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Conscious Thoughts: How Can Christmas Be Redirected Back To Family, Rather Than Money And Expense?

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Conscious Thoughts: How Can Christmas Be Redirected Back To Family, Rather Than Money And Expense?

There are a lot of festivals in the world. It is a time of joy and happiness and  family and friends coming together. But first of all, what is Christmas? This is when the birth of Christ is celebrated. Jesus, the son of God, was sent to this world to bring joy and unite us as one. Charles Dickens had said about Christmas

“I’ve always thought of Christmas

as a good time; a kind, forgiving,

generous, pleasant time; a time

when men and women seem to

open their hearts freely, and so I

say, God bless Christmas.”

How do we celebrate Christmas? Though am not a Christian but since this is a famous festival, it is known by everyone. I have seen people rushing to buy items at reduced prices before Christmas. The poor people, who cannot afford gifts to give each other, have to celebrate with each other’s company.

As with all other festivities, there are ways to celebrate with the family such as:

  • Preparation: Start preparing ahead of time. Plan for the food, gifts and whom to invite.
  • Do it yourself: People appreciate you more when you make food or gifts by yourself instead of buying directly from the market.
  • Decorate the house: Set the table with simple floral arrangements, and add a few lamps and candles. Decorate the Christmas tree using beautiful Christmas ornaments.
  • Invite family and friends: Have a small party. Exchange gifts and foods. You can also make special gifts for children.

Here’s to wishing you a very, merry Christmas!

Credit: Mr Timothy Agber, my colleague at Saint Louis Secondary Girls School for his input and comments.

For further reading on how to have a stress free Christmas see:

How to reduce your spend at the supermarket

Coping with holiday stress

How to plan Christmas dinner with minimal stress

Holiday gifts that count


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Garima is from India and lives in Nigeria. She studied Biomedical Science from London and has been teaching science. She loves crocheting, cooking and teaching.

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