Celebrate the Christmas Season with More Joy this Year

Christmas only comes once a year, but for many of us, that first chime of the sleigh bells or festive song on the radio can be enough to instill a growing sense of panic. If the thought of Thanksgiving doesn’t make you thankful, or buying the Christmas tree out doesn’t bring much joy, we suggest a few simple strategies that will help you make light of the holiday season.

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Apply your time management skills

Maybe you feel that you simply don’t have the time to make all the necessary preparations and arrangements? In which case, you might want to take a look at your time management skills in both your personal and professional life.

Prioritize tasks and allocate time to those, look at areas in your life where you could possibly delegate tasks to others. If you run a household for example, does it really need to be you that does all the shopping? Fixes all the meals? Can your partner or kids get more involved in buying things like the Christmas decorations? If you make a list, plan and tick off a task when you’ve completed it, you might find that it helps you become more organized in other areas of your life too.

Let’s face it, Thanksgiving and Christmas are regular fixtures on the calendar so they shouldn’t come as a surprise. Planning ahead will enable you to see what you need to do and when things need to be done by: signing off a project at work, buying gifts, even getting the Thanksgiving turkey in!

Re-connect with loved ones

Many people believe that, as the golden orange of fall gives way to the harsh cold and darkness of winter, this is also the time for us to retreat and reflect. If this time of the year doesn’t fill you with happiness, then use this period of reflection to work out why.

In this supposed time of goodwill to all men, it can be difficult to acknowledge that you’re a little lonely. Maybe you don’t have so many family or friends, or they live too far away for you to visit? In which case, resolve to reach out and become more personable. Get involved in charity or voluntary work, join an adult education class, look at this time as an opportunity for you to look at ways where you can broaden your social circle.

Get creative with your giving

Finally, maybe you feel that you simply don’t have the dollars to celebrate or buy gifts for people this year. Not a problem; instead of buying into consumerism, look around you and see what gifts you can make for people for free. Nature can be a wonderful source of materials, pictures can be made from collages, paintings from very little. Try to give people unique and individual low – and no – cost gifts this Christmas. With a bit of reflection, this time of year needn’t be the time when you act like an ostrich at the first sight of turkey!

The Best Christmas Gathering


Christmas is a major holiday for many people. If you are planning on having a Christmas gathering, you will need to make sure that you have proper decorations and food. As far as the food is concerned, ham, turkey, and even chicken is a common dish. You can serve whatever you desire, but make sure that you have something that all of your guests eat so that no one is left out.

Christmas dinnerware is also a plus. Red, green, white or clear glasses will make your table look excellent for your special holiday gathering. Christmas themed utensils are also a plus in this situation.