This year, I hear more and more people feeling embittered about Christmas because of the commercialization and emphasis on spending money, making those of us without money feel a combination of guilt and resentment.
What if I told you that Christmas doesn’t have to be about all those things unless you let it? There are so many ways to make Christmas special without spending gobs of money. Here’s a list to make this Christmas meaningful without breaking the bank:
1. Take advantage of NU’s plethora of festive activities. Kick off the season by going to the Christmas Traditions Concert at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. Put on some fancy clothes (preferably red or sparkly) and allow the music to awaken your Christmas spirit—for only $14. NU also has other concerts, movie showings, and Christmas readings for free.
2. Decorate! Make snowflakes with printer paper, Santa from toilet paper tubes, and Christmas trees from duct tape! (Pinterest, anyone?) Don’t forget to decorate your door and refrigerator!
3. Bake ALL THE THINGS. The more you bake, the fewer presents you’ll feel obligated to buy. Decorate a paper bag and fill it up with cookies. Voila! Christmas presents for all your friends!
4. Do not leave the house on Black Friday. You’ll spend too much money, and the Grinch will find you and destroy your Christmas spirit. If the temptation is too much for you, just hold out for Cyber Monday.
5. Take time to tell people how much you care about them—maybe write them a note on their festive cookie bags! A heartfelt note means more to most people than a gift that you scrambled to buy.
6. Invest in a Christmas sweater from a second-hand store. What you wear influences your attitude.
7. If you are going to spend money, spend it on something that will make the world a better place, whether that means gifts for family, making a shoebox for a child, or participating in another charity. Christmas is about celebrating the love of Jesus, and that’s why Christmas is so wonderful. So pull off that Grinch face and make the world a better place!
In the words of Kid President, “The world’s so big, and we’re all so small. Sometimes it feels like we can’t do anything at all. But the world can be better, in spite of its flaws. Yeah, the world can be better, and you’ll be the cause.”
Written by Kalynn Martell