5 Ways to Add Value to Your Holiday SeasonSubmitted by MacDev Financial Group on November 30th, 2018
Do you find that Christmas is becoming more commercial with each passing year? Today it feels like presents and spending supersede the value of family and the small traditions that once made Christmas special.
If you’re wondering how to recapture the true spirit and meaning of the holiday season, focus on the things you value the most rather than how much you spend this coming month. For inspiration, think back to your own childhood and what made Christmas or the holiday season magical for you. Here’s a hint, it probably wasn't even about the presents you received.
Below are five ways that can help you recapture that child-like wonder and magic again while adding some “value” back to your holiday season.
This coming month is a great time to teach your children the value of giving to others. It can be as simple as donating to a local charity or sponsoring a Christmas hamper to a family in need. Show them that giving isn’t just something we save for Christmas, but something we as human beings should put into practice throughout the year.
If you plan to do some holiday shopping this month, why not check out local craft fairs or markets in your area to purchase gifts made by local artisans instead of shopping at the big box retailers and department stores. By buying from local artisans and business owners, you’re directly supporting their value as producers.
Instead of spending your time trying to cross everything off your Christmas to-do list leading up to the big day, slow down and explore one of many seasonal, holiday activities in your area. Perhaps it's driving around the neighborhood to look at lights; a Christmas concert at a community church; watching a beloved Christmas classic movie with family; a hayride with caroling and hot chocolate in the local village; or a cookie exchange with friends. Focusing on creating experiences and spending time with loved ones is more valuable than spending money on gifts they probably won’t even remember a year from now.
Traditions passed from one generation to another are the cornerstone of what memories are built on. If you no longer incorporate the traditions passed down to you from your parents, and share them with your own children, start this year. No matter whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, it’s the rare traditions you put into practice that your children will remember and fondly recall and value as they get older, not the gifts they received.
If you’re worried about finances this holiday season, homemade gifts are a great alternative to give out to your family and friends. Homemade chocolate. A tin of cookies. Candles. Soap. A painting. If you’re not crafty or like to get your hands in the flour, then perhaps gift a nicely, designed voucher promising your future time instead, a shared experience, or promise to a friend or a loved one you’ll take them to do something they will enjoy. Homemade gifts involve someone’s time, effort and attention; since time is essentially someone’s life energy, we value it more.
We hope you find the value in these ideas and have a very wonderful holiday season.
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