As we continue to busy ourselves with shopping for the best presents, it’s inevitable to lose sight of the best Christmas gifts. They may be free, cannot be wrapped and put under the tree, but they are more precious and are guaranteed to be much more appreciated.
Top 1: Patience
How many times have we lost our patience with the ones we love over little things? It’s interesting how we react vehemently to stories of people who have lost their patience, but how many times have we responded similarly to even littler things? How many times have we raised our voice at our family because things weren’t going our way? This holiday season, try to be more patient. Things can still go your way if you wait or ask nicely.
Top 2: Time
It’s easy to be caught up in the bustle of the festivities and end-of-year work projects, but make sure to spend time with the people who truly matter to you. I’m not talking about partying and getting drunk, I’m talking about a time to talk and listen. (Getting drunk or eating a lot are just a bonus.) If you can, meet up for a meal or coffee, or if gazillion miles stand between you and your loved ones, you always have technology to rely on.
Top 3: Understanding
Now if friends or family bail out on you last minute and say that they can’t meet up with you this silly season, relax — there’s no deadline for this. You can still meet up in the new year. Losing your temper and burning bridges over issues this like is an effective way to make the season less merrier.
Top 4: Charity
Exchanging gifts with people we love is marvellous, but let’s not forget the less fortunate ones who deserve to experience the joy of Christmas, too. Give to charitable institutions, join or organise one Christmas outreach program yourself, visit the sick, elderly or orphans and remember them in your prayers.
Top 5: Something healthy
Alas, we have once again found an excuse to eat (everything) and drink (everything) to our heart’s content, so some form of healthy present will certainly be cherished. Your gift this Christmas will be the lead your loved ones need to get back on the wellness horse with ease.
Hope this list helps. You cannot wrap most of what’s on this list, but these are far more important than any of the presents you can purchase in the shops. Hope you’re having the merriest of Christmases! Cheers!