It’s the 4th November and I’m putting out Christmas Decorations at work. School’s finished for the day and children are really enjoying the animated Elf and Santa’s that fill the shelves. These character’s unfortunately sing. They sing the same 20 seconds on repeat. A dad looks at me with a sigh, ‘I don’t know how you can cope working down this aisle.’
It’s very easy to lose the Christmas spirit and almost despise it by the time Santa’s due. Even if you don’t work in retail, the second you’ve turned on the radio you can hear jingle bells and the Christmas songs are on repeat.
For this reason I’ve put together a little list of things to get you back into the Christmas spirit!
Catch up with a friend
Meet up, phone them, email them or even just send them a little text. Christmas is all about spending time with loved ones but that doesn’t mean you always have to find time to meet. Even a little ‘Hey! It’s been far too long, how are you?’ could put a smile on someone’s face.
Not for yourself, but for others. If you’re not a fan of the busy crowds have a look online. You’ve still got time for delivery! Have a look around charity shops. A few years ago the cheapest gift I bought was a belt buckle in a charity shop for my secret Santa and he spent the rest of the day trying to find out who bought it. Unfortunately for him, it did stay a Secret Santa.
When you find that perfect little gift it will make you feel so festive and I bet you’ll be struggling to hold out until Christmas day to gift it!
Make a gift or decorations.
Super struggling for money? Make some gifts. You could create a cute bookmark for someone from cardboard and wrapping paper. That little red button you never found a home for? Pop it on and use it as Rudolph’s nose. Everyone has a secret stash of ‘things’. Buttons, paper, old christmas cards, pipe cleaners. I’m sure you can come up with something!
Make some Christmas treats!
Or you could always buy some and decorate them. You could create some extravagant cake or just pop on a bit of green and red icing, it really doesn’t matter! Who doesn’t like eating Christmas food? If you’ve got a little more time why not make the Rice Crispy Christmas Tree’s I showed you on Saturday.
Share them out with your loved ones are keep them for yourself! (I won’t tell anyone, I promise.)
If you’re not super sick of Christmas music you could also play some of your favourite tracks. If you’re already listening to it 9-5 at work… maybe we should lay off it for a little. Maybe pop on some television Christmas specials like Outnumbered or Doctor Who to cheer you up when you get home.
How do you get into the Christmas spirit and stay balanced during the festive period? It can definitely be difficult but you just have to remember that it’s all about showing your love.