5 Reasons To Keep Your Christmas Spirit Going Strong

5 Reasons To Keep Your Christmas Spirit Going Strong

Hey y’all! This week’s 5 things is ‘Tis The Season’ themed! I know, Christmas music has been playing non-stop since before Thanksgiving and it tends to get a little more bothersome than enjoyable. Stress is setting in, and it seems like the next few weeks are taking forever to get here. So, to keep spirits bright, I have compiled a list of 5 reasons to keep that Christmas spirit going strong.

Get into the holiday spirit: I know that this can be hard when you hear the same 10 songs over and over again, but getting into the mentality of being “jolly” really can help. Even if you hear the same songs over and over again, turn up the volume and sing along. Try using funny voices, different accents, or karaoke style it with your friends and family. Take the boring and repetitive aspects of Christmas and make them fun by infusing your style into them. For instance, have a Christmas party where you invite friends over to help you decorate your house and have fun instead of feeling like you have to do it like normal (provide snacks because everyone loves snacks). Go all out; make themed snacks, play music (try to find Christmas music that isn’t played as much), and maybe even get everyone to design an ornament for your tree. Make it fun and you’ll be back in the spirit in no time.

Don’t let money get in the way: This is so much easier said than done, but it truly does make a huge difference. Christmas is a time of year where it seems we pour out money to get gifts for people that we don’t see any other time of year. For those of us who don’t have much money to spare, it can be overwhelming to spend this money and it causes more stress than joy. The way to beat this is simple; don’t let money get in the way of you enjoying your Christmas. If money is stressing you out, opt for different ways of gift giving. Give experiences and handmade gifts instead of expensive store bought items. You’d be surprised at how many people enjoy handmade gifts more than any other type. Plus, experiences lead to memories that can’t break or go old. They’ll stay with that person forever and it’s a win win. Less money = less stress = merrier Christmas.

Don’t wait until the last minute: Again, this is another thing that is much easier said than done. I’m in the same boat, trust me. Every year I say that I’m going to start getting gifts early so that I don’t get hit with everything at once, but every year the time slips by without notice until I’m stuck scouring leftovers at the shops and spending hours online searching for the perfect gifts. The way to beat this seasonal slump is to actually start getting your gifts ahead of time. Grab items as you go throughout the year and keep them in a hidden place for Christmas (very important that you don’t forget where you hide these gifts). Having most of your gifts already purchased before you NEED them will also relieve some of the usual stress that’s tied to the season.

Do something for yourself: Normally I’m all about doing things for others (and I still am) but during this time of year where we tend to get so focused on others, it’s nice to take a break and do something for ourselves. Have a spa day, go to the range, spend a day at home with your favorite movie/ tv show. Do whatever it is that helps you de-stress and enjoy some you-time. Taking a step back from the Christmas “chaos” will help put the merriment back in and take to hectic out.

Remember the reason for the season: Yes, everyone says it, but it’s true. It’s so important to not lose sight of why we celebrate Christmas. While presents and time off of work is nice, they are not the reason we should be celebrating this joyous holiday. Now is when I tell you that you need to think about Jesus and celebrate him instead of glorifying the presents and this is when you read this and you skip over it because you’ve heard it a thousand times before. So, instead of just trying to remember Jesus this time of year, actually do something about it. Whether you spread the gospel to others, talk about his story with your family and friends, or choose to celebrate in a different way, just don’t ignore the real reason for the season.

That’s all for this week. I hope that you enjoyed this post and that it will help you de-stress this Christmas. Keep your Christmas spirit going strong and make the most of the holidays. As always, much love!

If you enjoyed this post, check out my earlier post on Christmas Cheer by clicking here.

Christmas Cheer

Hey y’all! I hope that your Thanksgiving was filled with food, family, and friends! I’m sorry I didn’t post last Thursday like normal, but I was stuffing my face with all sorts of yummy foods. That being said, I’m back to my regular posting schedule again (New Pay It Forward Challenge and More on Life every Monday and a 5 Things every Thursday). So, today I want to talk a little bit about Christmas cheer. What is it? Why is it? Why should you care? I’ll tell you what I think.

What Is Christmas cheer? So simple, Christmas cheer is that feeling that (a lot) of people get when the Christmas season rolls in each year. You either know the people that I’m talking about, or you are one. To me Christmas cheer is turning on the Christmas music as soon as the radio stations will play it, decorating your house directly after you put up your Halloween decorations, and delighting in the stores Christmas displays “finally” (sometimes before Halloween, but not going to say anything) being put out. Christmas cheer is having these Christmas songs provide nostalgia and trigger memories of Christmas tree decorating and the smell of sugar cookies baking in the oven. Christmas cheer is a feeling that is unique only to this time of year and can’t be duplicated with any other season or seasonal holiday.

Why is Christmas cheer (yes, I realize that question doesn’t look like it makes much sense, but trust me on this)? In other words, Why does this feeling of cheer run so rampant through our biggest holiday? The answer to this is one that differs for everybody. To me, it is a big time for my faith, it is a big time to be with my family/ friends and those I don’t get to see often, and it is a time where the chaos of life seems to die down a bit and allow me to focus on the things that I find most important. Put these things together, and I have a joy that surpasses the joy that I’ve felt throughout the year. Beyond this, it’s unexplainable. The combination of cold air and Christmas everything bring out old memories while making new ones and I can’t help but smile at the way life changes over time and how the people around us do too. I’m not saying that every waking minute of the Christmas season is the best thing ever, but I do believe that it holds more happiness than any other time of the year (even summer… shocking, I know). I also think that the Christmas season tends to bring out the “giving nature” of those that don’t seem to possess it any other time of the year. Something about everything that’s going on just makes your heart pull a bit more to help others, and I think that it’s wonderful.

Here’s the big one… Why should you care? The reason that you should care about Christmas cheer is not complex in the slightest. You should care because it gives you the opportunity to do great things. I’m not talking about super powers or the ability to skyrocket your career (though how cool would that be); I’m talking about the ability to do great things for others. If you have spent any amount of time with me, or if you have read any of my posts/ Pay It Forward Challenges, you will have noticed that I want the world to be filled with a little more Jesus and a little less meanness. While ugliness is unavoidable in life, we have the ability to spread a little kindness and give a little faith to those around us. As I mentioned earlier, something about the season tends to bring out this nature in more people and it is a wonderful thing. You should care about Christmas cheer because it helps to motivate more people (myself included, and hopefully you too) to make this world a truly better place even if it’s only for a couple of months. New Year’s might think that the phrase “new year, new me” applies to it, but I think otherwise. I see the most change in people during Christmas. While joy runs rampant, kindness grows, and people that wouldn’t speak normally share a conversation, there is so much to care about.

During this Christmas season, my hope for you all is that you take Christmas cheer and you run with it. I hope that you make new memories while thinking about the old ones and that you spread kindness every chance that you get. So many people need a helping hand and a generous heart to impact their lives; this time of year is perfect for getting that ball rolling. I hope that you do things not for recognition, but for betterment of the world around you. To all who read and those who may never see it, I hope that happiness is abundant in your Christmas season and I hope that you spread the happiness to others. As always, much love!

 

If you enjoyed today’s post, check out this week’s Pay It Forward Challenge by clicking here.