A few questions to ask yourself this holiday season....How are you simplifying your holiday this year? What type of example and lessons are you teaching your children this Christmas?
Are you competing with your social media friends to post a photo with the most gifts under the tree? Why? What does that do for you?
Or are you making minimal, conscious & meaningful purchases or creating long lasting memories and experiences instead?
A few things to consider instead of racking up your credit cards and giving hoards of useless gifts this year:
1. Volunteer (we’re delivering meals to elderly, as a family). Work a soup kitchen or help at an animal shelter. Collect blankets and jackets for the homeless.
2. Do good deeds: roll in a neighbors trash cans for a week, offer to mow an elderly neighbors grass, walk someone’s dog, offer to take a mama friends kids for a few hours this month to give her a break, lend someone a good book or wash a spouses car.
3. Make a charitable donation: the Wildfires have wiped out homes and have devastated lives: donate money, clothing, a few books, gently used toys, toiletries. Help these families get back on their feet.
4. Make memories! Spend time with friends and family: have coffee, dinner, have a craft night, make cookies together or go for a walk! Cozy up by the fire, make Gut healthy hot cocoa with lots of marshmallows!
5. Enjoy holiday cheer: walk or drive around your neighborhood and observe holiday lights and decor. Stroll through downtown areas and enjoy all the lovely decorations at the City center (which usually have a tree!). 5. Make handmade gifts: cards, baked goods, hand sewn items, hand made soy wax candles or roll beeswax candles, bundle fresh herbs, dry peppermint leaves and fill tea bags to share, make natural cleaners to gift, make essential oil rollers, soaps. The possibilities are endless!
More than likely, we already have a lot of items we already need. Look around you.
This year, maybe consider less. Less really is more. 👊🏻