Christmas is fast approaching and there is soo much left to do. But, isn’t this always the way? It is so difficult not to get caught up in all the hoopla! I always tell myself that this will be the year that all my shopping is done before December even begins… avoiding the busy mall times and crazy shoppers all-together. You know how many times that has worked out? Zero. Zip. Zilch.
I constantly find myself with that “just.need.a few.more.things” feeling in those last few days before Christmas. I think this happens to a lot of people; and really, it is generally unavoidable no matter how prepared you are. There will always be something you need last minute.
And it’s the worst time; everyone is running around, scrambling to find the perfect present, creative stocking stuffers and the little things that often get overlooked.
It’s not fun. It’s like being in a large herd of cattle and everyone is moving a million miles an hour, but nobody is going anywhere.
It’s funny that we tell each other that Christmas is not about the gifts, but we spend so much time planning, organizing and concocting for Christmas morning. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy opening gifts and I love seeing others open the presents I have for them. (Even if I was trampled trying to reach for the last one).
I mean, come on, who isn’t in the spirit of receiving? And the spirit of giving is just as fun (minus the damage it does to our wallets)
But what else is there to love about Christmas? Here are a few of my favourite things that get me in the spirit!
- Decorations and Christmas Music is what it’s ALLLLLLL about! Honestly, grab the nearest Grinch, force them into an afternoon of vigorous tree-trimming, hall decking and general garnishing & ornamenting, throw in a gingerbread house, stuff them with some shortbread and candy cane bark, and they will emerge renewed; #buddytheelf.
- Speaking of Elf & The Grinch, there is nothing better than spending a snowy afternoon indulging in some peppermint fudge and all the Christmas movies you can watch; The Santa Claus, A Christmas Story, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and the list goes on! Plus, we can’t forget the classic television specials like Rudolph and the Year Without a Santa Claus. Claymation at its finest!
- ‘Tis the season for holiday parties; starting in November and extending through New Year’s Eve! On one hand, this is often a cause for added expenses whether it is a new outfit, a gift for the host and/or Secret Santa, or a dish for a potluck. However, it’s also about spending a little bit of extra time with those close to you! Friends, family & Co-Workers- it’s the perfect time of year to spend a wonderful evening together!
- I know that I already mentioned Christmas music but… How can it not put you in a holly jolly mood? There are so many different renditions of all the classics, and new ones coming out each year! I understand that it can get slightly annoying when it is blasting in any store you step foot in from the 1st December, but surely you have a favorite one that never gets old! (Santa Baby, anyone?)
- Baking, Baking, Baking! (Need I say more?)
- Christmas Cards! Also an added expense (#shocking); but soo much fun to send out! (And to receive of course!) You know you are showing your love and probably brightening someone’s day or maybe even amping up his or her holiday spirit a bit! A card can do no wrong!
- This is a magnificent time of year to think about how you can make someone else’s season a touch more festive! Donations and volunteering your time may have a much larger affect that you would expect.
- Family Time a la Clark Griswold. It is the time to get together with all those crazy relatives; maybe you don’t usually all get along, maybe it won’t be any different during the holidays, but each year brings you closer together.
There is no doubt that I am the person that wants to be out spreading the cheer as soon as Remembrance Day ends. Christmas is not just a day, it is a whole season of joy, peace and love; focusing less on work and spending more time with loved ones and those close to you, and helping out those less fortunate.
PLUS, Christmas day is so special because of the excitement and anticipation.
It is so important to remember to slow down and enjoy this time of year for what it is rather than getting too caught up in certain aspects that make it a little less enjoyable.
From our family to yours, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and have an absolutely wonderful New Year!