How To Make Christmas Special Without Spending a Fortune

I love Christmas, I really do, but I don’t like how commercialized its become. Everywhere you turn these days, there are ads for laptops and big screen TVs and expensive toys. Stores are desperate for us to spend money we don’t have on a bunch of crap we don’t need, and the pressure to get the perfect gift is immense. Somewhere along the way, I think the real meaning of Christmas has gotten overshadowed by the over-commercialization of the season, and that makes me kind of sad. How do we reclaim the holidays for what it really is? This is what I’ve been thinking about lately.

Send Christmas Cards
Tools like Facebook have made us into a non-card-sending society. Why send a card when you can just write on someone’s wall? Each year I receive fewer and fewer Christmas cards from people, and I admit that I haven’t sent any out in a few years. Well, this year it’s going to be different! I am busily making my Christmas card list and I’ve already bought the cards AND the stamps! I am looking forward to making myself a hot chocolate, lighting some candles, putting on the Christmas music and sitting down to write cards to family and friends.

Handmade Gifts
My best friend/business partner and I have handmade some gifts this year for friends and clients. Not only was it fun to do, it didn’t cost us a lot. I also have plans to do more baking this year, and have those gifts to give as well. Handmade gifts mean so much more to people than big screen TVs. And they are way more fun to give, too! Consider making some of your gifts this year, and see how it goes!

Visit People
I remember when I was a kid, our house always had visitors over the holidays. Friends would pop by with baking, just to wish us a Merry Christmas and be on their way. It was a lovely gesture and one that we often returned as well. That kind of good cheer is what makes the holidays so special, I think. You don’t have to make each visit epic – just drop by and wish friends the best of the season. It means a lot.

This year, I’m vowing to steer clear of the commercial part of the holidays. Yes, I will still buy some presents for my loved ones. But I am going to put extra effort into enjoying the season for what it is – a time for reflection, appreciation, and good times with family and friends.

Merry Christmas!

Susan Murphy

Susan Murphy has been working in media and communications for 25 years. She is an award winning television producer with hundreds of shows to her credit. Susan is a partner and digital storyteller at Jester Creative Inc., where she helps people find compelling ways to connect with their audience through video, web design, social media, and training. - See more at:

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