As November draws closer, our thoughts turn to the festive season. While for many, the coming month will be a non-stop rollercoaster of excitement and anticipation, for some, the next 30 days will be filled with stress, anxiety, and even dread.
We’ve already talked about some things you can do if you don’t really feel like getting into the Christmas spirit, but here we’re going to talk about the run-up to the big day itself.
If your budget doesn’t allow for a particularly lavish Christmas this year, if you’ve grown tired of the tropes of the festive season or even if you feel like a change, there are a plethora of ways in which you can inject the coming of the festive season with a little more fun.
Here are just a few ideas to help get you started…
Start making some presents.
Who says that showing your family and friends that you love and care about them has to be cripplingly expensive?
Christmas should not be a time when we sacrifice to the gods of capitalism; it should be when we show our love and consideration to others.
If your bank balance is getting lean, now’s the perfect time to start making presents. You have plenty of lead time to hone your skills, get some materials and start crafting some gifts that your loved ones will treasure.
Adopt a “one for you, one for me” approach to gift giving
Christmas is a time for giving… But who says you can not give yourself gifts? If you feel you are missing out on all the generosity of the Christmas season, why not give a gift along the lines of “one for you, one for me”? Treat yourself to a new necklace from https://adinasjewels.com/ or maybe a new pair of shoes.
Nobody will judge you, and even if you don’t opt for a 1:1 ratio, nobody will judge you for getting yourself some treats as you do your festive shopping.
Get in touch with old friends.
The festive season is about more than gift-giving; it’s about making time for those closest to you. If you worry that Christmas has become too commercial and impersonal, why not take the time to buck that trend?
Pick up your phone and get in touch with some old friends. Don’t send Facebook messages or post anything on Twitter feeds. Talk to them on the phone or, better yet, speak to them in person. Sometimes a hug is the most beautiful gift you could give!
An experiment in the kitchen
Tired of turkey and the trimmings? Why not take some time to get experimental in the kitchen? If you’re bored with the season’s trappings, now’s the time to start experimenting in the kitchen to start consolidating your ideas for an alternative Christmas dinner. If you want to feel extra good about yourself, how about opting for a meat-free Christmas dinner?
Even if you’re not the biggest fan that Christmas ever had, there are plenty of ways in which you can enjoy the run-up!