Yupp, it's that time of the year again. For me as a child, Christmas used to be the most exciting time. I would finally get the Tamagotchi I've been eyeing-off all year. But somewhere in my teenage years, the hype about Christmas shifted. Material things did no longer provide the same satisfaction it once did (or did it ever, really?).
This article is for you who feel the same way I do about Christmas. To you who want Christmas to be about meaningfulness and closeness with family and friends. To you who has realised things will never satisfy the soul the way experiences and real connections do.
My Christmas list:
- Experiences over gifts. I know what you're thinking, "But experiences are sooo expensive!". Hello, an experience can be as simple as a picnic on the beach.
- Giving back. Sign up as a volunteer at a homeless event on Christmas day. Bring your uncle, grandma, and whoever else you normally spend the day with. I promise it will be much more fun than spending the day the same way you always do.
- Move your body. Just because it's Christmas doesn't mean you should stop all exercise and overeat on chocolate. Go for a morning walk on the beach and finish off with a dip in the ocean. If your body feels great, chances are your mind will too.
- Appreciation letters. If you really want to give someone a gift, why not write a letter with all the things you appreciate about that person? That's a meaningful gift that they can carry with them forever.
- No phones. Okay, this will probably be really hard for many of you but don't let it scare you. Turn the phone off for 24hrs. Yes, you heard right! Hide the phone. Forget about it. Soak in the presence. Talk. Play. Hug. Drink coffee. Without the phone. You will thank me later.
That's it for now, enjoy your holiday! And, please turn off your phone.