Happy 1st of December, everyone!! The final month of 2019 has arrived and that means it’s a countdown to Christmas. That being said, Christmas is not always the best time of year. You could have lost a family member or friend, it could be your first without your loved ones, you may be in hospital for it or you might not have the funds to celebrate like everyone else.
I’ll be real with you…I have honestly found it difficult to get into the Christmas spirit.
Growing up, you tend to lose all that magic and sparkle it once had or that was what happened to me. I still loved receiving gifts from my mum and family, but I loved giving! Seeing my mum and friends looking happy with their gift made everything fun.
Now that I’ve no-one to celebrate Christmas with anymore, it becomes very easy to lose any Christmas spirit you had. That or you don’t celebrate it at all. For anyone reading this that doesn’t celebrate because of religious reasons or personal choice, I hope you have a great month anyway!
For those of you do, I’m going to see if I can ignite some festiveness along with you.
Take your time
Feeling festive isn’t a ginormous thing.
It can be as big or as small as you want it to be, depending on how you’re feeling at the moment. You don’t have to compare what you do to others. I didn’t celebrate at all the year Mum died because I didn’t know how I could. Last year I managed to pop up a tree and wrapped up a few presents and this year? I’m not sure. I’m not feeling overly festive yet and I might not feel it all.
Everyone is different.
Watch Christmas films
This is something I’m planning to do this month and I’m somewhat excited for it!
I can’t watch all the family ones because it’s harder to watch something you can’t have. The more fantasy ones I can do such as the Christmas Princess series and the classics such as Home Alone and Muppets’ Christmas Carol! I know how they will go and they don’t feel as real. Netflix have some fun ones I’m planning to watch over the next few years such as:
- Holiday Rush
- The Littlest Reindeer
- A Christmas Story: A Christmas Wish
- Let It Snow
- Merry Happy Whatever
I still get the warm feelings and the fun and that’s what the Christmas spirit feels like to me.
Listen/dance to Christmas songs
This is on my Christmas bucket list of stuff to do during December!
I’ve managed to avoid majority of the festive songs that I love (which is hard when you go into shops) so, now that it’s December, I’m cracking out all the tunes! Some that my parents brought me up on and other cheesy ones that I’ve added to my list! What is your list of favourite songs? Don’t judge me:
- I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day – Wizzard
- Merry Xmas (War Is Over) – John Lennon & Yoko Ono
- Stop The Cavalry – Jona Lewie
- Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bell Ends) – The Darkness
- Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade
I’ve been listening to these songs for years and years especially Wizzard and Slade and they always bring a smile to my face! That and I always thought the guy singing was secretly my uncle since he had a beard and was from Birmingham too! They don’t make songs like they used to.
Grab yourself an advent calendar
Ooof, someone really cranked out the advent calendars this year!
You name a thing and I bet there is a calendar for it! I’ve definitely noticed the influx of Harry Potter ones this year which is awesome but makes me sad that I can’t get them all. Thanks to my incredible twin Ali, she sent me an early gift in the form of the Lego Harry Potter calendar and I’m so excited!! I’ve never had a non-chocolate one before so this is making me feel like such a big kid!
I’ve also been watching a lot of advent calendar reviews from Lady Writes and they sound so good!!
Maybe I’ll start saving up now for one next year!
Start a new tradition
A lot of indecision comes from focusing on what my Christmases used to be like to what they are now. I’m making it a small thing to create my own kind of special day. Yes, it won’t be like what I had in the past, but that doesn’t mean I can’t create something new. I’m not going out buying lots of new stuff and being crazy. That would drive my anxiety way up.
All I’m doing to start this is buying an ornament.
I’ve had my eyes on the Hufflepuff ornament from the WB Studio Tour London so I’m going to buy myself that next for my tree.
Every year after this, I’ll buy another Potter ornament to add to my tree until it’s a nerdy paradise!
Whatever you choose to do this month, I’m only a blog away if you ever need a chat or if you need a distraction.
How are you guys doing to kickstart your Christmas spirit?