are many joyful memorable ways to celebrate the holidays without spending too much money or burning out in the process.
What is the true meaning of the holiday season?
For some it is a time for entertainment and feasts to celebrate life, new beginnings, and family traditions. Sometimes the joy of these traditions can be shadowed by the stress of to-do lists and what seems like never-ending costs of holiday obligations.
Good news is there are many satisfying ways to celebrate the holidays without spending too much money or becoming exhausted in the process. All those commercials on TV to buy the latest toys or gadgets, and maybe even loved ones, may encourage you to do and buy more, but if you keep your focus on the spirit of giving from the heart with love and hope during the holidays, it can truly help you do more - with less. Think about creating a new holiday tradition that may help you focus on the joyful, good feeling kind of giving.
in the spirit of love
Holidays can be the perfect time to consider what matters most to you. This may be family, community, helping those less fortunate. If you do want to give gifts to those special people in your life, consider presents that encourage positive living or whose impact will continue long after the holidays.
Instead of giving your friends and family an item they may not need or use because it is trendy, give them the gift of your time. You could help them organize a party, help clean their home, offer a lift to an appointment. This can give you special, joyful time together to celebrate your love and friendship. Maybe suggest a cookie bake together or some other home-made baking or DIY gift that you can give to other friends and family members.
Home Made Gifts
You can also make a charitable donation or plant a seedling tree in a loved one's name or visit an aging person with no family.
When exploring the true meaning of the holidays and getting back to the true spirit of the season, allow yourself to alter existing traditions. Even a blessing before a meal or a walk under the stars can help you reconnect with the holidays.
Do what makes you feel happy and joyful through the holiday season and then stop before your celebration becomes more of a hassle than a happy occasion. Get back to the basics of generosity and goodwill, and your holiday will certainly be a rewarding one.
Lee Pryke, Life Coach, Author, and owner of I Am I Can