What Gift you Bring to the Holidays, by Enneagram Type

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on October 25, 2022

Ahh, the holidays. A time of family gatherings, happy friend reunions, hearty meals...with a dash of stress and a sprinkle of drama thrown in. But whether you love or hate this time of the year, you’re sure to bring your own special quality to the holiday season, based on your personality. 

Today we’re looking at what gift each Enneagram Type brings to the holidays. Here’s why we’re so grateful to have you around! 

Type 1: Your masterful planning skills

Okay, so a couple of days ago we said that over organizing is an Enneagram One’s worst holiday trait. And it is! Things can get a little out of hand when you take the holiday planning to extremes, Enneagram Type One. But on the flip side, you are exactly the person to have around for hosting Christmas dinners and parties. We may not tell you often enough, but we appreciate your masterful planning skills, color-coded Excel sheets, and endless to-do lists! You get stuff done and pay attention to every detail so everyone can have a great time, and we thank you for that.

Type 2: Your generosity and selflessness

Just like Santa, the Enneagram Type Two brings the spirit of generosity and selflessness to the holiday season. As a Two, you want to make sure your family and loved ones feel cared for so you go the extra mile to make sure everyone is having a good time. Whether you are baking everyone’s favorite treats, serving the drinks or playing whatever game the kids are squabbling over this year, we love how you remind us to care for others ahead of ourselves. (But please save some time for yourself too: you deserve it.) 

Type 3: Your go-getter attitude 

If anyone knows how to make an entrance, it’s an Enneagram Type Three. With your high spirits, self-assuredness and charm, you bring the gift of crafting unique and unforgettable experiences to anyone who’s lucky enough to celebrate the holidays with you. It’s true that you may set expectations a little too high, but you do know how to throw a party. We appreciate your eagerness to impress and your energy and commitment to making the celebrations special. 

Type 4: Your emotional connection

For the Enneagram Type Four, the holiday season can be a time of nostalgia and even melancholy. You often reminisce about memories of holidays past and think about how things have changed since your carefree childhood days. While this may sound a little sad, your gift to us is your ability to be in touch with your emotions. By being honest with yourself, you show us all that it’s okay to make space for our feelings, no matter how complicated they may be.

Type 5: Your insight

If an Enneagram Type Five shows up to a holiday party willingly, that’s a gift in and of itself! All jokes aside, Fives are some of the most introverted Enneagram types, meaning they can quickly get exhausted by being around large groups of people. While you may not be the life of the party, what you do bring, Type Five, is the gift of insight. You’re the one who knows the pagan traditions behind religious celebrations, and the whole background story of Old St. Nick. We appreciate your passion for knowledge, and how you remind us that there’s more to this season than its commercial aspect.

Type 6: Your warmth and protection

Sixes can be some of the most stressed out hosts during this time of the year, as they tend to put a tremendous amount of pressure on themselves. As a Six, you want to succeed and avoid letting people down, so you always have a back-up plan for any potential emergency. But Enneagram Type Six, your loyalty is admirable! We appreciate your faithfulness to your friends and loved ones. You’re definitely reliable and prepared for any holiday crisis, and you bring an energy of warmth to this season.

Type 7: Your boundless enthusiasm

Life of the party, the Enneagram Type Seven brings the gift of infectious enthusiasm to the holiday season. You’re the fun hosts who’d rather not think about all the cleaning up there is to do later. For you, the holidays are about getting everyone together and keeping that childlike wonder alive. We appreciate your positivity during this season. You uplift us by spreading holiday cheer everywhere you go. 

Type 8: Your resourcefulness

Enneagram Type Eights have a strong sense of duty to those around them, and we love that you are so eager to step up for those around you. Celebrating with you can be truly comforting as you take care of the management and make sure everything runs like clockwork. But the gift we most admire during the holidays is your resourcefulness. We appreciate how you can make quick-fire decisions and solve any problems that show up your way. Even if you are a little too stubborn at times.

Type 9: Your peacemaking magic

How would anyone get along without an Enneagram Type Nine? You bring the gift of harmony to the holiday season. Nines are deeply aware of other people’s moods and feelings and you can almost intuit how everyone is doing, just by absorbing the vibe of the room. For you, the holidays should be a quiet and calm festivity where those around you are able to relax and be happy surrounded by their friends and loved ones. We appreciate how you step in when family arguments get heated and help us all get along. 

Final words

The holidays are a time to come together and celebrate with family, friends and loved ones. And each of the Enneagram types brings their own unique personality traits and perspective to the holiday season. Whether you’re Type 1 with masterful planning skills or a Type 6 being a true guardian to the people in your care, we all have special gifts we bring to others this holiday season. Let’s take a moment to appreciate what everyone–no matter how different they may be from you–can bring to this season of celebration. Happy holidays! 

Andreia Esteves

Andreia is an INFJ who used to think she was the only person in the world terrified of answering the phone. She works as a freelance writer covering all things mental health, and psychology related. When not writing, you’ll find her cozying up with a book, or baking vegan treats. Find her at: https://andreiaesteves.com/

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About the Clinical Reviewer

Steven Melendy, PsyD., is a Clinical Psychologist who received his doctorate from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. He specializes in using evidence-based approaches in his work with individuals and groups. Steve has worked with diverse populations and in variety of a settings, from community clinics to SF General Hospital. He believes strongly in the importance of self-care, good friendships, and humor whenever possible.

Comments

Dawn (not verified) says...

Up till this very moment I thought I was the only one terrified to answer the phone or call someone !!! 🤣🤣🤪 at 58 years old - I might think about getting out there more 🥰😜😆😆 I’m def.  a. 5 

Juliana says...

Absolutely not, I have the same fear. "Just text me!! Why would you possibly call??" XDD

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