Black Friday… the official start to the holiday rush and buying season. Millions of Americans will get up early on Black Friday to beat the massive crowds. They will compete for the nearest parking spaces, wait in long lines to buy more stuff just because it’s on sale.
Many of these frenzied sale shoppers will empty their wallets on gifts for themselves and others for for things they may not need… or even want. They become stressed, overwhelmed, and often feel guilty for overspending. According to a recent study in Thrive Global many even lose sleep over it.
And to think that all of this happens just one day after Thanksgiving. When we gathered around the dinner table with family and friends to give thanks for all we already have!
The stress related to the holiday season is real, but just how much of that stress is our own doing? Is it time to rethink the holiday gift giving tradition and create a new one?
The best gift you can give yourself and your loved ones this year is a gift-free holiday.
Why not do something different this year and start by experiencing the Joy Of Missing Out (on Black Friday)?
Why not ignore the outside pressure to buy more?
Why not ignore the traditional sense of obligation to buy gifts?
Instead, why not create more opportunities for meaningful conversations and priceless experiences with those you care about?
It’s never too late to prioritize those who matter most to you and it’s never too late to reinvent holiday traditions that will bring greater joy – not more stress. It is also an opportunity to push the reset button providing an example to your children and grandchildren – that time together is the most important gift of all.
You can start today by creating a family vision for what the holidays could look like if they were gift-free. Brainstorm ideas of things you could do together that the whole family could enjoy. These are just a fun ideas to get you started:
- Cook together. Take turn planning meals, being lead chef or sous chef.
- Spend time at the kitchen table playing board games, card games, or telling stories.
- Make goodies bags for elderly neighbors or shut-ins.
- Write letters to our soldiers and troops who won’t be home for the holidays.
- Visit a Christmas tree farm, cut down your own tree, make decorations.
- Go caroling with friends.
- Read a good book, share it with your family.
- Invite friends in for an old fashioned pot-luck supper.
Let go of “should’s” and “have-to’s” this holiday season. Set boundaries on your time, money and energy so you can connect with each other and experience the true meaning and essence of the holiday season.
Rita Wilkins, The Downsizing Designer
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