How to Make the Holidays a Little Brighter and Enjoy the Season More

Flip the usual script and get your loved ones involved in making the holidays brighter for everyone.


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You Will Need

  • Conscientiousness
  • Letters
  • Family activities
  • Food


  1. Step 1

    Convert parties to giving events

    Convert the usual office, family, or neighborhood party to a giving event, volunteering to do for others or to donate money to a cause.

  2. Offer to shelter someone, or a family, if you can this season.

  3. Step 2

    Write letters

    Write Christmas letters to others, which will honor and delight them, and which you will enjoy as well.

  4. Step 3

    Host a goofy gift exchange

    Host a White Elephant Exchange, in which friends and family bring unwanted gifts and all take turns pulling a number out of a hat to pick the next bizarre present. Don't laugh too hard: that gift might be your surprise next year.

  5. Step 4

    Check out light displays

    Ride with the family to city, neighborhood, or public park Christmas light displays and enjoy the sights.

  6. Step 5

    Attend church and community events

    Attend church and community plays, nativities, musicals, recitals, choir performances, or special meals that celebrate the season of giving.

  7. Make a family ritual of taking time to count your blessings, telling stories of the seasons past, and remembering loved ones.

  8. Step 6

    Eat and be merry

    Eat and be merry during the holidays with those you love. Coordinate a potluck with relatives or neighbors to get together and share good cheer. That's what it's all about.

  9. Americans mail out 1.8 billion Christmas cards annually, over 11 times more than Valentine's Day.