More info on getting into the Christmas Spirit…

Christmas is supposed to be a time of peace, love and goodwill to all. But with all the stress and commotion of the season, many of us end up feeling more like Mr. Scrooge than Santa Claus.
STEP 1: Shop early. Nothing takes away the Christmas spirit like fighting for parking and struggling through crowds.
STEP 2: Wish people that you meet in stores and other casual environments a happy holiday. Say it with a smile.
STEP 3: Drop spare coins in the Salvation Army collection buckets.
STEP 4: Do something nice for someone. Offer to baby-sit so a friend can do her Christmas shopping, take cookies to your neighbors, or shovel an elderly neighbor’s walk.
STEP 5: Volunteer your time to a worthy holiday cause. Even if you are busy, you can spare an hour or two to help people less fortunate than yourself.
STEP 6: Organize a drive at work or in your neighborhood. Collect food and personal items and donate them to a local shelter for the homeless or for battered women.
STEP 7: Play Christmas music.
STEP 8: Watch Christmas movies. “It’s a Wonderful Life” is a good one for reviving a flagging Christmas spirit, as is “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
STEP 9: Read “A Christmas Carol” and “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.”
STEP 10: Decorate your house for the holidays.
STEP 11: Don’t spend more money than you have. Anxiety over after-Christmas bills can ruin your holiday.

Tips & Warnings

The true holiday spirit is about love and kindness, not materialism and shopping. Do your best not to get caught up in the latter.

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One Comment

  1. Erin said:

    Thank goodness I got most of mine done early this year. The areas near the malls are already swamped and it is a little too much to bear. Most last minute items I tend to get online, just because it is worth it to pay the extra $4-$5 for shipping, rather than curse at the parking, curse at the people, and tear your hair out. Unfortunately we did not do a lot of decorating because it’s all in storage and not worth getting out. We did put up a small tree and I would like to get one garland to put over our fireplace… just something so that it feels like Christmas for David when I am gone. But we have found that simplification is the way to a happy holiday. We are enjoying ourselves so far… much better than last year. This may change as we get closer though.

    December 6, 2006

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