The holidays are officially upon us and whether you are celebrating Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanza or anything in between, it is a time to be savored. And in order to make the most of this time, the need for simplicity has never been more pressing.
Simplifying the holidays will create a season of fulfillment, laughter, beautiful memories and the ability to continue to smile after it is all said and done. Here are a few ways to successful pare down, but also thoroughly enjoy this time of year.
Through A Child’s Eyes
Oh So Memorable
To entirely get away from giving gifts is very difficult for most of us, but what I have discovered is that the most memorable gifts to receive are experiences, not things. The moments and memories that are created due to purchasing your loved one tickets to fly to their favorite city, or tickets to a sold-out concert of their dreams will be something that will be cherished much longer than a tangible item in a box. And if it is a gift for your significant other, why not plan a weekend away – book the flight, hotel and dinner at an exclusive restaurant. Now that is something a necktie can’t top.
Less Is More
Keep It PersonalWhen it comes to sending out your holiday cards, there is nothing more memorable than reading a dear friend’s handwritten words directed solely to you. Realizing that someone took the time to convey their thoughts on paper and include more than just the phrase Happy Holidays is a priceless gift in its own right. The typed two page letter that is sent out to all one or two hundred of your supposedly closest friends feels more as though bragging is taking place, and quite honestly, if you wanted to share such intimate details with everyone, there are eleven other months during the year to pick up the phone or write an email. For what it’s worth, keeping it personal during the holidays takes thought, time and consideration and each one is very valuable and even more memorable. While you may be only able to send out a fraction of the number of cards you used to send out, those who receive your handwritten cards will cherish it much more.
Shift Your Focus
I hope that at least one of these ideas are something you too can incorporate into your holiday season and that it brings with it an even greater opportunity to focus on those things that truly matter.
My wish to you, my readers, is that this holiday season be the most memorable one you’ve been able to celebrate so far, and no matter how you choose to celebrate, I hope it is exactly as you had hoped. Happy Holidays!
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