We’ve all heard it, perhaps we’ve been the ones to say it; ‘It doesn’t feel like Christmas’. In terms of feelings, we can feel happy, we can feel sad, we can feel elated, deflated, frustrated and ecstatic. Christmas isn’t one a particular feeling, it evokes feelings and sometimes in order to feel it, we have to make a little effort.
Now, before I go any further I must say this, it is absolutely, perfectly normal to not want to ‘feel’ Christmas. It’s perfectly okay to close your door, binge on Netflix and pretend it isn’t happening. It’s perfectly okay to not be okay, though I would implore you to speak to someone if you are feeling so low.
On the other hand, if you do want that fuzzy festive feeling, I have a few little tips to hopefully help you set the tone of the season.
- Listen to some Christmas songs, turn them up, decorate the tree and sing your way into the festive spirit.
- Light the fire and snuggle up in front of a Christmas movie.
- Oven dry some orange slices, the house will smell amazing. Use the dried oranges as decorations around your home.
- Wrap up warm and go for an evening walk in town, soaking up the atmosphere with the lights, the hustle & bustle of shoppers and a cheeky hot chocolate or gingerbread latté.
- Partake in some Christmas crafts, perhaps make your own Christmas cards. It’s festive, relaxing and you have something pretty at the end of it.
- Relax by the tree with a Christmas themed book, getting lost in the pages of another’s festive season might just trigger your own festive feelings.
- Get your Christmas bake on! Make a batch of mince pies and gift some of them, or scoff the lot yourself!!
- Make some mulled wine or warm spiced cider; these drinks are Christmas in a glass!
- Go for a Christmas lights drive; a drive after dark to see houses lit up for Christmas.
There you go. What would you add to this list? What helps you bring our your festive feeling?