“Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.” – Janice Maeditere
The holidays are a time for joy, love, and celebration. However, many of us are too busy and stressed to see the forest for the Christmas trees. Here are five tips on feeling merry and bright this holiday season:
1. Give to others – Tis the season! Christmas is all about sharing and caring. Boost your spirit for the season by getting into the meaning of the holidays. Big or small, you can make a contribution in the lives of those around you. For example, donate gift items and clothing to Toys for Tots or the Christmas Angel program; bring a meal to a close friend who needs it; or just simply help a stranger who is struggling with their bags at the mall.
2. Christmas music – Evocative of childhood memories for many, Christmas music is sure to put you in the holiday mood. Select your favorites online or tune into the radio in December, where many stations play non-stop Christmas music. It’s one of the easiest ways to get into the festive spirit!
3. Holiday movies – A Christmas Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas—there are so many great Christmas films out there for everyone. We all have our favorites; those that fill us with wonder and joy as we watch the story unfold. Pick one or two for an evening of holiday cheer!
4. Decorating – A great way to feel the holiday joy is to see it. If you haven’t put out your decorations yet, make a celebration of it (throw on some Christmas tunes while you’re at it!). String up the lights, put up your tree and ornaments, bring out the yard décor, and set up the decorations for the mantle and end tables. If you already have decorations out, consider sprucing up the place by adding some new ones to the mix.
5. Seasonal treats – The holidays have great music, great movies, great presents, and the best desserts and treats. Eggnog is the classic favorite, while sugar cookies have been famous for generations as well, especially with milk. Pumpkin spice lattes stay popular in the winter months, too, but also try a Cinnamon Dulce or a Gingerbread latte. Don’t forget to bring out the peppermint bark and cordial cherries, either. These festive drinks and desserts can put you in the mood quick.
About Alex Blackwell
Alex Blackwell is the author of Letting Go: 25 True Stories of Peace, Hope and Surrender, which includes 10 free Peace and Balance tools.
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