How nice to get a thank you letter. I really appreciate appreciation!
Did you ever see a picture of a sad Santa? When we focus on gratitude our brains release serotonin, the ‘feel good’ chemical. The more we focus on what we appreciate the happier we’ll be. And happiness is contagious. So let’s think about how parents can make magical moments at Christmas.
Even in relationships that are ‘cranky’ right now – try thinking every day of at least four things you appreciate about that person. You get what you focus on!
The great thing about limited finance is that families often start to create what really matters. Instead of the buy-buy-buy mentality, they become more aware of what Christmas is really about – celebrating the mystery of Love.
And it doesn’t need to cost money to enjoy what really counts. In fact, happiness experts say that the happiness from new possessions only lasts a few days or weeks at the most. It’s meaningful relationship that creates the connection – that creates the happiness – that lasts.
Here are some of my favourite ideas for families to make magical moments this festive season:
✓ Making Christmas decorations together.
✓ A Christmas walk (maybe a day walk, scrunching through the snow, or going out in the dark to admire the Christmas lights) if, like me, you’re living in a cool part of the world.
✓ One of my favourite Christmas activities in our village is the community Carol singing in the Park on Christmas Eve.
What are the no-cost activities that make Christmas special for your family?
Cocoa by candlelight with carols playing? A game of Pictionary?
Choose to make magical moments this Christmas. I’d love Parents to write in and share what happy memories they are creating.
P.S. Tomorrow I’m going to follow up re Daniel’s Mum and Dad fighting.
P.P.S. Here’s my other letters:
Day 1 What to do with Children’s ‘Great Expectations?
Day 2 Christmas Gifts Without a Huge Expense
Day 3 Dealing with Disappointment
Day 4 Creating Christmas Surprises
Day 5 Three Key Questions Regarding Purchases
Day 6 No Money At Christmas
Day 7 How to Stop Children Expecting Everything
Day 8 When Sad or Bad Things Happen
Day 9 When Grown Ups Fight
Day 11 Can’t Forgive at Christmas
Day 12 Christmas – What Really Matters
dear santa,thank you for the timely reminder,to focus on 4 positive things about a person with whom you may be annoyed. I find it so tempting to focus on the bad things, and then i end up feeling even worse.Today im going to practice thinking nice thoughts about people im having difficulty.florence
ps, when will you start traveling with rudolf to deliver the gifts?florence
The elves and I will be busy loading the sleigh from 24 December – in time for early deliveries needed in some homes. Hope you get what you REALLY want this year, Florence! Love Santa