How to Save Your Family: Find ‘More’ in Less
Let’s change things up this Christmas season by finding ‘more’ in less: More giving, less cost, more joy, less stress, more creativity, and less commercialism. More depth in our relationships, and less stuff in our closets.
How do we do that?
First, let’s put gift-giving in context. Giving gifts is an excellent way to express love, so keep in mind the larger context of our gift-giving: It’s a celebration of our Father’s love and His greatest Gift--His Son. In that same spirit, we can celebrate our love of others and give the best gifts we can imagine (and afford).
Second, think creatively and personally. Spending extravagant amounts or buying gift upon gift won’t guarantee that we’ve given a meaningful gift. Set aside time to think—and pray—about each person on your list. What would make them happy, that’s in your capacity to give? Consider re-creating a memory or tailoring a gift to personal tastes in music: copy and frame a treasured photo of a beloved family member or make a playlist of big-band favorites or rock and roll classics. Make small loaves of homemade bread or muffins and deliver those to friends, special teachers, or business associates.
Finally, stop and savor your family traditions, from looking at old photo albums or family movies to cutting and trimming the tree, to baking gingerbread cookies together. It’s the time spent with one another that matters most. Jeffrey Froh, the author of Making Grateful Kids, points out that savoring small moments is a wonderful way to instill gratitude and nourish our relationships. “It’s not about having more but how we extract as much as we can from what we already have.”
That sounds like a bargain to me.