Christmas can a happy time for many, but sometimes it can be hard to get into the happy holiday mood. Amidst cheery songs, sparkly lights, and sugary treats, sometimes it can be hard to get into the holiday spirit.
I suppose in order to “get into the holiday spirit” you need to figure out what holiday spirit means to you. To me, it means the birth of my savior, spending time with family and friends, and giving to others. Even if you don’t have a religious reason to celebrate the holidays, giving to others and spending time with family and friends can be an important part of celebrating this time of year. I think it is a great time of the year to bless others and be thankful for all that you have.
In a nutshell, what puts me in the holiday spirit? Reacquainting myself with the real reason for Christmas, connecting with others, and giving.
And please, if you are depressed and having thoughts about harming yourself or others, please get help. The holidays can be a tough time for many and you are not alone.
- Take a walk or drive down your local Christmas Tree Lane
- Drink hot apple cider or hot cocoa and listen to Christmas music
- Watch Christmas movies
- Volunteer at a food bank or shelter
- Attend church service
- Attend local holiday plays or musical events
- Read about the birth of Jesus
- Read Christmas stories
- Host a holiday party with friends and family
- Volunteer to wrap donated presents
- Bake goodies for your neighbors, friends, or family
- “Adopt” a family or child to buy presents for
- “Jingle” or “Elf” your neighbors
- Perform random acts of kindness
- Do Christmas crafts
- Gather a caroling group to sing at retirement homes
- Pay for the person behind you in the drive thru or at the cash register
- Make a list of what you are thankful for
- Wish everyone you meet a happy holiday or tell them “merry Christmas”
- Send family and friends Christmas cards
What do you do to get in the Christmas spirit?