When we see pictures from Christmases gone by, we so often let out a heavy sigh and say “I wish Christmas was like that again”. Let me ask a question… why can’t it be?
Take a step back and say “this year will be different”. What made those Christmases gone by so special? Time was spent with family… Watching Snoopy’s Christmas with the family and a big bowl of popcorn. Decorating the tree together. A night out to ride around and look at Christmas lights.
You know what else… Family time did not include cell phones, Facebook, video games, computers and all the other distractions that have taken over our daily lives. Gifts did not come in the form of plastic cards with dollar amounts on them. Yes, it takes time and conversations and listening. It takes disconnecting and reconnecting with each other. So this year bring back the Christmas of yesterday. Bake cookies together, watch those classic Christmas shows, get a group and go Christmas caroling at a senior home, go shopping with your kids. Start a new tradition. Give up Starbucks for a week and send Christmas cards… in the mail, not a eCard. Invite everyone to your home for a old fashioned Christmas and don’t be afraid to let everyone know what you are doing and how much it means to you.
The secret of a old fashioned Christmas….. you taking the first step to make it happen.
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