BY EDDY TAIT
It’s that time of year again… CHRISTMAS!
Okay. Hands up, who has a love/hate relationship with that word? Or perhaps the holiday excitement also carries a little baggage? Christmas can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. It’s a time of giving, family, ending the year, holidays, fairy lights, Santa and reindeer (if you believe) and spending money on all of these things.
Amongst my friends, I have noticed a push back against the consumerism culture created around Christmas. A trend is emerging with the desire to get more hands on and be creative with our giving, as we note the impact that buying stuff has on our environment. Not to mention the pure joy you feel when receiving or giving a thoughtful, hand made present.
I have identified some important factors around what I think makes a good Christmas and come up my top 12 tips for how to make this Christmas creative and freakin’ AWESOME!
This is your opportunity to pull out that jazzy number hiding away in the back of your wardrobe. Wearing something bright and sparkly can make you feel special and provide situations you wouldn’t normally find yourself. Dressing up can also have a butterfly effect, you might be surprised at how many people you influence.
It doesn’t have to be carols or Christmas music, but having some beats or jingles in the background can really amp up the festive vibes!
There is nothing more heart (and tummy) warming than some good ol’ fashioned home cooking.
When was the last time you received a letter in the mail?
Friends and pets are family too, people!
Tinsel and fairy lights. You don’t have to buy them, just observe how beautiful they are!
Eat, but remember to breathe in-between each mouthful. And don’t throw out the scraps, feed them to your pet or offer them to your single neighbour.
Say ‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘Happy Holidays’ to a stranger. It feels nice, and is an easy way to pass on cheer and goodwill.
Let’s be honest, this time of year is exhausting. Take 10 minutes for yourself, close your eyes and smell the festive spices.
Simple as that. Create space in your life for the festivities in front of you.
Buy an extra coffee, and ask the barista to wish the next guest a Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays.
Make something from scratch – check out the Pinterest board I put together to prompt your festive creations.
Happy Holidays everyone!