Many people are facing the same problem as if December is not feeling like the merriest season that it’s supposed to be but rather more like a never-ending to-do list that is not merry at all. The holidays lose their magic for many adults.
Our life get a little complicated when we become adults and the holidays become slightly stressy. Holidays are a little part of how we manage our whole lives. In contrast, for the kids, the world always revolves around magical moments.
Christmas spirit is not about just enjoying the holiday and singing Christmas songs. It could be more difficult now that you are grown up but it is as rewarding as it is. How do you keep that Christmas spirit in your life when you’re trying to change your life and make it better?
Is it possible to add to the joy of the holiday season the possibility of brightening up the lives of others?
Christmas is coming, whether it’s your endless shopping list or just some nostalgia that is spoiling your festive joy and here are some simple ways to help you rediscover your ‘Christmas spirit’ this and every year.
It’s fun to decorate for the holidays, but you don’t want decorations to be something you do “just because you have to”. You want to take joy in this season and think outside of your preconceived notions or old hurts that might have prevented you from enjoying this holiday.
Spruce up your living space with festive decorations. Set up a Christmas tree, hang lights, and display ornaments. The act of decorating can be a joyful and bonding experience for families.
Extend the festive atmosphere to the outdoors. Decorate your front yard or porch with lights and seasonal ornaments to share the holiday spirit with neighbors and passersby.
This is the perfect time of year to allow more people into your sphere and grow your network. No, this is not a business network. This is a personal network where you’re making memories, getting to know families, making friends, and filling your heart with joy.
Remember, spreading kindness is not just a Christmas activity. You should plan to live this throughout the year. Most people just “get in the Christmas spirit” and then turn it off when the season is over. You want to start now and continue on this path every month of the year.
Do random acts of kindness, like helping a neighbour, donating to the local community or volunteering. Small acts can really make a difference in someone’s holiday season.
Thoughtful gift-giving is a wonderful way to spread joy. It doesn’t have to be extravagant; even a small, meaningful gift can bring happiness to others.
As part of the season, you want to start investing in others. Know someone from work that’s having a hard time? You can do more than share the season with them—you might decide that they’re part of your gift-giving tree, invite them, get gifts for their kids, etc. Think outside your sphere and grow it at the same time.
As you have been working to change the way you experience the season, you also want to create and share traditions. How does this work? What if you have no traditions? There’s nothing saying you can’t do what you want during the holiday season.
Establish or continue family traditions. Whether it’s baking cookies, watching classic holiday movies, or going caroling, these rituals create lasting memories and build a sense of togetherness.
Participate in or create community events and traditions. This could include organizing a local holiday market, a tree-lighting ceremony, or a community caroling night.
Infuse some storytelling magic into our traditions by weaving in family stories and passing down our history and values. It’s like creating our very own family saga each year!
Take advantage of local events, such as Christmas markets, light displays, and parades. Participating in these activities can bring the magic of the season to life.
Dive into the holiday spirit with a bunch of awesome activities! These are all about making everyone feel involved and excited during the festive season. From fun games to cozy gatherings, these activities not only connect us but also make the holidays a blast for everyone involved.
Watch holiday movies, attend a local performance of a Christmas play or concert, and listen to festive music. These activities can evoke the joyous spirit of the season.
When you do these things, you’re doing more than immersing yourself in the holidays. You’re reminding yourself that you want the holiday season to be and mean more. Staying busy during this time of year can be quite powerful, and it might help you see that there’s more to the Christmas spirit than you previously believed.
No one would suggest that you connect with loved ones or family who have been toxic or with whom you simply cannot relate. However, you should commit to spending time or checking in with those that you miss, who often live far away, and family or friends that need you the most this holiday season.
Spend quality time with family and friends. Whether it’s through virtual gatherings or in-person visits, the holidays are a time to connect, share stories, and strengthen relationships.
Take a moment to reflect on the year and express gratitude for the positive aspects of your life. Sharing your appreciation with others fosters a sense of warmth and connection.
In the middle of all the holiday craziness, don’t forget the awesome gift of just being there for each other. Whether it’s catching up on a video call or hanging out in person, put some effort into building those connections.
Do not forget that Christmas is more than just decorations and presents. It’s about happiness, thankfulness, and being with people you love. Hold your Christmas spirit by embracing these feelings. The spirit of Christmas lies beyond stuff. It is all about fun, appreciation, and togetherness with friends and family. Keep the Christmas magic burning by creating new memories, doing good deeds and taking delight in the small joys of the season.
And you know what’s awesome? Every holiday season is a chance to expand your own memory book. Therefore, not for the sake of it, let us each make every Christmas a chapter to remember full of happiness, kindness, and moments spent together, that stay with us for life.
Need some more guidance? Check out what JW Radford is doing for the holidays and how he endeavors to learn and grow throughout the year.