You know what they say… it’s the most wonderful time of the year.
Not always. While the holiday season is typically a time filled with good cheer and joy, sometimes it can feel a little harder than it should be to muster up the usual excitement. For a variety of reasons, it can sometimes be a little tough to get into the holiday spirit and feel that Christmas joy.
But you don’t have to settle for feeling ho-hum while everyone else is basking in the glow of the season! With a little effort, there’s a good chance you can turn your mood around and enjoy a little bit of holiday magic yourself. If you’re feeling a bit down this Christmas and are looking for some tips to get into the spirit of the season, here are a few things you can try:
PUT YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE UP EARLY
For many families, the Christmas tree is the real symbol of the season. It doesn’t really feel like Christmas until the tree’s up – so why wait? Whether you dust off your artificial tree each year, pick up a freshly-chopped tree from a local vendor, or cut down your own in a nearby forest, there’s something special about decorating it with loved ones and watching the presents accumulate below.
WATCH A WELL-LOVED CHRISTMAS MOVIE
Watching a Christmas movie – especially one that’s been a long-time favorite – can be a great way to immerse yourself in the holiday spirit. You’ve got plenty of options to choose from: the cheesy-yet-charming Hallmark made-for-TV holiday movies, claymation classics like Frosty the Snowman, family favorites like Home Alone, and so many more.
LOOK THROUGH HOLIDAY MEMORIES
Revisiting your favorite Christmas memories can be a wonderful way to celebrate the season and bring a smile to your face. Pull out old recordings of Christmas morning, if you’re lucky enough to have them, or dust off your old picture albums and spend some time looking through your favorite memories.
SEND SOME CHRISTMAS CARDS
The holiday season is all about spending time with loved ones, but what do you do when friends and family live far away? Sending a Christmas card can be a great way to brighten someone’s day – and help yourself feel a little more merry. Order custom cards well in advance, or pick up some festive cards from a nearby shop. Fill each card with some well-wishes for the season and get them in the mail early so your recipients have plenty of time to enjoy them.
PLAY YOUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS TUNES
Singing along to Christmas carols is a surefire way to feel a little festive. From pop covers of holiday classics to old-school throwbacks and traditional favorites like Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Jingle Bells, a little Christmas singalong is sometimes all it takes to bring a smile to your face and feel like the holidays are finally here.
Embrace a few of these tried-and-true holiday activities, and you’re almost guaranteed to get into the Christmas spirit.