The holiday season is all about family time, togetherness, and fun. But some of those traditions of old may not fit in with your modern family or your lifestyle. When the season fast approaches, it can be stressful trying to keep up with all of the festivities and shopping. Read on to discover six ways you can reinvent the holiday season to make it your own.
1. Encourage Giving
Holidays are all about giving, but that should also include those who are less fortunate. Consider doing a toy drive for organizations like Toys for Tots this year. When you encourage a spirit of giving, you lead by example and inspire others to do the same. Plus, it’s always nice to remember how fortunate you are to be able to give something to others in need.
2. Get Crafty
Store-bought and mass-produced gifts are fine for some things but giving something that you made yourself holds a whole lot more meaning. Come up with some creative ideas and give the gift of your talent and time with a homemade present. Whether it’s candles you made in your kitchen or a gorgeous wreath you put together with items at the craft store, these types of gifts are meaningful and will surely be appreciated by anyone who receives them.
3. Update Those Old Recipes
If eggnog and fruitcake just isn’t your thing, there’s no reason why you can’t reinvent the wheel this holiday season. Come up with some new, fun recipes that incorporate a modern spin on the classics. Try a mulled wine with spices or look for new cookie recipes that are healthier than the sugar-filled cookies of old. Host a party and have each guest bring their own version of a traditional holiday treat to see how creative you can get.
4. Focus on Experiences, Not Things
Sure, getting gifts is a lot of fun, but so is spending time together. Instead of material gifts, consider giving the gift of experiences. Whether it’s going to a few fun holiday festivals or attending a presentation of The Nutcracker, try switching your focus from physical objects to togetherness with the ones you love. It can even be a gift certificate for a hot air balloon ride or yoga classes, as long as it’s focused on the moment instead of the stuff.
5. Stress Less
Between holiday parties and making meals, the spirit of the season can get lost in the stress. Do your best to remember that this is a time of year to be thankful and celebrate, so don’t let the pressure get to you. Take some time for self-care and relaxation throughout the holiday season. And remember – you can only do so much, and then it’s best to let that feeling of pressure go so you can enjoy the moment.
6. Make Memories with New Traditions
The best way to reinvent the holiday season is to come up with some new traditions of your own. Whether it’s a fun secret Santa gift exchange or an ugly Christmas sweater party, there are no set rules about how you can celebrate the holidays. Make sure you do things your way, and always remember that it’s never too late to start a new tradition. Enjoy this time of year and try new things, embrace a spirit of giving, and enjoy the whole thing with the ones you love.