What do you look forward to most during the Holidays?
Christmas used to be 'made' for me by my Mom, now she is gone. Even though I have kids and Grandkids I'm having a hard time getting in 'The Spirit' of things. Your tips will be most helpful!
The games that we play after Christmas dinner. In our family we always play either a game of Scrabble, or Monopoly, or Pictionary or some such thing. The whole family, however much they complain is forced to participate and it always turns into a wonderful, fun time.
I love choosing gifts for others and then watching them open the gift. There is something so full about giving with a heart full of love that makes the season the brightest for me!
My Mum is no longer here either and physically I wish she was. She would be in her glory with the 6 grandchildren she now has - and probably spoil them rotten. But she is here, in spirit. Of course I can't prove that scientifically, but it's been proven to me on a personal level and that's all I need.
My best is just watching the faces of the kids and the dogs - itsn't it amazing how dogs and kids gee each other up? Maybe niether fully understand the 'true' meaning of Christmas, whatever that is, but their honest happiness and sheer energy is addictive!
All of this does bring back memories of course, both happy and sad. So Christmas is probably bitter-sweet for most of us. I think one tip that might help, I know it does for me - don't feel that because you haven't got a permanent grin on your face or that you are not ecstatic about Christmas looming that you are not in the spirit. Christmas is and should be a family time we all know that, but it is also a personal time. Being human we rarely feel 100% happy, that is part of what being a person is, and the bag is always a mixed one, you can't just switch feelings off just because it's Christmas. Accept how you feel, accept that it is natural and you won't find the prospect of Christmas so daunting. Love and best wishes!
I always look forward to the excitement of the children. They know when Thanksgiving is near that the tree will be going up soon. They start singing Christmas carols and watching Christmas shows on television. That kind of joy and excitement is enough to get anyone in the spirit of Christmas. That is what I look forward to the most.
Decorations are a great way to jump start your holiday mood. I put up my Christmas decorations while listening to Christmas music. I also like to bake cookies.
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