Our economies are based on consumerism. If businesses want to survive, they must focus on materialism to encourage spending.
That emphasis led to the day after Thanksgiving becoming a significant shopping “holiday.” Before the pandemic, Walmart was even opening on the holiday so that you could eat your turkey and buy some toys.
People get stressed out about buying gifts and giving them around the holidays. That’s the materialism talking. If everything feels hollow, it’s time to shift gears and go in a different direction.
What Can I Do to Restore the Holiday Spirit?
Many families have holiday traditions that involve zero commercialism. They might watch a movie, read from a holy book, or bake a specific meal.
It’s an event that everyone looks forward to having all year.
Here are some ideas to help you put family traditions at the center of the holidays instead of presents and materialism.
1. Decide which traditions you love.
What holiday activities does your family appreciate the most? Is it lighting the menorah, decorating the Christmas tree, or having a snowball fight? When you can dial into the specifics, it’s easier to turn them into all-day events.
2. Discover what the holidays mean to others.
Try talking to your grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other family members about what the holidays were like for them while growing up. Most traditions tend to fade as time passes, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be revived. It feels good to come back to the ideas your family used to implement.
3. Create a new tradition.
Some families don’t have holiday traditions. That means you have the chance to start something new. You could go ice skating, bake cookies, or do anything else that feels important during that day.
What are some of your favorite holiday traditions that your family practices?