The season is upon us, and one of the happy things to report this year is what seems like a bit of a swinging back of the pendulum, from the excesses in recent years of frantic, blockbuster sales encroaching even into Thanksgiving Day. This trend has compromised the quality of a really special day of focusing on gratitude for what we have (rather than what we still want or intend to get!) for many retail workers and their families, not to mention consumers lured away from the simple joys of cooking and being with family for deals they just didn’t want to miss. We saluted this trend in our last post, and hope it continues to grow!
There are all kinds of ways to approach the holidays, and of course every individual and every family has to figure out their own best way. If you are looking for ways to make your holiday season less stressful, more meaningful, less expensive and maybe more environmentally friendly, you may find some helpful ideas in these past posts. And tips for giving gifts that don’t create more clutter can be found here.
We hope that our readers will enjoy both getting and giving presents in the weeks ahead–but hopefully ones that will truly enrich your lives, and not just add to the clutter.
In other words, we hope that you will have holidays that are filled with the excitement and joy of the holidays–but as little worry and stress as possible. And that you will find happiness in those simple gifts that require no packaging at all–time spent with friends and family, appreciation of holiday music and art, enjoyment of the general cheerfulness to be found (if you look in the right places! 🙂 ), and of course the peace and harmony that we all wish for at this time of year.
Janet Hulstrand is a writer/editor, writing coach, travel blogger, and coauthor of Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home.