Our generation is often accused of being materialistic and focused too much on the monetary value of things.

I do not think this is something only a single generation is guilty of doing, but the guilt is on society as a whole.

It seems to me that we put too much emphasis on material items. This is made especially obvious around the holidays.

People seem more concerned with spending money rather than spending time with one another. Everywhere you turn, there is something pushing the idea that gifts are the most important part of the holidays.

Why do we care so much about buying the right present for our loved ones? To make them happy of course. But should a person’s happiness really depend on whether or not they get an iPhone 6s for Christmas?

There is a joy that comes from giving, so one could argue that exchanging presents is a win-win situation. Be that as it may, gifts should not be the focal point of the holidays.

The most important thing about the holidays is spending time with those you care about. Instead of wasting hours searching the stores for the perfect gift, bake cookies with your friends.

Rather than rattling on about the gifts you want, decorate the house.

When it comes to choosing gifts for your loved ones, try focusing on the sentimental value of something instead of the monetary value.

Many people use the New Year as a time to make personal changes through resolutions, but why wait?

Maybe spending time with your loved ones could be your New Year’s resolution that you start fulfilling a few weeks early.

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