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Category:  Christmas

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  Get Into The Christmas Spirit

By Alyice Edrich

Christmas is coming! Are you ready to host your annual Christmas celebration? Do you have all your gifts purchased? Is your baking done? Is your tree up? Are you up for company?

Sometimes, Christmas comes before we're ready to deal with all the festivities, let alone the good cheer that is being spread throughout the land. So, how do you enjoy the Christmas season when life has knocked you down and you just can't get into the spirit of things?

The first step in enjoying the holiday season is to realize that despite the many hardships you've endured in the past, or the ones you're currently going through, life doesn't stand still. You still have to deal with those issues, but it's okay to take a time out from the craziness of your life and just enjoy the joy that often comes with the twinkling of Christmas lights, the peace that enters your heart at the sound of Christmas carols, and the smiles that just can't help themselves as you watch little children marvel at the miracles of Christmas.

Once you've released yourself to enjoy the little pleasures of the holiday, it's time to get yourself in the mood for Christmas. And here are some tried and true tips to help you find the Christmas spirit:

1. Get pampered. Start your de-stressing by getting a massage, a pedicure, a manicure or some other
    pampering service.

2. Play music. Upbeat, fun, energetic Christmas music always has a way to put you in the Christmas mood.

3. Watch a movie. Just one Christmas movie a day: start Dec 1 and continue until Christmas Eve.

4. Read your favorite Christmas story. Don't have one? Check out The Legend of the Three Trees.
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5. Dress for the season. Make it a point to dress in bright, cheery colors for the month of December. If you
    normally don't dress up, take this opportunity to dress up each day of the month.

6. Get a haircut. Sometimes a new hairdo can lift your spirits by making you feel pretty.

7. Play Santa. Go to the dollar store and buy a bunch of gifts for little children then make an impromptu trip to
    your local shelter or children's hospital.

8. Buy a Christmas Meal. When you're doing your holiday shopping, buy a meal for a needy family. Many
    grocery stores make it easy by providing you with a holiday sack filled with goodies, or a special box they'll
    fill once you pay for it.

9. Bake Cookies. Bake a batch of holiday cookies, line them up on cute Christmas plates, cover with
    decorative plastic wrap, and take them to your neighbors.

10. Make Christmas Cards. Hand-decorate Christmas cards with a message of God's love and then stop by
    your local old folks home and deliver them to the residents. Many elderly people, in these homes, don't get
    visits from family members and could use a little holiday cheer.

11. Go Christmas Caroling. Whether you go with a group of people, just your family, or by yourself, spread
    holiday cheer by singing door-to-door. And if you're really brave, include a giving can where residents can
    put in spare change and you can donate to a local charity.

12. Host a Christmas Party. You don't have to go all out, just invite a few friends over to share some egg nog,
    a few snacks, and chit chat. Turn mundane tasks into something fun by making it a theme party: holiday
    baking, gift wrapping, gift making, or tree trimming. Or host a gift exchange.

Whatever you decide to do, make sure it's something that will make you feel good about yourself and the season. If the event you plan makes you feel stressed or burdened with responsibility, it's not the right event for you.

Merry Christmas!

About The Author: Alyice Edrich is the author of several highly praised e-books designed to help you work from home. To discover how you can earn $50 in two hours or up to $10K in your spare time visit her store: http://thedabblingmum.com/ebookstore  

 

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