Christmas is a wonderful time of the year where family and friends come together to share gifts, put up decorations and/or spend quality time together. However you spend Christmas Day and the lead up to it, I hope you find some of these things useful for the rest of December 🙂
Patience when shopping: Christmastime is obviously a very busy time of the year for shops as everyone is trying to find the perfect gift for their loved ones or making the most of items being on sale. It is important that even when you get stuck in a long queue or something you want to buy is out of stock, that you are patient as there is usually nothing that you or the retailers can do about it.
Do Christmas your way: You don’t have to conform to the typical traditions of Christmas, in fact it’s really fascinating how each family spends Christmas differently. This could be alterations to already established traditions or completely knew ones, but pick things that work for your friends and family. For instance, at my house we have a vegetarian meal (usually some kind of veggie/nut roast) and fish for my dad and sister for Christmas dinner rather than a turkey or ham with Yorkshire puddings, roasted potatoes and gravy on the side.
Alternative gift ideas: If you are unsure of what to purchase someone as a gift, don’t just buy them unnecessary plastic items that will most likely be tossed in the bin in the new year! Instead, either buy non-material gifts or make your own handmade gifts so you are helping the environment and not supporting unnecessary consumerism. Non-material gifts are great because the large magnitude of options means that there is something for everyone, such as donating to someone’s favourite charity or getting tickets to a theatre production. Homemade gifts are more meaningful as you dedicate time and energy into a gift and it can also be personalised, and it is cost effective. You could bake someone cookies or create a scrapbook with pictures, captions and cute decorations.
Christmastime is for everyone in different ways: There are many ways to enjoy the Christmas season. You could be a Christian that celebrates Christmas due to its significance as the birth of Jesus. You could celebrate it as it is a joyous time with family and friends. You could not celebrate Christmas and just simply appreciate the day off or the atmosphere of decorations and happiness or the sales in shops. However you spend it, don’t forget that there is something that everyone can gain from Christmastime and don’t get annoyed by someone else’s way of spending it 🙂