holiday cheer

With the holiday season in full swing, many of us (myself included) are in full cheer mode. I personally celebrate Christmas and nothing makes me happier than embracing the spirit of the season.

Holiday lights, Christmas music, and festive movies all make me giddy. But there is a fine line between enjoying and embracing the holiday season and shoving it down the throats of anyone in a 10 mile radius.

So, here are some helpful hints on how to spread joy and holiday cheer this season, without being totally obnoxious.

Do some good. There’s no better way to celebrate the season of giving than to do just that: give back! There are tons of ways to give back during the holiday season, it’s actually hard to avoid it.

Pick up a toy and donate it to a local kid’s drive. Volunteer at a shelter or soup kitchen that’s providing much-needed sanctuary as the weather gets colder. Bake all of your favorite Christmas treats and give them coworkers and neighbors. Leave a generous tip at one of your favorite restaurants. The holiday season is a perfect excuse to spread the love this winter!

Include the kids. There’s a reason enthusiastic people are described as being “like kids at Christmas”! If you don’t have little ones of your own, volunteer to watch your nieces or nephews, or offer a friend or co-worker your babysitting services. The adults will love the time alone and there’s a good chance the rugrats be down to celebrate the season of Santa.

It’s the perfect opportunity to share (and indulge in) all of your favorite kid-friendly holiday activities! Watch the claymation videos from your childhood, make your own christmas crafts and have a carol singalong.

Send handwritten cards. There are a million different websites where you can customize your own holiday cards. But if you’re not ready to send out a picture of your pretty face to 200 of your closest friends, try sending a handful of personal holiday greetings to a special few.

Whether you’re wishing them positivity in the new year or thoughts of appreciation, you’re unique note will be sure to stand out and put a smile on their face this season.

Take an interest in someone else’s story. Everyone has their own memories and traditions associated with this time of year, whether they celebrate the same holiday as you or not. Ask someone else how they spend this time of year. It’s always enlightening to learn about other customs or traditions, but you may even be surprised at how different your sister or dad sees this time of year.

Ask your relatives about their childhood holiday celebrations or chat with your boss at the holiday party what traditions she’s looking forward to passing onto her kids. So many people feel so passionately about how they spend this time of year. Sharing stories like this is a great way to get to know someone a little better.

Attend holiday events. While your fellow shoppers may find it annoying when you start singing holiday carols off-key in the produce section, there are plenty of events where you’ll feel right at home.

With a little Google detective work, you’ll be sure to find all sorts of events where you can really let your holiday cheer run wild. Skating rinks, tree-lighting ceremonies and winter carnivals are are popping up like crazy. As a bonus, you’ll probably find a great opportunity to support your local economy and meet some new people!

There’s nothing wrong with embracing the spirit of the holiday season. In fact, this time of year is a great opportunity to turn that excitement and energy into positivity instead of obnoxiousness. The bottom line: don’t force your ideas or feelings onto anyone else. Be kind and thoughtful throughout this holiday season and beyond! 

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