How We Celebrate Holidays: A Mami’s Concept

Driving to and from errands over the past week, Mr. Sweetie and I have found ourselves sitting in some intense traffic, as everyone around me rushes to buy gifts for themselves and those they care for. You probably already know where this is headed, but it sure makes me think about how I am going to teach my son about holidays, and what they mean.

I personally love the cohesiveness and closeness that can come from holidays (and is really what the meaning of them is supposed to be all about); I also have a big soft spot in my heart for family traditions, even when they are things that I do not personally believe in or support the history of. I must admit, I am pretty saddened that a lot of what holidays mean to people at this point in time revolves around stress, spending more money than is affordable to them, and spending a lot of the time they could be sharing with family staring at TVs or cell phones. What makes me feel great, though, is the beautiful opportunity I have to teach my little Sweetie to celebrate in a different way.

I think that holidays are a perfect time to find ways to make a positive impact in the lives of others. Here are some things that I want to do with my son to teach him about what they mean to me:

  • Volunteering – I have really wanted to get more involved in the community ever since I was a kid. I believe that everyone has something they can give to someone in need, and it doesn’t have to cost money; it could just be one’s time. I have romanticized soup kitchens in my mind (probably because I love soup!) so I think that is where we will start, but I plan to begin doing this next year.
  • Creating Forms of Giving – I love the idea of coming up with ways to give on my own, like making a bunch of good home cookin’ and finding people who look like they could use a great meal. Or hot tea or cool lemonade.
  • Making Time for Loved Ones – This is not just being there physically in the same space; to me, this is enjoying the company of each other without distractions. I think this is especially fabulous because it is an individual’s opportunity to slow down, and also connect with others in a meaningful way.
  • Making Gifts for Loved Ones – Maybe I’m silly, but I love making things for people as gifts! It’s much more doable on a budget, and it’s usually got a lot more soul in it. It can even just be a silly little stick-figure cartoon, or a special cake.
  • Thrifting – There are all kinds of amazing things out there that someone else maybe just got tired of, but it still works and would be perfect for someone you know! And the best thing is, it’s more affordable! The excitement of treasure hunting is a great stress-buster on its own, and adds a playful aspect to holiday shopping.

I hope this has given you some ideas of other ways that holidays can be expressed, in case you are finding yourself feeling less than cheery. Happy Holidays!

What are some things that you do to express what holidays mean to you? How did you come up with them? Please feel free to leave a comment in the space below, and thank you for reading!

 

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Mami

Mami is an artist, aspiring entrepreneur, and first-time, full-time mother. She enjoys long walks with Mr. Sweetie, good food and cooking, her family and dear friends, writing, arting and crafting. She doesn't know everything, but wants to learn, and loves to do research and share what she finds. She thinks life is like a box of puzzle pieces: you keep trying until it fits, because every piece has its place. She owns and operates whatever she sets her mind to, and knows that the sky is only the limit if you haven't left the ground yet.

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