Christmas has certainly gotten complicated over the years, hasn’t it? Instead of simply enjoying time with family, we have turned Christmas into a list of required rituals and an endless drain on the wallet. This year, why not go against the grain and have an old fashioned Christmas? Here’s how to have a nice old fashioned Christmas, without the stress and complications.
1. Use What You Have. Old fashioned Christmas fun was always thrifty. Skip the fancy decor and use what you have. You don’t have to have a theme or change colors from year to year. It’s OK to use the same decorations for as long as they hold up. In fact, for kids it’s memorable and comforting. Resist the temptation to go all out. Simple pleasures make better memories than stress and perfectionism.
2. Simplify the Meal. Oh boy, it’s Christmas and the heat is on in the kitchen. We simply must have every single traditional holiday food on the table. Or not. Why cause undue stress and pressure by insisting on getting every recipe just right? Relax and keep the meal simple. Christmas is about family bonding. The important thing is making and enjoying the holiday meal together. It doesn’t really matter what’s on the menu.
3. Make Your Gifts Special. It seems we have become accustomed to heaping loads of random gifts on loved ones for Christmas. In fact, some people are disappointed when they receive just one gift, or none at all. Have an old fashioned Christmas this year. Make each gift special by putting some thought into it. Give fewer gifts with more meaning behind them. Better yet, make them yourself for a personal touch. Avoid the stress of holiday shopping.
4. Family Fun. You don’t have to see the latest Christmas movie or whoever on ice to have fun with your family during the holidays. How about going sledding or building a snowman together? Old fashioned fun like this allows you to bond and get to know each other, without the expensive tickets. It’s not about being cheap, it’s about face to face stress free interaction with friends and family.
5. Share the Spirit. The most important factor of an old fashioned Christmas is sharing it with others. Irregardless of popular opinion, Christmas isn’t just for Christians. Respecting the beliefs of others reflects the true spirit of the holiday season. So wish everyone you see a Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah or simply Happy Holidays. The words are nowhere near as important as the love behind them.