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Christmas is Over... Now What?

Christmas is Over...  Now What?
 
Christmas is over and, for many people, the happiness associated with the season is gone. It’s easy to think that the happiness of Christmas comes from the excitement of parties, the thrill of new gifts, and the sensory excitement of lights, music, and entertainment. But, that’s only part of the equation. As it turns out, the old saying ‘It’s better to give than to receive’ is actually true when it comes to holiday happiness. Gift giving, in other words, is a greater source of holiday happiness than gift getting.
 
Numerous studies have confirmed that giving gifts actually makes us happier than acquiring new possessions. According to Elizabeth Dunn (Harvard) and Michael Norton (University of British Columbia), co-authors of the book Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending, “a series of experiments…found that asking people to spend money on others – from giving to charity to buying gifts for friends and family – reliably makes them happier than spending that same money on themselves.”
 
Interestingly, their research found that the amount or value of the gift didn’t much matter. In fact, spending only a few dollars on another person has been shown to provide a measurable increase in the giver’s happiness level. Though most of us outwardly subscribe to that theory, how many of us really believe it?  
 
It’s better to give than to receive? It’s not the value of the gift, but the spirit in which it’s given? Could it really be that so many of our Christmas clichés are true? Then why not experiment on the greatest Christmas cliché of all – keeping Christmas with you all year long? Could it be that the secret to retaining that sense of holiday happiness is as simple as keeping up the habit of giving to others?  If you’re really interested in keeping that holiday cheer with you for the whole year, make 2014 a year of kindness, generosity, and giving!

Your Loved Ones and the Holiday Season

‘Tis the season to gather with our loved ones, to make new memories, and renew past relationships.

The holidays, and not just the end-of-year holidays, are what they are because we share them with those we love. For those who may be alone during the holidays, this may be a time when we become their loved ones so they can experience these same joys.

The meaning of a holiday is a day of festivity. If I search the word “festivities” in Google, it's difficult to find images depicting unhappiness, selfishness, or selfies for that matter.

Holidays are a time to be with, give to, laugh with, love, and eat a lot of great food with our loved ones.

Are we doing our part to keep these things in perspective?

Here are a few ideas of how to make the most of this holiday season with those you love: 

 

Family Traditions

 

Connecting with Loved Ones

 

Fun Ideas to Pass the Time

 

Soaring Gift Ideas for Senior’s

 

As you spend time with family, friends, or new acquaintances this holiday, remember maintaing a joyful and giving perspective will go a long way. This time of year, giving back to those who have given us so much is one of the greatest things we can do. Make the most of your family traditions, connect with those who may need some extra love, and, of course, have some fun along the way. Happy Holidays from Spoonful of Comfort!

Giving Sincere Holiday Gifts

I love the sound of the doorbell in December. Usually, it means that a friend or family member is stopping by with a season’s greeting. Often, they bring some small gift—a token of love and friendship. These gifts—cookies, hot cocoa, or a tree ornament—aren’t large or expensive. Still, they mean a lot because they are given sincerely and in a spirit of love. In today’s busy world, however, it’s easy to get caught up in the holiday madness and give a gift of convenience rather than a gift of warmth. Here are three simple things to think about before delivering your holiday gifts this year.

1.     Is the card personalized?

Many of us are guilty of this common gifting mistake. We mass produce our neighbor Christmas gifts, attach a “From the Jones Family” sticker on each, load them into a box, and drop them onto the porches of our neighbors. Think how much more meaningful a gift would be if it included a short, but sincere, handwritten note addressed directly to the recipient and including a quick personalized message.

2.    Does the gift work for the recipient?

When giving a gift, think through the specific needs and circumstances of the recipient. Do they have allergies, voluntary dietary restrictions, or a large family? Imagine what it might mean to someone with a gluten intolerance to receive a plate of gluten free muffins? Tailoring a gift to the recipient is the key to expressing love.

3.    Did you leave time for a personal delivery?

Remember my love for the December doorbell ding? I like the bell because it means someone is waiting to talk to me on the other side of the door. When you’re out delivering, take the time to wait for someone to answer and have a quick conversation.

Asking yourself these simple questions will ensure that your Christmas gifts translate into sincere expressions of love and kindness. Sincere gifts benefit the recipients and can turn the chaos of the holiday gift giving into an enjoyable and fulfilling part of the season.

PRWeb Press Release - December 17, 2013

Holiday Gift Ideas & New Food Gifts Announced by Spoonful of Comfort

Spoonful of Comfort offers food gifts and has released a new holiday gift idea in the form of delivered soup.

Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) December 17, 2013 -- Searching for the hot gift of the season? Spoonful of Comfort has it - quite literally. The Season's Eatings package delivers a cup of cheer to anyone's doorstep with a practical, yet delightfully pleasing combination: 64-oz. jar of chicken noodle soup, homestyle rolls, a half dozen cookies, a festive candy cane, and your own hand-written holiday greeting. The package sells for $59.99 and can be shipped anywhere in the United States.

"This is a holiday gift that everyone can truly appreciate," says Marti Wymer, company founder. "Chicken soup is never better than on a cold winter night. It's one less meal for someone to prepare during the busy holiday season. Plus, it's easy to shop for-we'll do all the work."

The convenience is just one aspect that makes the Season's Eatings package appealing for all giving situations. "The soup is made fresh, ready for someone to simply heat and eat. It's the perfect end to a busy day of shopping and can be a cozy change of pace from holiday party foods," says Wymer. "It's a warm, personal way to send your best."

In fact, the Season's Eatings package makes a wonderful hostess gift at a party. It's a great way to share homemade goodies with far-away friends and family. Companies have found Spoonful of Comfort gift packages to be a welcome alternative to traditional fruit baskets for employees, as well as clients and unique corporate gifts.

"Sending soup is something that will be remembered," comments Wymer. "It's original. It's appreciated. And it's a fun, tasty way we can all slow down and savor the season."

The Season's Eatings package may be ordered online at www.spoonfulofcomfort.com or by calling 877-404- 7678.

This package is just one of many thoughtful gift ideas Spoonful of Comfort has been simmering up since 2008. The company is dedicated to the memory of Mona Bowes: mother, friend, and chicken soup connoisseur. A portion of all sales supports cancer research and patient advocacy via a memorial fund in her name. For more information on their gift packages visit spoonfulofcomfort.com or call 1-877-404-7678.

 

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