The holidays. Such a wonderful and joyous time of year. With all the special parties and community events, get-togethers with family and friends, and breathtaking holiday displays, it’s hard not to get caught up in it all. For some, the enjoyment of the holiday comes easy, the word “magic” might even come into play for them. For others, it can be a forgettable, or even depressing, time of year.
If you’re someone who doesn’t necessarily get depressed, but just doesn’t quite feel the “magic” either, here are 5 tips to help you can Make the Holidays More Festive This Year.
Less Is More
Holiday decorations are beautiful. Holiday parties (can be) fun. Shopping is relaxing (for some). None of these things associated with the holidays are, in and of themselves, bad. However, one of the easiest ways for the holidays to lose their luster is to overdo it.
Too many parties, too much money spent, or too much time dedicated to decorating, and suddenly, you find yourself more stressed, ready for the holidays to be over, rather than able to enjoy all they have to offer. Find joy in the little things, and be willing to shed some things you think you “have” to do, even if they’re long-held traditions.
Give, Not Get
Everybody’s heard the saying that it’s better to give than to receive. Guess what? This saying is true, especially during the holidays. Just witnessing the rampant overconsumption can lead to an Ebenezer Scrooge attitude, and make the rest of your holiday events seem less enjoyable. You probably won’t be able to single-handedly stop the consumption, but you can choose to give more than you receive.
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It doesn’t have to be presents, either. Give time or money to a local charity. Volunteer at a local soup kitchen. Tip an extra $20 at your favorite restaurant. Small acts of kindness go a long way, especially when everyone is going 1,000 miles a minute trying to find their own “peace on earth.”
The Eyes of a Child
If you have a child or have one you can borrow (such as a niece or nephew, or the child of a close friend) take a moment to see the season through their eyes. One of the reasons the holidays are so disappointing is that they don’t measure up to the memories we have of them from our childhood.
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Taking a child ice skating, or just to look at Christmas lights, or color Christmas coloring pages, can turn your mood from sour to joyful when you see the happiness they’re experiencing as a result of the season.
Treasure the Memories You’re Making
For many people, the holidays are the one time of year they see their family. Love them or not, your family is who made you who you are today. Don’t take them for granted, instead, embrace the time you get to spend with them. Treasure every memory you make. The holidays are ultimately not about all the “stuff,” but about the special times spent with special people. Take a look at some crafts you could make together, such as a gingerbread house or embroidery designs, and make some new memories this year to treasure forever.
Turn Up the Music
As more radio stations begin playing their holiday music way too early, it can be easy to become jaded, and truly miss out on enjoying the fun and magic these perennial favorites capture. Find a station playing holiday music, and turn it up loud, and sing along. Just getting caught up in the music could be enough to totally change your “tune.” Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone that you did.
No matter how you celebrate this year, be patient with yourself Give yourself time to ease into the “happy.” Don’t be afraid to embrace it, either. As everyone who you think might make fun of you is secretly jealous that you’re having so much fun.
What are ways you can make the holidays more festive this year?
This is a guest post written by Dixie Somers, a freelance writer who loves to write for health, women’s interests, and parenting interests. She lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters.