Christmas is forever, not just for one day, for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away like bells and lights an tinsel, in some box upon a shelf. The good you do for others is good you do yourself. — Norman W. Brooks
Yup, the -BER months are finally here!
Before you know it, October and November will pass by in a breeze and then suddenly, Christmas is here! Do you have any idea on how you will spend the holidays? Have you started your Christmas countdown yet? Have you already made your wish list? If not, its about time you start getting ready for Christmas! While you are excitedly thinking of the gifts you will receive, it is good to note that Christmas is also about giving presents and reflecting on the true meaning of the celebration.
The first thing that you have to do is set goals. As early as now, create a list of things you want to do during the Christmas vacation. Also, jot down the things you would like to achieve before the year draws to a close. This season is the perfect time for reflections.
If you haven’t started saving up, now is the best time! You read it right, kids. It’s time for some money management so that you can buy Christmas presents for your loved ones. It does not mean you have to deprive yourself from buying things. Instead, manage your money well; differentiate the things you need from the things you want. This will enable you to become more disciplined and responsible.
However, your gifts need not be expensive or extravagant. You cane be thoughtful yet thrifty at the same time. Be creative. Unleash the artist in you. Make a personalized greeting card for Dad. Paint a picture of Mom. Design a shirt for Kuya and make simple accessories for Ate. Remember that the joy in gift-giving lies not only in unwrapping your own presents, but in wrapping somebody else’s gifts, too.
In wrapping those gifts, why not try using old colorful magazines or other recycled materials? Help save the environment this Christmas — what with all the increase in consumption, garbage, and megawatts for those blinking lights. You can do your part in making this Christmas truly green. In buying presents or party materials, choose items that are environment-friendly. Carry a cloth shopping bag with you so that you don’t have to ask for plastic bags in the stores.
It is also good to read Christmas stories. Try A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens or How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss. These stories will remind you of the true spirit of Christmas and will make you enjoy the festivities even more. You may also research on Christmas trivias. Impress your family and friends with the pieces of information that you know!
There are more things that you can do in preparing for Christmas. After all, Christmas is designed for everyone — for young and old, for Santa babies and Scrooges alike.
Just always remember that the best Christmas present can’t be found under the tree; it can be found in your heart. As Margaret Thatcher said, “Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.”
Bear in mind that Christmas is not only about parties or gifts. Christmas is about adding joy into this world, subtracting worries and sadness, multiplying hope and love, and dividing your blessing by sharing it with others.
Do not let The Grinch steal your Christmas!