5 Steps to a Super Jolly Christmas Spirit
The days and weeks before Christmas can be the most hectic and stressful of the whole year. The buying rush, accounts emptying like the bottom fell out of the world. So much to do, so much to do.
But here are some simple steps to super boost your festive cheer and keep your Christmas Spirit as jolly as jolly can be!
1. Experience over Material
First, let’s get your focus and mindset on what’s truly the pinnacle of this time of year.
Experience trumps any material possession exchange, especially during this festive and family orientated time of year. Kids grow up remembering playing boardgames with their siblings, cousins, neighbours. The silly jokes shared out of crackers, playing outside in the snow (or on the beach building sandcastles, if you’re a summer December).
Looking back at your own childhood Christmas’, what were the highlights for you?
Being there, your presence, is more important than any physical present.
A joke, a walk outside, a story shared and time spent together: these moments are the most important and valuable gift you could give.
What made/makes Christmas for you? Let me know in the comments below!
2. Christmas Coffee
This list was bound to have some kind of coffee in it, so let’s throw it out there now.
After you have done step one and started to focus on what is important, some festive coffee wouldn’t go amiss. Coffee can help a person relax and settle frazzled nerves. Add some hazelnut, cinnamon or other festive flavours to assist in that Christmas Spirit of togetherness and warmth. If you don’t like adding flavours (I’m not sure if this is a real thing…) you can just drink it out of the most Christmassy mug you own!
And, slowly, the chill of the cold will turn to just chillin’.
3. Get Outside!
I know, you may well have spent HOURS out at the shops, looking for presents, stocking up on food supplies like the shops will never open again this year. But now, it’s time to get outside just for you. Take your family and relevant pets with you (please leave your fish at happy at home) and get outside for a walk in the park, go for a woodland trail or even just meander around enjoying the Christmas lights in the evening. They won’t be up for much longer, after all!
4. Digitals Down
As soon as you possibly can, put your digital devices down and spend some time IRL. (But after you finish reading this first!)
Read a book, play some Pictionary with whoever is around.
Spend some time doing something with your hands: wether its’ baking, painting, drawing, whittling some wood, I don’t know! Just whatever takes your fancy that isn’t a thousand hours on the internet.
Share a smile with everyone you meet, including yourself. Smiling can help lift your mood, as the action can trick your brain into thinking something good happened, but it won’t know what.
It can be the most effective way to keep your jolly Christmas Spirit as jollily upbeat as it’s ever been. And it costs you nothing!
Even if you have had a rough year, and things haven’t all worked out as you’d hoped, let it go.
This is the time of year to forgive yourself your failure and shortcomings, rally round and recover with good food and better people, and rebuild your courage and determination to knock it out of the park in 2019.
Don’t let Christmas wind you up, that’s not what this time of year is for. Have fun, make merry and may your future be bright!
Let’s have a fantastic Christmas and a stunning 2019. After all, it’s only as good or as bad as what you make of it!
Now, I am going to take my own advise, go out for a walk under the Christmas Lights, drink some coffee, smile and put down the digitals in favour of something else….