Some Thoughts About Christmas

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, 

stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. 

It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. 

And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. 

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. 

What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. 

What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

  Dr. Seuss 

Growing up, I remember always looking out for “How The Grinch Stole Christmas on TV. I enjoyed watching the Grinch’s heart grow and how he was included in the big feast with all the Whos. This holiday classic taught us the essential holiday lessons. But if you watch this movie on TV today, you’ll be bombarded with commercials telling you to buy, buy, buy. Maybe I’m more sensitive about this now that I am a parent trying to raise well-balanced children. But if the violent heights of Black Friday is any indication, this consumerism is getting way out of hand.

There are alternatives. Leo Babauta from Zen Habits wrote about The No New Gifts Holiday Challenge. He wrote about ways to create new traditions that require a little creativity and lots of fun in the process. (And he wrote a follow-up to that post after receiving some concerned comments). You don’t need to spend a fortune to make Christmas memorable.

Although I won’t be following this challenge completely, I will make changes. This challenge doesn’t have to be all or nothing. I found a few great gifts from thrift shops that will be much appreciated. We will be making some of our holiday decorations. Maybe we’ll select some of our favorite photos of the year and have the kids dictate stories about those experiences. There are so many traditions we can start that don’t cost much. Just making the time for them will be the challenge!

What are some of your Christmas traditions? How do you keep the spirit of the holidays intact? 


4 thoughts on “Some Thoughts About Christmas

  1. This is a great post Ana. I hope that you and your family have a wonderful holiday season. I think one of the best gifts we can give our children is time and doing things with them. And it sounds like you are doing exactly that.

    One of my most special Christmas traditions was baking cookies with my son each year. We always had so much fun decorating them and then watching Christmas movies together as we ate all of the cookies we had just made. Now that he is an adult and we have grandchildren, I find that our traditions are changing to meet the needs of their family and that is perfect with me. This year our newest grandson will be 11 days old on Christmas Day. He is the best present that anyone could ever ask for.

    My best wishes to you and your family at this very special time of year.

    • I agree that time and activities together are what really matter during the holidays. Baking cookies is fun and so yummy!

      Congratulations on the birth of your newest grandson! Yes, that is the ultimate present!!!

      Thanks for stopping by, Ginny!

  2. Your post is a great reminder of what I think the holiday is supposed to be about – family & those you love. We do non traditional advent calendars. When the kids were little I wrapped up a book for each night of December (up to Xmas eve). At bedtime they unwrapped the story and we read it. I did buy a few books but most were books we already owned. The kids loved unwrapping (best part of the big morning to them) and then we had quiet time together. A win win for all! Have a great holiday!

    • I love this idea, Carolyn! Kids sure do love unwrapping gifts! I like the idea of using books new and already owned books. I’ll have to try this next year. Thanks for sharing and happy holidays!

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