Ways to have a simpler, more meaningful family Christmas

Christmas: Making Your Holiday Simple & Meaningful

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With a little creativity, you can have a warmer, closer gathering with family and friends without the credit card hangover that comes from holiday overspending. Here are some methods you can choose to use to save your holidays.

Prevent a One Day Event and Lengthen the Holiday Season

Thrifty Living Today

Major holidays are important events. Let's give the family and the faith more attention and spend less time and attention on shopping. At one point, sales were held after the holidays. Now, with Black Friday's popularity, it is difficult to ignore the circus. Can family events diminish the need to spend holiday hours dashing through department stores?

My Story: Recycled Christmas

contributed by Lorrie

Frugal and green living have always been important to me. An area that used to concern me for both reasons was gift giving at Christmas. The obsession of finding the right gifts and then watching the huge pile of wrapping paper grow made me crazy. So, a few years back, I decided to offer a new idea to my grown children. Everyone agreed to holding our first "Recycled Christmas."

Best Christmas Ever

Pamela Parks

Best Christmas ever! Those are the words I always dreamed of hearing from my kids, but somehow "Bah Humbug" always came out of my own mouth before Christmas morning ever hit. But finally, last year, that magical moment came when the kids said it, and I had never uttered one bah humbug all month.

How to Unwrap Christmas Gifts

Sherry Nelson

It is time to teach children to appreciate all that they receive: ribbons, papers, boxes and gifts. This year, when you gather around the tree to receive your gifts, pretend it is 1950 and use the "unwrapping values" from those "old" days.

Instead of Gifts

Reader Solutions

Is your family considering some new traditions as an alternative to gift giving? Do you want to have special family time that will be meaningful to all? Maybe you have all that you need and even what you want. It's time to move beyond the hype and make the season more meaninful. Our readers share how to do just that.

Shoeboxes for Christmas

Nancy Twigg

At the age of four, we felt it was time for our daughter to begin learning about Christmas giving rather than just receiving. I explained what we were going to do and then took her to the local dollar store to select items for our shoebox. I was a little worried she would get the "gimmes." On the contrary, she had great fun picking out things for the shoebox. We enjoyed the experience so much that we have participated every year since then. As we collected items for our shoebox last year, a thought occurred to me. The concept of giving shoeboxes for Christmas has other practical applications. Here are a few applications.

Create a More Meaningful, Less Expensive Christmas

Virginia Brucker

Put your time and energy into creating a Christmas that focuses on people rather than on gifts. You can create a joyous, magical holiday for your family. In doing so, you will leave a legacy of wonderful memories that will linger after the holidays end. Here are some inexpensive ideas to help you create "more Christmas with less money."

Second Chance Christmas

Phyllis Ring

Does Christmas feel like it belongs to the mall and the advertisers more than anything else? Are you frustrated at how such a holy season has become about consumption of goods rather than celebration of spirit? Then maybe it's time to try an experiment. Why not find a different approach and actually enjoy this beautiful season completely and for all the right reasons?

Counting Your Blessing

Connie Stone

When you think about counting your blessings, what comes to mind? Your car, your home, your belongings? All those are definitely blessings, and we should be thankful for them. But what about the blessings that money can't buy?

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