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Ways to Buck the Trend And Add Meaning to the Holidays

Although the holidays are supposed to be a joyous time, filled with laughter, for some folks it just gets frustrating. The holidays are really meant to be about love and family and celebrating.

It seems like more and more the holidays end up being about who got what for who, sales or the hustle and bustle of trying to get some much done in such a short amount of time that we end up forgetting what the holidays are all about.

So instead of letting the trends of the madness carry you away from the meaning of the holidays, take a look below at ways to re-focus on what is important about the holidays.

Remember why we are here. We are not here to buy fifty pair of shoes, own three cars, a huge house, or have lots of things. We are here to learn, grow, and enjoy each other. So, take a few minutes to remember why we are here.

Appreciate each other. We all have people in our lives that we love and cherish and sometimes we forget to tell them. So, take time out during the holidays to re-focus and tell friends, family, and any other people in your life that you care about and tell them how you feel about them.


Use the holidays as a chance to touch base with someone you haven’t talked to in a while and re-connect with them. If you lost someone you loved tomorrow will you care what they did or did not buy you or will you just want them to know how you feel about them?

Make it count. Our lives in general are pretty busy, but throw the holidays in and it seems to move twice as fast. Make a conscious effort to savor the little moments, like when you see someone do something nice for another. Because that is a reminder of what the holidays are all about. You can see the meaning of the holidays everywhere if you are on the lookout, so pay attention.

Be kind and caring. The holidays can be rough for some folks, so keep that in mind during the holiday season. If you are able, donate your time, or your money, volunteer at a local shelter. By giving to those who don’t have as much you will feel better about yourself and you will be helping out someone who needs a little extra at the holidays.

Be reflective and grateful. Take the time to look at your life and realize how much you do really have. Think about the family and friends who are in your life and think about the things you do have: a roof over your head, food on the table, etc… Those are the things to be grateful for.

The holidays are rough in terms of making life crazy busy, but if you truly want to you, you can take the time to look at who you have in your life and what you have in your life and be grateful and appreciative of those people and things.

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