Many people hear the phrase “home made Christmas gifts”, and they tend to think “cheap skate”. I know that many people are cheap because they don’t value, the people in their lives however; many just don’t have the disposable cash to spend on expensive gifts. After all, Christmas is supposed to be about good will as well as giving.
When I was a child, years ago in the hills of West Virginia, the most valuable gifts that we received were at Christmas time were things useful. We did receive our fair share of fun gifts that most children enjoy, but many of our gifts were practical things that we actually needed. For example, we received child sized table and chairs that we actually used as a place for us to eat. I come from a large family and there was never enough room for all of us to sit at the table at one time so gift was something that we got everyday use from.
We have gotten far too caught up in the pomp and circumstance of Christmas. It has become so commercial that the original message has been sacrificed in the name of financial gain. This has shaped our view of the world and not for the better. Instead of focusing on doing what is right and good all year long, we use “Peace on earth and good will to men” as a sales pitch for items that are not as important as we think that they should be.
What if we started to create new Christmas traditions for our families? Why not place high value on making home-made gifts for our family and friends? Why not knit or crochet a nice hat, mittens or a scarf instead of spending a lot of money on named brand items? Of course you would have to start a few months before Christmas and that is the fun of it.
DECIDE AS A FAMILY:
It is important to decide as family how to go about celebrating Christmas. We all love the modern convenience of being able to order our gifts online or pick them up from a shop, Whether we admit it or not, it is more stressful thinking about what gifts to buy when you order them online because if you don’t do it in time, you won’t receive them when you need them. This creates undo stress and sucks the joy out of Christmas making it just another cumbersome chore.
Ask your family for their input for ideas on how you can have a more meaningful, less stressful Christmas holiday. This is not something that you want to put off until a few months before Christmas, this is something that should be started a year to six months before to get your family used to the idea and give you time to think about what you want to make them for gifts if you choose to go that route.
There are so many ways that you can decide to celebrate Christmas as a family that will give you pause to think about just what the real meaning of Christmas is to you. Rather you make home-made Christmas gifts, serve those in need in your community or both your world view will expand and so will the children that you have charge over.
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