Get Into The
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
1. Get pampered. Start your de-stressing by getting a massage, a
pedicure, a manicure or some other
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.
5. Dress for the season. Make it a point to dress in bright,
cheery colors for the month of December. If you
dress up, take this opportunity to dress up each day of the
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
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
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.
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