I admitted on Monday that I am in the holiday spirit, but I know for some of us that may not be the case. Maybe you have a pretty gnarly case of SAD with all of the snow and cold that we’ve been having (pretty sure we are getting the winter that we didn’t really have last year) or maybe work, life, money or relationships have you down and you’re struggling to find that inner spirit. I get it, we’ve all been there.
Believe it or not, in the world of there’s a holiday for everything, today is actually HUMBUG day and as the (likely somewhat annoying) girl who is feeling the holiday spirit, I wanted to offer some suggestions to pull yourself out of that funk and find your inner holiday spirit, regardless of what you celebrate.
Watch a Christmas movie
You should have seen this coming after Monday’s post but seriously, all it takes is a cute Christmas movie and my heart is nearly exploding with Christmas and love. Maybe you need a little nostalgia so you go for a childhood favorite or maybe you just need a good old classic and you break out the ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’
I get it if you’re feeling strapped financially but whether it be $5 or 10 cents to a Salvation Army donation pot, it’s something. Maybe instead of finances, you donate time and ring the bell for one of the Salvation Army pots. Or you could volunteer at your local shelter or food bank. My apartment complex is doing a Toys for Tots drive so I donated a few toys. Each year, my employer gives us a gift card to our company stores to spend. I got a couple things for myself that I had been eyeing, but spent the rest on toys to donate. When I picked up the box from the apartment office yesterday, I asked for a scissors, cut open the box and handed the toys right over. My heart was bursting.
Baking Christmas cookies is a long-standing tradition in my family and even though I don’t have a full day of baking with my family anymore, turning on some Christmas tunes and dancing around the kitchen as I bake always seems to do the trick! Check out some of these delicious cookie ideas.
Sit by the tree
I’m sure this seems kind of silly, but the twinkly colorful lights on the tree just set a tone that I can’t deny. Add some Christmas music or a movie, a cup of cocoa or tea and I’m sure the moment will change.
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How do you get in the holiday spirit when you’re feeling like Scrooge?