I am so excited I can barely contain myself. Christmas is so close that I can almost taste the candy canes! All of my plans for lighting the house are carefully laid out and I have the kids organizing the lights in the garage. There is so much to do that I barely had time to dig out all of my Christmas clothes. It really is a festive time of year.
It seems really sad to me that there are so many people out there who feel that Christmas is a reason to be stressed and unhappy. Christmas time should make memories that last a lifetimes based on the love you have for your family and the joy you get from sharing that love with one another. Stress and unhappiness have no place in a holiday like this, but I can understand to a certain degree the reasons people might feel this way. Christmas is a lot of work, to be sure. Perhaps a few tips are in order if you are one of these folks who have trouble finding happiness in Christmas.
Why not start with the place you see most? If your house retains the same look and feel as it does all year long, how can you expect to feel any different either? Burn some candles that carry the scents of Christmas, like nutmeg and spruce. Put your tree up early so that you can admire it longer and bask in its warm glow. It won’t take long for you to find that a few festive decorations really make Christmas seem more intimate and real.
Time after time when people comment on how cheerful I am during the Christmas holidays, I get the same comment: “Well, you must not have to deal with your family.” What is that supposed to mean, anyway? Of course I deal with family during Christmas! Everyone does! Letting the stress of family relationship problems bring you down to the point where you don’t enjoy yourself is ridiculous. Work out your problems before it gets too late. Your family wants to be happy as much as you do, so you may find the task easier than you think.
Getting your house ready and your family problems taken care of are the hardest tasks you’ll probably face, but you’re not quite done yet. Now you have to worry about yourself! These tasks are meant to bring you closer to a Christmas-like state of being, but that won’t happen if you don’t act the part. The easiest way to do this is to buy yourself some Christmas shirts. It is easy, cheap, and you’ll find that dressing the part helps you get into character. It will be no time at all before you’re humming carols while you wrap presents to lie under the tree.