For the second post of 12 Days of Christmas, I wanted to take the time to get into the festive spirit. I’ve recently just finished up my fall semester which is always chaotic and stressful. When it’s all over with I find that I’m not feeling as festive as I thought I was. That makes me feel more stressed because this is my favorite time of the year and I want to enjoy it as much as I can. I know I can’t be the only one that feels like this, so I wanted to share how I get into the festive spirit!
I think that the holiday season is all about slowing down and trying to enjoy the moments as much as you can. And that’s ironically really hard because people become so overwhelmed with chaos and constantly on the go. Despite if you celebrate the holidays or not, I firmly believe that we should relax around this time.
So, here are 7 ways to get into the festive spirit if you just aren’t quite feeling it yet:
Do Something Holiday-related
During the stressful time of the year, it might be hard to find time to do the fun things that come along with the season. If you can’t find a day to dedicate to a holly-jolly time, make your to-do list more exciting. For example, if you still have to finish your Christmas shopping – make a day of it. Wear a fun Christmas sweater, go to your local mall and look at all the store decorations and Christmas tree, and maybe go out to eat somewhere that’s decorated for the holidays. It’s important to soak up as much of the holiday season as possible, so try to incorporate as much fun as you can!
Watch your Favorite Christmas Movie
I woke up feeling a bit stressed this morning about all the things I still have to do despite my school semester being over with. So, I decided to pour some coffee into a festive mug and turn on some Christmas movies and start completing my to-do list. And once I started doing this, I felt a lot less stressed about all the things I had to do and I even started to feel happier, too! I’m telling you, there’s nothing that Christmas movies can’t fix.
Bake Christmas Treats
This time of the year is all about the tasty treats and how much of them you can eat. Last weekend, my boyfriend and I whipped up some really delicious hot chocolate cookies from scratch and they were the best. I ate a lot of dough and Max was surprisingly very strict about my cookie dough in-take – but that didn’t stop me from trying to eat some when he wasn’t looking.
Baking is one of my favorite things to do especially around the holidays because it’s really the only time I have to do it. Plus festive-themed treats are the most fun to make. Every year I make sugar cookies from scratch and decorate them with sprinkles and it’s the best because it reminds me of when I was younger. Destress with some sugar and flour and everything will be okay!
Spend Time with the People You Love
I recently did a post about surviving the holidays as an introvert and I emphasized that you should make sure to spend the time with the people you actually want to. With Christmas comes a lot of obligations to spend time with people that can be very draining. So, make sure you spend extra time with yourself and those who make you feel happy and good about yourself.
Go Look at Christmas Lights
Christmas lights are one of my most favorite things about the season. There’s just something so magical and captivating about them. White lights or multi-colored it doesn’t matter to me, I love them all. The lights are even better when you go driving around to look at them with someone you love while listening to Christmas music and maybe a light snowfall to add to the magic of the season. I didn’t mean for that to sound like a cheesy scene in a Hallmark movie, but hey who wouldn’t love to do that.
I took a break from writing this post to wrap a gift and it was something else to improve my mood! I was even pleasantly surprised at how my wrapping turned out because I’m really not the best at it, but I must say I did a great job. Although the Christmas season is not about presents, it’s nice when you know you picked out the perfect gift for someone to show your appreciation for them – to give back to those who gave to you all year. It’s just an added bonus that the tree looks even better with a few beautifully wrapped boxes underneath it.
As I’ve mentioned before, the most wonderful time of the year can be stressful and chaotic – so slow down. Try to enjoy moments of the season before it’s gone again for a whole year. Days go by so quickly this year and years seem to go by in a blink of an eye and that can be very scary. I’ve been trying my best lately to try and slow down and be as in the moment as possible and I know it’s difficult – especially in today’s society. So grab a gingerbread man and take a moment to notice all the beautiful little lights on your Christmas tree and breathe.
I’m starting to feel more festive the past few days and I hope you are now, too! What are some ways that you get into the holiday mood and counteract the chaos and stress that inevitably come with it?
Be sure to come back tomorrow for day 3!