As Halloween departs, we await Christmas. With the long holiday and chilly winter, everyone looks forward to spending the holidays in the most exciting way possible. Sure, we have our Christmas presents, and the gingerbread house puts up every year, but honestly, some of us feel the need to amp it up a bit. The repetitive tasks of baking the same Christmas cake and crossing things off shopping lists can feel mundane and will not thrill you at all. Christmas holidays are two weeks of happiness and excitement, and you can surely add or change a few things every year to make that period more exciting.
Here are a few things you could do to make this Christmas holiday like no other:
Invent a new tradition
You do not need to follow a family tradition every year just because you are obliged to do it, especially when it’s no fun. If you feel like none of your family members enjoy following that particular tradition, you need to find mutual interests and work out a tradition that everyone can look forward to. It could be as simple as watching a mutual-favorite TV series or movie with cups of hot chocolate, or something energizing as going to ski with your entire family on the top of the mountains. After all, festivals are incomplete without significant traditions.
Promise to gift yourself
All year round, you buy stuff and presents for friends and families for birthdays and festivities. Have you ever considered gifting something to yourself? You can start by saving up money every month in your Christmas present inventory, a section promised for yourself. At the end of every year on Christmas, you can look forward to buying the thing you always wanted. It will make you happy and not give you the guilt of buying it. You deserve the happiness that you spread around you, and Christmas is the perfect time to do it.
Amp up the Christmas décor
Christmas time screams of lights and decorations, and if you do not have any elevated décor up at your house or at the workplace, are you even doing it right? People are so excited about Christmas that they begin putting up relevant decoration from October itself. Decorating together with your family can also help you to fetch the quality time you need with your loved ones. This year, you can take it up a notch by introducing a themed décor or hiring professional decorators to do it; the design team at Neave Décor specializes in extremely elevated Christmas décor such as setting up Christmas villages and themed events. This can also encourage you to throw a Christmas party where you can be proud to show off your well-thought-out preparations.
Speaking of parties, gathering your family and close friends for a small rendezvous at your house can promise you an exciting time for Christmas Eve. Arranging a potluck or barbecue evening, and drinking together can be one of the most rejoicing festival moments. Adding games to these events boosts up the adrenaline and you can witness the hidden child in all adults. Everyone is pumped up and gets competitive, which adds to the fun. Putting up prizes for the winners is another step toward spending a perfect night.
Take more rest and “me” time
With a busy schedule all year round, you never get time for yourself. This holiday is the best time to relax and eliminate all accumulated stress. Just say no to insignificant responsibilities, get into your pajamas, make yourself a steaming cup of coffee and watch your favorite movie, relaxed in bed. Don’t you already feel relieved, thinking about it? It adds to the excitement of the holiday. Do not feel guilty in taking this “me” time because you have rubbed yourself enough in making ends meet, and you completely deserve this time. Other ways to relax can be taking walks in parks, taking naps during the day, playing with your kids, going for a massage or going out on dates with your significant other, totally carefree.
Sing and dance away
Has it been a while since you sang Christmas carols? If it is a yes, this year is a chance to unleash your inner child and scream your heart out singing in that dissonant voice of yours. Want to escalate this singing experience with your family? Get a musical instrument. You can have a fun time with your family in composing carols and harmonizing with them. It might turn out to be quite a performance, you never know. If you accept that you are horrible at it and do not want your neighbors to complain to stop those hoarse and off-putting voices, you can dance away to your favorite tunes. It would be simply exhilarating with all those endorphins released, and your body will thank you for the workout it hasn’t received in days due to the cold weather.
Creating things can give you a sense of achievement and a boost to your morale. With a lot of spare time on your hands this holiday, commit to creating something that you always wanted to do, or that your house needs. It can be something simple like baking cupcakes, or something huge like building a cabinet from scratch. You may discover new skills that you never knew you had, and you might master the task, turning it into a hobby of yours. You can make your holiday exciting by choosing new and versatile things to do and tasks to accomplish every year. Make it something that requires a mix of skills so that you can investigate your potential.
Christmas holidays are all about happiness, giving, sharing, and excitement. With these tips inducing connections and productivity, you can find yourself gaining new motivation and a better social circle. You get more attached to your family, who will equally look forward to spending time with you this Christmas. Apart from these, do not forget to follow the embedded traditions such as greeting cards, stockings, secret Santa, presents, hot cocoa, and of course, the star on top of the Christmas tree.