With so many events constantly rotating in national and international news, (I’ll spare you the reminder,) more than enough people are having a hard time finding the Holiday Spirit. Even if you’re not religious, the Holiday Spirit is a feeling, a sense, a joyful reminder for the new year to come. Moving into the new year with a bad attitude is the worst way you’d want to start afresh. Here’s a few cheap, but wealthy tips on how to get you into the Holiday Spirit for some December celebration!
1. Make a funky playlist
It doesn’t have to be full of Christmas music, we all know that will be played out enough on the week of. Put together a tracklist filled with your favorite, most uplifting songs you know. What do you listen to when you’re searching for peace? What makes you dance? Whose voice calms you or makes you blush? Jam it on your ipod, in your car or on the job and see how much it makes a difference!
2. Bring a smile to someone’s face
Sometimes making someone else’s day is the best way to jump-start your own. It doesn’t have to be a diamond ring (although I would never discourage this). It’s the thought that counts. Going the “cheapest” way is often times the sweetest way. When’s the last time you created a home-made card? Baked a birthday cake? Or just set up an unexpected night of games, movies, and quality time? Be creative!
3. Make Decorating Enjoyable!
If you REALLY want to get in the holiday spirit, whether it’s for Kwanzaa, Christmas, or Hanukkah. Make it a fun trip to buy candles, a tree, or gifts. Dollar stores often-times have great (AND CHEAP!) decorations. Throw in an old Christmas CD like Nat King Cole, or spice up the new year with Justin Bieber. At the end, you’ll have a beautiful setting for your family and friends to compliment on!
4. Write a List
Reflect on your year. Make a list of the thing’s you’re most proud of over-coming, vibrant memories of those you’ve lost, goals you achieved, compliments you’ve received or just your favorite moments and memories of the past eleven months. If you wind up feeling that you’ve had more pain than happiness, instead make it more of a reason to take on this new year in a new light! Make a list of long-term and short-term goals. Start with a simple one that you can achieve in January, and move on from there. Remember to be thankful for the times past and grateful for the boundless possibilities to come!
5. Reach Out
Get off the internet and call a friend or family member you haven’t talked to in a while. Maybe you’ve been meaning to say “sorry,” or tell them “I love you.” It’s never too late, and now’s a better chance than ever. In the month of December, as many people recall and reminisce, a lot of times regret comes into play. Whether you may be the one in regret or regretted, take the initial step to start the new year with a clean slate. Even if you’re not forgiven, or if you’re not sure you’re ready to forgive, put your emotions on the line. No matter the outcome, be relieved that your conscious is free. Reboot, Refresh, Restart.
Now’s the time to Get Up, Get Out and Do Something! Free of Charge!
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