Over the last few years it’s become trendy in the run up to Christmas to talk about ‘de-stressing’ over festive organisation. Reminding people not to put themselves through the unnecessary burden of buying too many unwanted gifts and looking after their financial & mental wellbeing is admiral and important.
And of course whilst I agree you shouldn’t put yourself into debt to make Christmas extra special by buying extravagant, over the top gifts you can’t afford. I also think we shouldn’t give up on gift giving in general. There is something special about giving thoughtful gifts to the people you love. Think of the joy you felt the last time you found the perfect present for someone special.
The key is to shift our thinking about what makes an amazing gift. Thinking creatively… What would really make the person smile? What would remind them of how special they are to you? What would show them how much you care about them? These things don’t have to be expensive, they need to be personal. Reframe the conversation in your mind to what is important to them and buy/give/make something relevant; remind them about a joke, help them fulfil a personal ambition, ignite a passion or hobby, share an experience or even just your time.
It could be the smallest gift in the world…..it’s not about size or expense it’s about thoughtfulness and love.
"Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most."
Ruth Carter Stapleton
Christmas is the time to think about others, to put others first, to help others more than helping ourselves. May be this year we could all extend that thought wider.
With that in mind, if any of my network need anything over the festive period. Please shout. I’ll be happy to connect, spend time with you, listen to you, or help in anyway.
I don’t have any kids to worry about, I’m not planning on going out on the town etc so please just call, message or email. I don’t want anyone I know feeling like they are alone this year.
"And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the world seemingly most indifferent..."