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.