How to have a MORE MEANINGFUL CHRISTMAS with your family to enjoy what matters most. Create Christmas traditions that are simple and meaningful to celebrate what truly matters this holiday season.
Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but for some it can also be the most stressful. There really isn’t any reason to stress, this is a time for joy and to embrace our loved ones. We all want to have a meaningful Christmas with our family, but many of us get lost in the “holiday hustle” and don’t get any joy during this special time.
How to Have a More Meaningful Christmas
Our family has many meaningful Christmas traditions that help us really enjoy the season. We keep our Christmas traditions simple and stress-free, the way Christmas was meant to be. For us, Christmas is all about family, giving, sharing, and kindness. We spend quality time together and with our extended family. We also like to continue the gratitude and acts of kindness from November on to December.
The first thing we do is SLOW-DOWN and take the full month of December to embrace the spirit of Christmas. We are intentional with our family traditions. We have things that we do every year, and sometimes we try new things. Time is valuable, so spend it wisely. Remember, this is YOUR family, and YOU can decide on what traditions you start and keep.
Meaningful Christmas Traditions
One of the most meaningful Christmas traditions for our family is making handmade ornaments. Every year, we make different Christmas crafts and ornaments that mean so much more than store bought ornaments. We spend fun quality time together and my children can tell you the story behind every ornament they have made. We also make our own Christmas decorations. This year we dried oranges in the oven to make heavenly scented potpourri and for simple mini-wreaths to hang on the kitchen cabinets. We also dedicate an entire day for baking Christmas goodies. My kids have so much fun taking over the kitchen, using cookie cutters, and sampling every first batch. Then just like my children’s all time favorite book, “You Can Do It, Sam,” we deliver batches of goodies to our close friends and neighbors. Remember, generations before us would make gifts and homemade treats instead of buying expensive gifts. HAPPINESS IS HOMEMADE.
How to Have a More Meaningful Christmas With Your Family
Another way to have a more meaningful Christmas is to remember that presence is the best present you can give your loved ones. As Moms, we are always multi-tasking. We have so much going on all the time. I used to delight in how well I could multi-task, until I realized that I was never fully present. We are so distracted in this world from our phones, to our never-ending To-Do list. This Christmas remember that whatever you do and wherever you are, BE ALL THERE. BE PRESENT. Tell stories, share memories, play games. JUST BE IN THE MOMENT! Your loved ones will appreciate having you there. Your kids will remember it and so will you. Precious memories are the only things that can never be taken from us.
How to Simplify your Christmas to Have More Meaning
Part of the reason the holidays can cause so much stress, is because of the rush and the absurd amount of money that is spent. We have all been there, realizing we have spent too much money on toys that our kids really don’t need. JUST DON’T DO IT! Spend less money and put in more thought of what gifts your family will value. Be more intentional about what you are giving your children. For more intentional gift giving ideas check out Best Educational Gifts for Kids and Swapping Gifts for Experiences. Remember to not spend what you do not have.
Another Christmas experience that can suck the joy right out of you, is Christmas shopping. I used to love going Christmas shopping and seeing all the Christmas displays. Now every place is so crowded! It is hard to find parking, long waits in long lines, many people are rude and the shelves are picked through. It is not fun! So I do most of my shopping online. I use Amazon Prime because of the free 2-day shipping. Almost ANYTHING can be bought on Amazon. Click here to Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial. It’s hard to beat shopping in your pajamas, and the selection is better because EVERYTHING at your fingertips. You can read the reviews and do price comparisons instantly, giving you the the best deals.
A Meaningful Christmas to Remember
Focusing our time and attention on fewer but more meaningful traditions brings more joy than spreading ourselves thin trying to do it all. Think back to the Christmas traditions you enjoyed as a child. What made Christmas magical for you? That’s what you should be doing this year. Make meaningful memories with your family. BE PRESENT. BE INTENTIONAL. When you look back at this Christmas, what will you want to remember? The answer to keeping things memorable is connecting the entire family. Letting love and laughter fill your home. Family traditions are important for building strong family ties. Let this Christmas be a time to show empathy towards others and gratitude for what we already have. Make this a MEANINGFUL CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER.