The holiday season is about spending time with loved ones, and reminding ourselves what we are grateful for. With mass media advertising, it can be hard to remember that. Here’s our best advice for avoiding consumerism culture this holiday season, and staying true to what this wintery season is all about.
Just because someone in your life can/wants to shower you with gifts, doesn’t mean you have to reciprocate in the same way. Holiday gifts don’t equivocate to love, and this isn’t a competition. Try to keep that in mind.
If you make the choice to avoid giving tangible gifts this season, and it will make you uncomfortable to receive them, let your family and friends know. Don’t feel bad about setting boundaries and speaking out about what works for you.
Give Back to the Right Places
Have some extra money to spend but don’t want to use it for mindless gifts? Why not donate to a non-profit in someone’s name. Now that’s a gift you’ll both feel good about.
Count the Hidden Costs
If you are trying to break the mold this season, but you’re just not ready to take the plunge, go about your business normally and when the season ends count the hidden costs of your holiday expenditures. Keep track of how much you spend, financially and emotionally. Write that down. Remember it next year when winter rolls around.