How To Have A Merry, Memorable Christmas This Year

How To Have A Merry, Memorable Christmas This Year

How To Have A Merry, Memorable Christmas This Year

So, we’re only 3 days away from Christmas!  It sure came fast this year didn’t it!

There are many ways to make Christmas merry and memorable!

Unfortunately, sometimes it’s difficult nowadays to feel the joy through the cluttered maze that has become of Christmas.

And Covid isn’t helping anything this year.

Through the years, Christmas has strayed too far from its original purpose and become a highly commercialized event.

When it comes to the holiday season, more people are concerned with buying the “perfect” gift for others and anticipating what they will receive, rather than focusing on the true spirit of the holiday.

 

This year will be hard, in many ways.

Many of us have an empty place at the table this year, and lots of us are out of work. Money is tight.

Everyone handles things differently.  Some people put up their Christmas decorations early so they could enjoy them during these times.

Personally, I just can’t get into decorating this year.  I’ve been focusing more on work and getting through this whole covid thing.

And so this live is as much for me as it is for all of you.

With everything that is going on this year, this is the absolute best time to get back to the basics when it comes to the season of gift giving, love, sharing, and caring.

This year, you can make your Christmas a joyous and stress-free holiday by following these 3 easy tips:

1 – Give of Yourself.

If you enjoy providing gifts to others, that’s a nice gesture. However, you should avoid dwelling on it too much.

No matter what you can or cannot afford, there’s always one gift that you can give to others: the gift of your time.

    • Christmas is only as commercialized as you allow it to be. Although it costs nothing, your time is the most precious gift of all.

There are many ways that you can give of yourself to others this holiday season:

    • Be a friend who listens.
    • Spend time with a loved one, even if it has to be on zoom, or outside with masks.
    • Help someone with their household chores.
    • Babysit for a mother or father who really needs a break.
    • Let others know that you are available anytime they may need your help.

I know we need to be careful.  If you’re helping someone at high-risk, be sure to wear masks and stay distanced as much as possible.

But if you get creative, you can find ways to give to others and still be safe.

2 – Use Your Talents.

No matter how nice that watch appears to look in the jewelry case, the homemade pen holder or the homemade blanket that you create for your friend, neighbor, coworker, or family member will be much more appreciated than anything you can buy in a store.

Ultimately, handmade gifts are priceless, whereas the store bought gift will lose value over time.

Sure, store bought gifts are nice, but people will value your handmade gifts more due to one reason: you put your time, efforts, and love into creating those gifts.

When the receiver thinks about your hard work and dedication in creating the gift, it will become more and more cherished.

Here are some ideas of homemade gifts you can make:

    • Fresh-baked cookies, pies or jams
    • Hand sewn quilts or crocheted scarves
    • Framed photo collage
    • Personalized scrapbooks
    • Custom made jewelry

3 – Cherish Your Time Together.

In the end, we can’t take back time.

Our time is lost in so many ways on a daily basis – especially around the holidays.

It’s time to place our priorities on our family and friends rather than on the shopping and holiday preparations.

Zoom family dinners, video calls… anything that allows us to talk to our loved ones while being separated is the way things are this year.

But get creative and make the best of them.  These things will hopefully allow us to all be here and able to celebrate in person next year

Why fight the crowds during the holidays when you could be enjoying your kids’ day off from school together?

We’ve struggled enough with home school and trying to make sure they get everything done.

So maybe you can figure out some creative ways to create some warm, happy memories?

If you and your spouse don’t enjoy spending your day standing in long lines at crowded stores, then change it!

What new holiday tradition can you start this year, just the two of you at home?

If you want to make your holiday truly merry, remember to spend the time that you have with your loved ones enjoying each other.

Make joyous memories instead of a frenzy of worrying, shopping, cooking, buying gifts and over-stressing.

I know we all know all of this, but sometimes we just need a reminder.

Of course, whatever you do this year, please make every effort to stay safe.

Life is so precious and we never know how long we have on this earth.  And we sure don’t want to hurry that along because of covid.

But if you take some of these ideas to heart, you’re sure to have a merry, memorable Christmas this year.

And this year will become something that is talked and reminisced about for years to come.

Now I’d Love to Hear from You

So how about you?

What kinds of things do you do to make Christmas really special?

What are you doing this year to make Christmas special, while staying safe?

Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

I’d love to hear your stories.

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