It’s mid-November and the holiday countdown has officially launched. Festive colors are everywhere and the stores are filled with everything Christmas. The last few years have been hard on us emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and physically. We may feel a little knocked down and have lost a bit of that zeal that ignited our joy, dreams, and goals. But, the holiday season can always bring us out of our funk. With a renewed and eupeptic attitude and a willing heart, we can make our environment cheerful and bright. Sometimes we just need a humble reminder. Here are a few fun, festive and frugal ways we can change the ambient vibe in our homes and infuse it with the holiday spirit.
There is nothing like the aroma of holiday spices permeating your home. Cookies of all kinds are loved and eaten during the holidays. Soft and chewy and mouth-watering sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, shortbread cookies, cranberry cookies, peanut butter cookies, chocolate chip cookies, crinkle cookies, peppermint cookies with some of them topped with royal icing and decorative sprinkles! Celebrate your favorite recipes and include your family in the making and baking process! This is where magic and memories are created!
Listening and rocking to some holiday tunes is a cheerful way to change your mood. They may spark some nostalgic and fond memories and make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Create a playlist of your favorite festive songs and jingle all the way.
Christmas stories are full of joy, magic, and wonder. They’re warm and snuggly and spark our imagination. They also invite us to daydream and make us truly believe in the holiday spirit. Importantly, these stories also inspire us to reflect on what matters like showing love, fostering kindness, and encouraging us to give from our hearts. Most of us have lots of holiday-inspired storybooks that we can revisit and enjoy reading together with our children and grandchildren. Bring them out and create more magical moments.
I love holiday movies. They uplift our spirit, reduce stress, and allow us to be kids again. Don those flannel holiday plaids, make some hot chocolate and a big bowl of popcorn, cuddle up in a cozy blanket and enjoy a marathon of festive flicks!
Gather your family and craft supplies and create your own Christmas cards. Kids can personalize each card with their creativity and imagination. Get stickers, sprinkles, sparkles and glitter, festive colored confetti, and different colored markers to customize your cards. Share a classic holiday poem or express your thoughts with your own words of love. It’s fun and a great way to spend time with your family.
There is no need to spend lots of money on holiday garland when you can make your own at home. You just need a few simple ingredients and supplies and a joyful spirit. Get some thread, popcorn and cranberries. Thread them on the string in your own specific pattern and hang them on your stairs, on the mantle, or around your tree. It looks stunning and will fill your home with the holiday spirit.