As a child I was so excited for Christmas. For gifts (of course!) but to travel, catching up with family spread all over the country and spending time with friends at any chance.
Now I find myself at odds with Christmas, disdainful of the carols that flood our daily lives from early November and dissatisfied with the array of gifts I feel obligated to buy for people I hardly know.
Christmas feels hollow to me and I don’t think I'm the only one.
In an effort to fix this I've set myself a resolution, or a set of commandments, that I hope will bring back some of the love I once had for this time of year.
Buy small or not at all- One gift that is thoughtful and useful is worth more than any amount of trinkets waiting to be chucked or regifted.
Food is your friend- If you need a small gift, go for something edible! Not only does this reduce the waste of unwanted presents but home made goods are a great way to avoid overspending in a time designed for it.
Support artists- Whether its a book, a film or a ticket to something coming up, this gift reduces the consumption of things we don't need whilst supporting creators of things that truly bring us joy.
Buy second-hand- If there's something specific you're looking for, check for second-hand items first. Vintage items can often be higher quality or unique whilst having the benefit of supporting local businesses and charities rather than mega corporations.
Family first- remember that whilst Christmas has a crazy and convoluted past, it has always centered on celebration with friends and family, whether its blood relatives or a found family take the time to tell people that you love and appreciate them.
I hope these steps reconnect me with Christmas and maybe they'll help you too.