As we get older, we end up bidding adieu to many holiday beliefs and traditions and allow our spirits to get crushed by obligations, responsibilities, and stress. Why are we letting these things overshadow the real meaning of the holiday season? Here are my tips on how to embrace the joy, traditions, and magic we may have left behind over the years.
Unleash your inner child
Everything seemed so magical when we were kids, but why does that magic have to come to an end? The holidays haven’t changed much – we have! I encourage you to think back to when you were younger and make a list of all the things that used to excite you. Maybe it was watching a certain holiday movie, eating a special treat, or taking a tour of all the festive lights in your neighborhood. I’m making a point of following my own advice by sitting here in my onesie, sipping hot chocolate, listening to Christmas music all while enjoying my festive décor as I write this. Find those things on your list that still give you that same feeling of holiday bliss and make them a priority this season.
Find your inspiration
With the hustle and bustle of the season, it’s easy for us to get wrapped up in the chaos of it all. We can quickly lose our holiday cheer and become a victim to late night shopping, decorating, baking, and countless parties. Before we realize it, everything feels like a chore. To help you get back to a place of festive fun, ask yourself why these things are important to you. When we are able to figure out what inspires us, we can suddenly feel extra motivated to do it. For example: maybe your inspiration for shopping is to see the look on your son/daughter’s face when they open their gift. Or maybe you’re excited to see someone smile when they taste your baking. Just keep tapping into your inspiration to keep your holiday spark alive.
Don’t let stress be the boss of you
The to-do list can seem never-ending during the holiday season, and before we know it, our stress levels are at the max. You get to decide how much you want stress to be the boss of you. This isn’t your first holiday rodeo, so you should have an idea of what to anticipate – so put a strategy in place. Make a list of all your priorities, delegate where you can, know your limits and when to say no, and don’t forget to take time for you! I find what helps me stay on top of my holiday game is sticking to my regular fitness routine. Yoga and meditation are also all great ways to help combat stress.
Make it about giving
Often times the true meaning of the holiday season gets easily forgotten. Giving is such a huge part of what this time of year is all about. Not only does giving give the recipient a feeling of gratitude, but it can also leave us feeling happy and fulfilled. I love surprising someone with a little gift and not expecting anything in return, or being able to offer up my home to people visiting from out of town. I encourage you to think of all the ways you can give this time of year. It doesn’t have to big or significant, just a little something that will make this December feel a tad more magical for everyone – including you!
Be a leader of positivity
With the amount of stress many people face this time of year, it’s easy for people to sometimes lose their cool. Whether you’re dealing with a family dilemma or come across a grumpy stranger during your holiday shopping, I encourage you to be a leader of positivity. You may not be able to shift other people’s mindset, but you do get to decide how you want to show up. Don’t let others blow out your holiday spark. Keep focusing on all the things you are grateful for, and continue to spread your own holiday joy through positivity and happiness. The more you’re able to see the good in a situation, the more likely others will follow suit.