*Warning: this post contains an exuberance of holiday spirit*
In case the bombardment of Christmas music, advertisements for Christmas shopping, and endless variations of peppermint-flavoured products weren’t enough of an indication, it’s officially Christmastime!
Now, if you happen to be one of the Scrooge-like individuals that hate the Christmas season, you might not enjoy this post.
I absolutely love Christmas – I know, I know. Me and every other “westernized” female out there. Christmas can be very controversial, especially since it has become such a consumerist holiday (and I will admit, maintaining a love for Christmas while working retail during the holiday season is a true test of strength). But despite it being a very stressful time for many, I try not to focus on the negative aspects. I try not to get wrapped up (no pun intended) in gifts – Christmas, to me, should not be about presents.
For me, Christmas is about warmth, festivity, coziness, decorating the house, warm drinks, scarves, sweaters, and most importantly: spending time with the people you care about.Twinkling christmas lights, mittens, hot cocoa, singing christmas music with your family, enjoying the presence of those you love, and cheesy yet adorable holiday movies; these are the things that make Christmas special for me. When I think of Christmas, I feel a sense warmth inside. It’s almost as if it’s one month where (mostly) everyone has something in common. It’s a sort of shared, communal sense of festivity.
As far as presents go, too many people get caught up in “what should I ask for Christmas?” Children compose lists of xboxes, cellphones, etc. The idea of receiving a present on Christmas has seemingly overshadowed Christmas as a season of joy and giving – and no, I don’t mean materialistic giving of presents. It’s easy to fall into the mindset that you have to get amazing and expensive gifts for everyone. That shouldn’t be what Christmas is about. In my opinion, if you want to give gifts to your loved ones, it shouldn’t be about the price tag. It should be about “I saw this, and it made me think about you, and I thought you would like it”. Whether that be a purchased, created or recycled item, it should be about the thought. When I think of “giving”, I think of doing something for someone else. I think of giving your time.
This year my family, friends, and I decided not place as much of an emphasis on presents. We are blessed to have what we need. Instead, I would like to try doing something for someone else this season.
I know this season is crazy busy for mostly everyone out there, and it can be really difficult to find the time. But I wonder how much more special Christmas would be if we could remember that it really isn’t about presents, or things. It’s about time. It’s about love.
I’m making a conscious effort to slow down this year. I want to enjoy this season, and soak up every minute of it. I have quite a few Christmas-themed posts coming up that I’m super excited about, so make sure to stay tuned!
If you’d like to see my holiday movie recommendations, click here!
What does Christmas mean to you?