“Making a List, and Checking it Twice” (Christmas/Holidays Unplugged)

By , November 16, 2007 1:55 pm

No, not a list for Santa, not a gift list, or even a “to-do” list. If you really want to unplug your holidays then why not start by making a list of what your particular holiday means to you, or at least what you would like it to mean.

Only once you figure out what you want your holiday to be, can you then take steps to make that vision a reality.

For example, Christmas to some people has a deeply religious meaning. To others it is a time to gather with family. For others, it may be a time to think more about helping people and making our world a better place. Perhaps your “ideal Christmas” is a combination of several of these themes.

I can pretty much guarantee that no one is going to put on their list:

  • “Christmas is a time to spend a lot of money at Walmart buying gifts of cheap plastic toys and nose hair trimmers.”
  • “What I like most about Christmas is running around like a crazy person trying to create the perfectly decorated house like in Better Homes and Gardens December issue.”
  • “My favorite Christmas pastime is spending hours writing hundreds Christmas cards to send to every friend, family member and business acquaintance I have ever known in my life, all while worrying that I might forget someone who will send ME a card and thus make me feel bad for not having sent them one.”

So, write your holiday list and see if your usual holiday matches what you want to be celebrating. If not, then perhaps it is time to make a few changes.

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13 Responses to ““Making a List, and Checking it Twice” (Christmas/Holidays Unplugged)”

  1. Andrée says:

    You know, it never occurred to me to write a list of ideals and then live them. I write todo lists and then torture myself. I know exactly what Christmas is for me and what will be on my life. It”s time to write it all down and fulfill my dream of Christmas. Thank you.

  2. amanda says:

    I love this. I’m going to do this with my husband so we can make sure we are on the same page as we head into the season of festivities.

    LOL . . . nose hair trimmers . . .

  3. CelticMommy says:

    Will be done with the article tomorrow.
    :-) Hettie

  4. Don Mills Diva says:

    That is a great idea. I love doing up the house and bustling about but the last few years we have really made an effort to cut down on the gift giving. We are all so blessed it seems like a sin to keep piling on the presents.

  5. missbecky75 says:

    So nicely put!

    I really need to start thinking about what I want Christmas to be for my kids. For me growing up, it was tons and tons of presents. I mean half the living room floor was full. Mom wrapped everything! If she bought two pairs of socks, there were two wrapped presents. Looking back, it was insane!

    My kids are still small enough that we can really start to focus on what we want Christmas to be for our family.

    Thanks for the great idea!

  6. An Ordinary Mom says:

    I adore this simple, yet sound advice!

  7. dawn224 says:

    Today I was starting to think I needed to get Scout presents – I have no money and I have no idea of what he would really really like to have (last year it was a GPS – lots of money, but I knew it was all he really wanted – and he really appreciated it – so – worth it) This year – not so much. I started thinking of things I could get him that would just amount to crap under the tree…

    I came home and asked if we could stockings for each other. Stockings have always been fun for me and I feel like I can get him random things that might make him smile without the pressure of finding the right gift for him to unwrap.

    He seems game. I’m still a little stuck though since his birthday is the 28th. Ug.

  8. Charlotte says:

    Hey there! Thought you might like to know that you’ve inspired me to a post … http://theatricalmilestones.blogspot.com/2007/11/no-iphone-needed.html

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