For years I celebrated the holidays by spending money.
I’d buy gifts for everyone I knew.
I’d shop, shop, shop all season long.
I was trying to buy holiday happiness for everyone, including myself.
Of course, I couldn’t. It didn’t matter how many presents were under the tree.
The holidays were the holidays.
Sometimes happy. Sometimes not so much.
I’ve since realized that happiness has nothing to do with spending money.
Yes, this sounds silly. And even though I’m smart, it wasn’t always obvious.
This year I want to challenge you to find your holiday happiness without spending a dime.
That doesn’t mean you can’t buy gifts.
But before you buy, take some time to figure out what you really want for Christmas.
Do you want to be happier?
Do you want more connection?
Do you want more fun?
Figure out the feeling first.
Then decide how you can get that feeling without buying gifts.
For yourself or others.
It is possible. And it’s one of the best presents you’ll get all year.
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