Gifts of time

One year I was gathering a list of the Top 25 Christmas Songs for a presentation about increasing the joy and decreasing your stress at holiday time.

When reviewing this list, I was so surprised to see that only one mentioned gifts and Santa Claus.

The rest of these songs are all about the memories and the wishes to be home and with family on Christmas.

This is what Christmas and the holiday season are really about.

Contrary to retailers everywhere, holidays are not about money or gifts.

Holidays are about the great things of life.  Not about what you can buy.  It’s not about how much money you have.  

Holidays are about what you create for yourself and your family.  

Make the holidays and the message in your home about the most important things- love, family, warmth, and being together.

The fullness of your holiday is not measured by the number of gifts but by the traditions and memories created in being together.

Decorate the tree, go see the lights at the zoo, ice skate at the local place, have a movie night with favorite holiday movies, and save room for hot chocolate, popcorn, and enjoying the holiday decorations of a favorite neighborhood. 

Give your kids less of what they don’t want and more of what they really need for the holidays…  your time, your attention, and your love.