Simple Christmas Pleasures

20 Dec

Christmas time for some is a religious celebration, for others a day off work. Some don’t  celebrate at all. But most places in the world benefit from the spirit and local economy created by the Christmas Season.

Christmas Snowflake

Christmas Snowflake

Marketers start the spirit just after Halloween, but for many people it arrives when the first snowfall arrives in December, when the tree is decorated or a few weeks before the 25th. It is a season full of stress and angst, last minute purchases, sending cards, busy roads, work deadlines, holiday arrangements, massive consumption, events and a flurry of other activities or demands.

Perhaps it’s time to step back and look at the simple joy that Christmas can bring. Maybe we should try these things all year round. Here’s a short list:

  1. Meeting friends that you rarely get a chance to spend time with
  2. Visiting with family or using the time to make up and reconnect
  3. Listening to Christmas Carols and attending concerts, recitals and shows (often free)
  4. Decorating the tree, house or office (did you get a green one?)
  5. Reading a Christmas Story to a child, any child
  6. Watching the excitement on a child’s face during a recital, visit with Santa, decorating a tree, seeing the lights, a new (at least to them) Christmas Show on TV, etc.
  7. Quiet time, time to reflect – yes good old downtime, slow down and enjoy the rest
  8. Wine, women and song….okay, replace women with good food, err family & friends if you are attached!
  9. Updates and heartfelt cards, emails and messages
  10. Handcrafted  one of a kind items
  11. More cheerful Work Environment
  12. Watch your favourite Christmas Time movie(s)
  13. The evening walk or drive to look at Christmas lights
  14. Christmas baking…oh, the goodies, shortbread, gingerbread houses, mince tarts…
  15. The advent Calendar…countdown to Christmas
  16. Those Christmas Drinks, oh boy, those Christmas Drinks, maybe egg nog, liqueur or a special wine.
  17. The pictures and memories
  18. The Christmas Cheer…you need to carry the right attitude and you will find it!!!
  19. Sharing in the joy of giving
  20. Connecting with your community

These are just a few things to enjoy. Celebrate any way you want and then remember these simple things and apply them to the year. Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas!

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4 Responses to Simple Christmas Pleasures



December 20th, 2008 at 11:19 pm

Nice article.


SolReka | Alternative Energy

December 23rd, 2008 at 6:55 pm

It is so refreshing to read a post such as this Stephen. Your sentiments are spot on with regards to the false values that Christmas seems to have evolved into. For peets sake they should call it Commercialism-mas. 🙂

The points you deliver are both simple, effective and help share the message of true love which is what Christmas should be about. Sharing time with your loved ones, and not feeling pressured into buying the latest perfume for a ridiculous price is the message we should spread.

My favourite from your list: Sharing in the joy of giving.

Bravo for this refreshing article. I have stumbled the post, the least I could do.

Happy Chrimbo everyone. Peace and love to all.



December 23rd, 2008 at 10:57 pm

Thank you for your sentiments. Sharing is something we should do all year round. The joy of Christmas is a part of that. The pressure of consumerism should not override the events of the year. We’ve heard it all a million times – it’s the thought that counts, not the dollar value. Put your heart into those thoughts.


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