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Your Joy of Giving on Christmas is Ripping You Off Senseless

As Christmas approaches, the air is filled with the scent of pine, the warmth of festive lights, and the anticipation of exchanging gifts. In a world that often emphasizes the virtue of giving during Christmas, we find ourselves caught up in the euphoria of generosity.

The joy of giving is celebrated across cultures and religions, with the act of giving often viewed as noble and selfless.

However, as we delve deeper into the dynamics of giving, especially during Christmas, it becomes apparent that beneath the surface of Christmas gift giving lies a subtle but pervasive force – one that may be robbing us of more than we realize. 

And, that is just to say. I am not the grinch. I am more like the curious Christmas elf on the Rudolf claymation. 

I want us to dive into the realm of Christmas gift giving because it can be one of the 100 triggers of anxiety and self-doubt that can actually sometimes feel like a complete scam. Let’s talk about how generosity is more than just exchanging physical gifts. 

It's a Deceptive Facade.

For our spiritual soul, the joy of giving during Christmas goes beyond the material and taps into a higher plane of connection and helping others.

I remember my mother saying, “Why should I give only on Christmas? People should be giving all the time.”. And this is what made me really think. The joy of giving actually goes beyond buying into consumerism. But at times, it’s not as easy as we think.

Sometimes we can become conditioned to accept whatever traditions society pushes us on. When we get wrapped up in this, it can have the oppositive effect of the euphoria and the purpose of generosity.  

The pressure to find the perfect gift can overshadow the joy of giving by simply being there for your loved ones. No one wants to have anxiety over whether or not someone is going to like the gift you’re buying them or even use it, for that matter.  

You shouldn’t have to be judged if you feel that you cannot participate in “Secret Santa” or if you just can’t budget gift giving right now, in general. The economy has been rough on a lot of people.

Give yourself some room and grace to make the decision not to participate in consumerism during Christmas. Plus, there are plenty of other ways to give without having to buy.

And with that being said, it’s okay to prioritize shared experiences and quality time over material gifts.

In the spiritual realm, we understand the true essence of the joy of giving is being present and showing up for our loved ones. 

The Joy of Giving on Christmas Can Be Also Emotional Exploitation!

Advertisers and marketers are well aware of the emotional part associated with charitable acts. While supporting a good cause is admirable, the joy of giving can be manipulated for big corporates’ financial gain.

Businesses and organizations may leverage our emotional connection to charitable causes to sell products, using the disguise of philanthropy to boost sales and brand image.

Then, the pressure to select the perfect gift ends up being emotionally taxing. The illusion of impact emerges when the act of gift-giving becomes more about meeting expectations than genuine thoughtfulness. In the rush to fulfill societal expectations, the true spirit of generosity can be overshadowed by consumerist tendencies.

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There's an Illusion of Impact.

Not only is there an emotional explotation part. But there is also an illusion of how we are impacting society by participating in the joy of giving during Christmas. The joy of giving is often tied to the belief that our contributions make a significant impact on society.

It’s like one of those Christmas movies where everyone in town is exchanging gifts and people are walking around with a smile on their face. But is this real life? Are major global issues resolved or minimized because we give each other material gifts once a year?

In a world of complex global issues, individual local acts of charity can sometimes make more of a difference than giving material gifts to loved ones.

This sense of giving can lead to disillusionment, causing people to accept the true impact of their giving and potentially separating themselves from charitable activities altogether. After all, studies have found that those who participate in volunteering are more socially connected and have a higher lifespan.  

 

How to Take Part in the Joy of Giving (free of charge)

1. Emphasize Acts of Kindness Over Gifts of Possessions for the true Joy of Giving

Instead of succumbing to the pressure of consumer-driven festivities, take the time to understand the needs and desires of your loved ones or your favorite cause that you are passionate about. Thoughtful and intentional gift-giving, irrespective of its monetary value, can break free from the illusion and foster genuine connections. Let’s go over a few ways you can foster acts of kindness to get the true joy of giving.

 

1. Smile and Greet

How many times have you walked into the grocery store and someone has greeted you other than the store clerk? A warm smile and a friendly greeting can brighten someone’s entire day.

Whether it’s your neighbor, a stranger on the street, or a colleague, offering a genuine smile cost nothing but can have a profound impact on someone’s mood.

2. Listen with Intent

Take a moment to truly listen to those around you. Offer your full attention without interrupting, judgment, or distraction. Being present and actively engaged in a conversation is a priceless gift. Especially now, with how easy it can be to get on our phones and suddenly be off into a never-ending scroll. 

On the plus side, you will be surprised at what you will learn about a person when you do less talking and more listening. Deeper connections are often made when a person is using active listening skills. 

3. Acts of Service

Offer your help without expecting anything in return. Whether it’s assisting with chores, running errands, or volunteering your time, acts of service showcases the power of selfless giving.

3. Express Gratitude

Take a moment to express gratitude for the people in your life. Let them know you appreciate them and are thankful for the positive influence they bring into your world. This can be through in person, an old fashion traditional letter, text message, or phone call. 

2. Celebrate Eco-Friendly

The environmental toll of mass production, excessive packaging, and the disposal of unwanted or unused gifts is a stark reality often overlooked during the festive season. The illusion persists when we fail to recognize the ecological impact of our gift-giving practices, contributing to the larger issue of unsustainable consumption.

If you do decide to participate in material gift giving, opt for sustainable and eco-friendly gift options, reducing the environmental impact of your holiday celebrations.

This not only aligns with the spirit of connecting and giving to nature but also acknowledges the broader responsibility we have towards our planet.

 

Conclusion

Alrighty yall. That is what I believe to be the true meaning behind the joy of giving.

Now, seeing that this is a post that is right in the middle of the holiday season, it’s okay if you have already bought gifts. Just dont forget to leave some acts of kindness too.

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