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Santa Claus with a little girl

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Courtesy of Kimberley Seldon

10 steps to a meaningful Christmas
1 Decline all invitations to unimportant parties. You will not miss the room temperature eggnog or the loud co-worker who corners you under the mistletoe. Vow to stay home instead and roast marshmallows with the kids, watch “It’s a Wonderful Life”, and read “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” out loud.

2 Avoid giving extravagant or generic gifts. Opt for a gift from the heart. Your hairdresser will appreciate homemade cookies as much as an imported box of chocolates. A friend who loves to read will prefer a beautifully wrapped book to an impersonal gift certificate.

3 Schedule a day for yourself – browse in a bookstore, go to an afternoon movie, or enjoy a decadent pedicure.

4 Do something for someone you don’t know. Volunteer at a food bank, deliver a basket of goodies to the local fire department, or arrange to read to a senior.

5 Make an anonymous donation to a worthy organization (and don’t tell a soul). Many religions consider an anonymous gift to be a divine act.

6 Make an event out of gift-wrapping. Gather all your supplies, play Christmas music, drink apple cider, and get creative. Allow children to participate – aim for perfectly charming rather than perfect.

7 Send beautiful cards with photos and a handwritten message instead of a gift to loved ones far away.

8 Fill Christmas stockings with joy – invite family members to drop a special note into each other’s stocking.

9 Let everyone contribute to the Christmas meal – don’t say no when your sister-in-law offers to make the stuffing.

10 Recommit to a focus on the true meaning of Christmas and avoid cynics.