4 Things You Should Be Asking for This Christmas

Everyone celebrates Christmas differently, whether it’s at church, around a Christmas tree or in the car on the way to Gramma’s house. It’s common that gifts are a part of Christmas, too — either from Santa (St. Nicholas) or friends and family. It’s also true that some families go all out with gifts and some families struggle to put presents under the tree.

In all honesty, I’m ashamed at how the culture of Christmas is starting to shift from being a religious holiday of Christianity to the materialistic sensation of Hallmark and shopping mall sales. Gifts don’t portray the meaning of Christmas at all. I also don’t think it’s right to portray Christmas in a way that shames families into giving their kids tons of presents.

This season, for what’s supposed to be the season of giving, I am trying a minimalistic approach to gift giving and receiving. If you’re also trying to tone down the packages, boxes and bags (Grinch reference), but not give them up completely, then continue below. I put together this list to suit families of all incomes; you can be as lavish or minimal as you please.

  1. 1. Something you want…

    This can be anything you want. Some ideas include: furniture, headphones, clothing items, school items, trendy toiletries, etc.

  2. 2. Something you need…

    Some ideas include: new gym shoes/gym set (including water bottle), a grocery store gift card, toiletries, new parka, rain gear, etc.

  3. 3. Something to wear…

    Some ideas include: the latest piece that you just can’t buy yourself, staples like solid tees, a theme like all jewelry, the new Fitbit or smartwatch, makeup, etc.

  4. 4. Something to read…

    Some ideas include: a college cookbook, an AP Style book if you’re a communications major, local bookstore gift card (because yay coffee and new book smell!), textbooks for next semester, a newspaper subscription, Kindle, stationary, etc.

I hope this inspires you to cherish and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, but still get joy from opening gifts from loved ones!