It has been three days and I haven’t posted anything, though not for lack of trying. I think my problem has been that I’ve been getting too sentimental, too personal. It got to the point where I couldn’t take myself seriously in the rereading of any of it. And so, I’ve decided to take a step back from the personal posts and write a list: How To Find Holiday Spirit.

If you live somewhere that doesn’t get snow, you’re far from one home or another, or your to-do list is filled with assignments and work, you may find it difficult to get into the holiday mood. It can get even worse when everyone around you seem to be happy and holiday-ready. I’ve come up with a list of some things that may (or may not) make you feel a bit better about the impending holiday.

  1. Traditions. Do something that is reminiscent of a past holiday that will remind you what it was like. Maybe it’s decorating the house to some Christmas music. Maybe it’s singing along to a festive film. Whatever it may be, find a way to recall the past.
  2. Giving. Get rid of those “unworns” in the back of your closet and drop them off at a donation box. Buy gifts for refugee children, give food to the local soup kitchen, volunteer your time at a homeless shelter. It all makes the heart grow warmer.
  3. Creating. Use the holidays as an excuse to do crafts you haven’t done since you were a child. Finger-paintings, popsicle stick trees, plain-old colouring books; it’s easy to lose that child-like wonder. Maybe you can find it again, even for just a little while. If it doesn’t improve your mood at all, at the very least you’ll have another decoration for your house.

It’s late now and I’m tired. Hopefully that list is enough to get you started on the track to holiday cheer. If you have other ideas to add, or any suggestions for how you do the things on the list, please tell everyone in the comments below! Thanks for reading and Happy Holidays.


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