Holidays are stressful – this is not news. The demands on our time and finances this time of year are exponentially greater than the rest of the year. There are obligations everywhere! Gift buying for family, co-workers, teachers, various service providers – the list goes on… We spend our time going to our kids’ Christmas programs, work parties, theater productions, watching traditional movies, etc. Between our hopes and expectations and everyone else’s, emotions run high. It’s a lot!
All of these obligations can take away our joy in this season. Well, I say – let’s take that joy back! We at ACW want to give you some practical ways to do just that. Here is list of things you can do that do not require anyone else’s participation and that require little to no money. Use this list to keep control over your joy this Christmas, and in doing so, you will be better equipped to bring joy to others.
- Make gingerbread, or some other yummy (good smelling) food.
- Sing Christmas carols at the top of your lungs in your house or car.
- Volunteer at a local shelter or food bank.
- Attend a Christmas concert – many churches offer them for free.
- Journal about what Christmas means to you.
- Do a random act of kindness. (If this challenge leaves you stumped, may we suggest buying the drink of the person behind you at Starbucks?)
- Decorate something – go as elaborate as Buddy the Elf or as simple as changing the wallpaper on your phone to a Christmas tree.
- Read the Christmas story from the Bible.
- Watch that movie – White Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, The Holiday, whatever it is for you that really feels like Christmas.
- Go see Christmas lights.
- People-watch at the mall while drinking a holiday latte.
- Talk to a child about the miracle of Jesus’ birth and the wonder of Christmas time.
- Wrap a gift nesting-doll style, so the recipient has to unwrap many layers to get to the gift.
- Make a Spotify playlist of Christmas songs you like and rock out to them.
What will make you feel like you really had Christmas? Pick a couple of things and make them happen. Don’t let the chaos of December define this season for you. Make your spirits bright so you have more to give. Make Christmas your own.