With the holiday season in full swing we sometimes miss the little joys, and feelings we used to have when we were children. We are planning, baking, wrapping, and buying the holiday season away. Wometimes in the hustle and bustle we miss feeling the holiday spirit.
You know what I am talking about, that little feeling of joy and excitement that grew till it exploded on Christmas Day or the first day of Hanukkah. The feeling that children have to open presents, that leads them to waking up at 6am to do it. The unexpected gifts and acts of kindness that occur during this time, because a feeling of gratitude, joy, and peace are present.
I don't get that feeling every year and I have to remind myself to actually take steps to nurture it. I have to be purposeful with my acts of kindness and thoughtful with my words and gifts. It can be challenging, but it is those acts that help nurture the holiday spirit. It is really participating in the goofy holiday traditions, or activities that make the holiday spirit spring out of you.
When we are able to start thinking and seeing things like we did when we were children, excitement is more easily attainable. Every little holiday activity had the potential for fun, treats, or presents. So, bring out your inner child to help you enjoy this holiday. It will help nurture your soul and lighten the load this time of year can bring.
Here are a list of some ideas to nurture the holiday spirit in you.
1. Listen to holiday music. Make sure to listen to some of the oldies that you used to listen to when you were a kid.
2. Snuggle up in front of the fire place.
3. Ice skating.
4. Drive around neighborhoods to look at peoples lights, and decorations.
5. Invite someone you know who is lonely over for a holiday meal, or party.
6. Visit elderly relatives who aren't as mobile.
7. Do an act of community service with your family.
8. Drink hot chocolate with a candy cane in it.
9. Burn cinnamon and pine needle candles or incense.
10. Go caroling or sing a long to holiday music.
11. Watch holiday movies.
12. Take a walk in the cold with friends and family, enjoying a hot drink.
13. Bake holiday treats: cookies, fudge, popcorn, chocolate bark, or chocolate covered fruit.
14. Go see holiday plays, musicals, or dances, like the Nut Cracker.
15. People watch in a busy shopping area, with the hustle and bustle.
16. Have holiday candy.
17. Eat traditional holiday food.
18. Send holiday cards to friends and family.
19. Make New Years resolutions.
20. Decorate your house.
21. Build a gingerbread house. While they can be tedious, if you keep a lighthearted mood to it, they can bring lots of laughs.
22. If you have snow, go out in it!
23. Participate in any family traditions. It will take you back to when you were a kid.
24. Go to church, church plays, or choir performances for the holiday.
25. Throw a holiday themed party.
I hope this helps you get back the feeling you had as child. What do you do to feel the holiday spirit during this time of year?
P.S. Follow the children. They have the holiday spirit without much help. Do whatever they want to do. You are sure to have fun and see why they have so much holiday spirit.