Andy Williams sang in 1963, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” I think many of us agree with that statement. Christmas is a magical, marvellous time when generosity is key and good fellowship is treasured. Sure there are other holidays around this time of year too (like Hanukah) but the old yuletide always holds a big place in my heart. There is so much fun, joy and enchantment to be had. So that is why I wish to share some advice on how to get into the Christmas spirit. There are many easy, and mostly inexpensive ways to smile this time of year. Here they are:
What I have always loved since my childhood is getting a chocolate advent calendar that counts the days to Christmas. In the morning, you wake up and the first thing you do is go have a chocolate. How is that not a perfect way to start your morning or get into the spirit of the holidays? Advent calendars give you something to look forward to every day. So go get one.
The best thing about Christmas is the cookies. The best memories can come from baking cookies. The laughter, sneaking tastes of the dough and then celebrating the finished products. It is a lot of work but it shows that you can enjoy the fruits of your labor when you have fun doing it. After all is said and done you can have a beautiful peppermint tea and see how much tasty treats you can sneak with no one looking.
On a clear evening, there is nothing like taking a walk around your neighborhood and looking at all the Christmas lights. The colorful twinkling lights that adorn the houses bring out your inner child. They light up like little colorful stars or like bright flowers on a very cold day. Each house is a constant surprise with its variety of lights. That is what I call a winter wonderland.
There are three plants that always seem to show up for Christmas. Poinsettias, Christmas Cactuses, and the ever popular Christmas tree. Each one brings its own unique beauty into the house as well as its own brand of magic. Poinsettias bring good will and cheer into a home. They are also said to grant wishes. Christmas cactuses help with loneliness and give warmth and care to those in need. Christmas trees bring fertility and new life to a place even in the dead of winter. So feel free to find these plants because they will help you bring out all the good things of this festive season.
Singing the Songs
The radio takes a very festive turn every December. It plays both modern and classic Christmas songs that get your feet tapping. It’s something to look forward to because every song you hear is either slow and romantic or fun and silly. I can’t help but sing out “Santa Baby” whenever I hear it, no matter who sings it. So if you are ever feeling down, belt out the song that gets your own heart singing.
The Christmas movies are a perfect way to experience the joy of the season. Whether you are watching classics like “A Christmas Carol” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” or more contemporary movies like Hallmarks, “Christmas in Evergreen” and “Switched at Christmas” the message of the movies are loud and clear. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. My favorite this year is “Christmas in the City” starring Ashley Williams on Netflix. Give that a watch.
Peppermint Hot Chocolate
The taste of Christmas is in a decadent cup of peppermint hot chocolate. The mixture of sweetness, chocolate, cream and peppermint warms the heart, fills the belly and lifts the soul. A magical and inexpensive way (about $5.00) to get into the spirit of the season. It’s also very good with cookies. So don’t be afraid to get yourself a little something special.
The Gift of Giving
“It is better to give than to receive.” This old quote is very true. When you give to others you get a lot more than you think. Sure it is fun to get gifts but when you give to someone who really needs it, it’s like your heart lights up. You did something really good that helped someone no matter how big or small. A suggestion is give your change to a charity box or get a brand new toy for a little boy and girl at your local toy charity. Everyone deserves a Merry Christmas and you can help make that happen.
Fun with Friends and Family
Family and friends are what truly makes Christmas special. When you spend time with them, all worries and fears drift way with the snowflakes. To make it that way, make some food, get out some games and pick up a phone to give the wonderful people in your life a call. Have them over and have some fun. Life would be pretty boring without them.
Christmas is a good time to remember what makes this world a good place. Sometimes we all need a reminder. Not everybody believes in the same thing but the beauty of it is, you don’t have to. If you believe in family, friends, helping others and love then that is all you need. What brings your Christmas to life?