[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]If you are a parent, you may be in some trouble. Often, trendy items go fast. What was last year's trend? I can't remember either. Christmas can be very stressful but it was not meant to be that way. It is a great time to see family and friends and exchange gifts. However, it has morphed into a frantic light hanging, tree getting and trimming, decorating, and buying frenzy. It is a beautiful time of year that is a favorite of children everywhere. They add to the pressure by requesting and hoping for the latest trends that may soon be forgotten. Remember that this is not what Christmas is truly about. How can we keep things in perspective? Take some time to reflect on the past year. Teach your children the true meaning of Christmas so you can start your own traditions instead of always struggling to keep up with the Joneses. 

Make Christmas simple.

One way to simplify Christmas in your life is to adopt a consistent strategy for gift-giving to allow kids to understand the true meaning, or to at least decrease the pressures of having to always get the perfect gift or latest craze. You could either choose a 3-gift limit (modeled after the first Christmas), a specific dollar limit and let them be involved in picking out their gifts, or consider this ingenious poem:

Something they Want, 

Something they Need,

Something they Wear,

Something they Read.

This is a great idea, especially if there are several pajama-clad youngsters presenting their lengthy list of desires that rivals the Naughty and Nice list. I would suggest arranging or giving the gifts that will cause them to open the "Something they Want" last. Perhaps the "Something they Need" could be a gift they give to someone less fortunate. Kids love giving and it helps to teach them to share with those who are not as blessed as they are. This can have a far-reaching impact. Commercialism tries to get kids to be focused on themselves. But when I talk to people who had some tough times growing up, they remembered and appreciated the Christmases where they did not have as much but spent time as a family. It's never too late to start a great new tradition or to cut out the old traditions that add to your stress.

Ideas for making a memorable Christmas:

Christmas breakfast or brunch, Play board games, Drive around looking at Christmas Lights, Bake a small batch of cookies and deliver them to friends or family you may not get to see around Christmas, Go to a local Christmas program, Get the kids involved with simple decorations. 

Don't over decorate (you want your family and friends to feel comfortable in your home, after all!) Last, but not least, let your digital marketer take care of your marketing needs so you can have the best Christmas ever!! Contact us here![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]