Christmas is only a few weeks away. For some, your holiday preparations are in the bag. You’ve checked your list twice and wrapped everything up with a bow. For others, you are wavering between feeling on top of all the things, waves of overwhelm or experiencing a complete and utter lack of motivation.

We often feel the pressure to find just the right gift, to keep up with food prep and party planning. Add on top of that, trying to do normal life…you know eating well, sleeping and finding time to exercise.

I want to take a moment to remind you of something. It is something that you already know, but if you are like me a few reminders here and there are helpful, especially at this time of the year.

The gift of time is so much more precious than most material gifts. We remember experiences together far more than we remember gifts that were given. Okay, in all fairness, the year that I received my Cabbage Patch doll was pretty great! But, I think that you get the idea. With less than two weeks away from Christmas, I want to focus on time spent with family and friends rather than hustle and bustle. When all is said and done, time really is the only currency that matters!

Take a deep breath my friend.

Carve a quiet moment for yourself. You need this and you will be a much happier and productive person if you start by giving yourself this gift. Sip a hot cup of cozy and gaze out the window, flip through a magazine, read a book or spend a little time journaling, meditating or in prayer. Whatever you do, don’t pick up that phone or tablet. When that hot cup has warmed you from the inside out, spend 5 minutes prioritizing your day. You will feel calmer, more joyful and approach the day with a clear head. To find this time, you will likely have to get up a little earlier – eeek! I know, it is a sacrifice, but I’m telling you it is so worth it. I get up most mornings at 6:00 and it is absolutely worth the early wake-up call. By first giving yourself the gift of time, you will be better able to give others the gift of your time.

Challenge yourself to be fully present with family & friends over the holidays. All the time would be great, but let’s start here!

First of all, let yourself off the hook of self-imposed perfection. When you do this, all of a sudden there is freedom…so much freedom! And then, try some of the ideas below or add your own.

Gift of Time Ideas

Spend the whole day in your p.j.s with your family. You can stay home all day, or if you are brave enough go somewhere together like the library, the local cafe or the movies. Venturing outside in your p.j.s is definitely memory making material.

Bake cookies together. While my vote is for homemade goodness, I am not opposed to the tube of cookie dough you can buy in the store. This is about time together, right?

Go for a walk in the dark. There is something especially calming about a walk in the moonlight. Fortunately, with a sun that sets by 5, there is plenty of time in the evening to do this.

Have a family sleepover by the tree. Yes, even if it is just grownups in the house.

Build a snowman, go tobogganing, make snow angels. I know, at the moment in our little part of the world there is very little snow to be found. It will come…it always does.

Drink hot chocolate on your porch. Bring out a large carafe or your slow cooker with extra. Invite your neighbours who are walking by to stop for a cup.

I think you get the idea! I am also certain that you have some pretty great ideas yourself. Please comment below and share your inspiration with us!

The point is to spend our most valuable resource on each other. Time is a currency that cannot be bought. Spend it wisely. 

How do you like to spend time with loved ones? Share your ideas below!