4 Tips to Get in the Holiday Spirit

The holidays are a magical time of joy and celebrations.  The season reminds of what’s important and encourages making more time for family.  Unfortunately, life doesn’t always respect that notion.  Whether you are dealing with money problems, sick children, or marriage troubles, sometimes it can be hard to get in the holiday spirit.  The stress and pain of your circumstances make it hard to put on the brave face and deck the halls.  If this is you this year, here are 4 tips to get in the holiday spirit.

 

Here are 4 tips to help you get in the holiday spirit if you're struggling to find cheer this year amidst existing life stress.

 

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Remember What the Season is About

First and foremost, you have been given the amazing gift of forgiveness through Christ.  That is the best gift that you could ever receive.  Sometimes when you are struggling it helps to remember this beautiful truth.  Secondly, if you have children it is important to remember that they don’t understand the issues going on in your life.  They do notice your mood and they will definitely notice if you’re having trouble not getting the tree up this year.

 

Here are 4 tips to help you get in the holiday spirit if you're struggling to find cheer this year amidst existing life stress.

Put up Your Decorations

It may be the last thing you feel like doing but it can be beneficial to force yourself to put up your decorations.  Having the décor surround you can actually help to lift your mood.  It can be especially beneficial to infuse comforting holiday scents that you enjoy.

To help make the process easier, get the kids involved.  True, your tree probably won’t have the meticulously designed look that it has when you do it but the creativity your kids will show can also help improve your spirits.  Trust me; there is something hilarious about a 7 foot tree decorated by kids less than 4 feet tall.  Your kids will also love having control over such an iconic part of your holidays.

Write It Out

Instead of sending out cards this year, write heartfelt letters to friends and family.  Don’t just give an update on your life and kids.  Focus on the recipient and write with the express intention of giving them joy during this sometimes stressful season.  Purposefully uplifting others also helps to boost your own mood.  It is an excellent way to spread joy and love whilst also benefiting you.

Another way to write it out is to use a free-form journal.  This is a great tool to help you work through pain, worry, and frustration that you may be feeling.  There are tips for how to use this journal on the tutorial but for this specific instance I recommend mutilating the page after you have written out your feelings.  Physically destroying the words you’ve written can be very cathartic and help you move on.

 

Here are 4 tips to help you get in the holiday spirit if you're struggling to find cheer this year amidst existing life stress.

Take a Personal Day

Once of the best things you can do for yourself during times of stress is to take a personal day.  Take a day off to do something that is completely unrelated to the holidays.  If you need ideas, here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • See a movie
  • Read a book you’ve been putting off
  • Get pampered at the spa
  • Get to the gym
  • Take a hike
  • Check out free classes being offered in your area

The most important thing to remember is to do it alone.  You may be tempted to ask a friend or your spouse but this will be most effective done on your own.  We are never truly ourselves until we are alone and it is important to have some alone time to recharge.

These 4 tips to get in the holiday spirit can help you turn your holiday around but also know that there is nothing wrong with you if you are struggling this year.  It is normal for the pressure of the holidays to exacerbate the issues that you are already facing.  If you are having a hard time, it is okay to take the time to mope and wallow (as long as you set a specific amount of time in which to do so).  Once you have, choose to fake it ‘til you make it, as they say.  This can be powerful and you will wake up one morning and realize you are not faking it anymore.

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  • That is wonderful! I’m glad you and your husband are celebrating new beginnings and traditions this year. Merry Christmas!

  • Great tips! I agree with making it personal and doing what you want.

  • Great tips! I agree with making it personal and doing what you want.

  • Great list! I love the idea of taking off from work and really enjoying the day to pamper myself.

    • Pampering yourself can do wonders this time of year. I hope you enjoy your personal day!

  • Rocio Chavez

    Yes, self care is so important, especially during hectic times like the holidays! Great tips, thanks

    • Thanks for stopping by, Rocio! I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

  • Dia

    I really enjoyed this list. For me my annual Christmas party was yesterday and thats really when I start getting into the spirit when planning and prepping that. i also think that the personal letter thing is a great idea instead of just a generic letter. This year I made custom mugs for my friends as a thank you for being there yet another year with me. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season

    • Custom mugs sound so sweet! What a thoughtful gift for your friends. Have a wonderful and joyful holiday!

    • Custom mugs sound so sweet! What a thoughtful gift for your friends. Have a wonderful and joyful holiday!

  • Dia

    I really enjoyed this list. For me my annual Christmas party was yesterday and thats really when I start getting into the spirit when planning and prepping that. i also think that the personal letter thing is a great idea instead of just a generic letter. This year I made custom mugs for my friends as a thank you for being there yet another year with me. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season

  • Shann Eva

    I love the idea of writing personal letters rather than just sending cards. I think that would put me in the holiday mood for sure. Thanks!

  • Shann Eva

    I love the idea of writing personal letters rather than just sending cards. I think that would put me in the holiday mood for sure. Thanks!

    • You’re welcome! Your friends and family will love getting them! Thank you so kuch for stopping by.

    • You’re welcome! Your friends and family will love getting them! Thank you so kuch for stopping by.

  • Nicoleta Dragoi

    This year, I lacked the festive spirit, so maybe this might help get into things again! It’s sad, when I think of how obsessed I used to be with Christmas, haha!

  • Nicoleta Dragoi

    This year, I lacked the festive spirit, so maybe this might help get into things again! It’s sad, when I think of how obsessed I used to be with Christmas, haha!

    • I hope you can start feeling better soon. I’m struggling this year too. Must be something in the water. 😉

    • I hope you can start feeling better soon. I’m struggling this year too. Must be something in the water. 😉

  • I love this. So often people forget that it is about CHRIST!!!!! CHRISTmas 🙂 . lol not santa or elves… although that is fun. It’s not the main message. Great post!
    Danielle Greco – AccordingtoD.com

    • Thank you! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

    • Thank you! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  • I love this. So often people forget that it is about CHRIST!!!!! CHRISTmas 🙂 . lol not santa or elves… although that is fun. It’s not the main message. Great post!
    Danielle Greco – AccordingtoD.com

  • These are great tips! Especially the personal day one… LOL. I found that even just burning a holiday scented candle, or plugging in my peppermint wallflower thing helped.

    • You should absolutely take a personal day periodically anyway! Hope you get to enjoy some R&R soon!

    • You should absolutely take a personal day periodically anyway! Hope you get to enjoy some R&R soon!