There is some MAJOR bah humbug in the air this Christmas season.
Luckily, I have a few tips to save your holiday cheer!
Go to a Christmas Eve service. Be reminded what Christmas is all about! I’m going to a candlelight service, and I can’t wait to see how beautifully the church is decorated and hear the pastor’s message.
Watch those old movies you had on tapes when you were younger. For me, it’s Rudolph and Frosty the Snowman. I don’t have a VCR anymore, but these holiday classics are on DVDs at grocery stores, dollar stores, and just about anywhere else you can buy something this holiday season. Look around- they my just be hiding in your DVD cabinet. If not, watch The Hallmark Channel to see some cheesy Christmas movies!
If your family doesn’t like old family movies, watch Christmas specials for TV shows. I know I’ll be watching the Christmas episodes of South Park, Family Guy, and The Simpsons if spend time with my family in front of the TV tonight. Christmas movies just aren’t some people’s things and that’s okay!
Drink hot chocolate. I like to drink hot chocolate while I’m watching TV, so this would be a great one to pair with tip #2 or #3. If you want to DIY your hot chocolate, click here. If you want to embellish your hot chocolate, try adding caramel sauce, whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles, and/or peppermint! I also make mine with milk so it’ll be creamier.
Even though it’s super hot everywhere, put on a winter or Christmas themed sweater. Even if it means turning on the AC. Where I live, I can walk outside with shorts and a tank top on right now. But, cuddled up on the couch with your AC on 70 will do the trick! If you don’t like the idea of wearing a sweater, at least weird Christmas pajamas.
Tell stories about past Christmases. The magic of Santa was overflowing in me when I was younger. I would always sleep with both of my sisters and we would wake each other up every once in a while to see if Santa had come yet. I remember one Christmas I was so amazed at the set up because my plug-in turning disco ball was lighting up the room.
Sing with your family. My mother recently bought a piano and declared that we (my sisters, mother, grandfather, and I) will all be singing Christmas carols while I play. It’s goofy, and maybe even a bit awkward, but this time of the year is about family.
Christmas Trees. I know that’s broad, but it’s a broad thing to work with. Take artsy pictures of your lights. Put extra ornaments on the tree. Find your baby ornament(s). Put all of your presents under the tree. Shake boxes to see what you might have gotten from your Great Aunt Mae. Run around it and sing Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree. Etc. Sometimes I like to lay underneath the tree and stare up at it.
Give some of your presents early! I opened my presents from my Cousin Shannon early- and something about the Christmas wrapping paper, thoughtful gifts, and the happiness on my family’s face really sparked the Christmas joy inside of me.
Make a gratitude list! Some people don’t get a lot for Christmas or have no family to spend it with. Remember- people are homeless on holidays too! If you’re religious, you could even pray to God, thanking him for your many blessings. I like to pray/ give gratitude while doing yoga.
Head into town and give Christmas presents to the homeless. Socks, a scarf, a Bible, tasty food… all good ideas. Think about what you may take for granted and give them one of those. You could even wrap it up nicely- they don’t get those, and that sucks. Here are some cute wrapping ideas!
These are just a few tips and if you have some different ones, leave them in the comment section! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!