It’s easy to lose sight of what Christmas is really about. The commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ is a season of giving, healing, and joy. That means real, true joy, not the kind of superficial joy that comes and goes like the turning of a page on the calendar.
That tends to get lost a bit in our modern version of Christmas, which is celebrated mostly by giving and getting presents, eating too much, and getting a day or two off work. Those things are all well and good, but they don’t paint a complete picture. Too often, we get caught up in trying to create a “perfect” Christmas experience, and end up being too caught up in material things.
With that in mind, don’t think about Christmas in terms of what you need to make it perfect. Consider instead the things you really don’t need this holiday season. When you get rid of what you don’t need you might just discover that what’s left is even more precious than you realized.
Lots of Expensive Presents
This is a big one. While the spirit of giving and generosity is absolutely a major part of what makes the Christmas season special, it’s very easy to put too much emphasis on gift giving and getting. Surprisingly, it seems like the giving part is the hardest to let go of.
We often put too much pressure on ourselves to find the perfect gift for everyone on our list. Or we put too much stock in giving our kids everything they’ve asked for, stretching our budgets and sanity thin in an attempt to create our idea of a perfect Christmas for the ones we love. Ultimately, that’s not what the holiday is about.
Going frantically from store to store in search of that one perfect something has been burned into our collective brains by Hollywood, but could anything be further from the true spirit of Christmas?
Just remember that small gifts are okay. Homemade gifts are okay. No gifts at all is okay. A generous spirit and a need to give the best and biggest present are not the same thing.