10 Fun Ways to Channel the Spirit of Christmas
Don’t lose your perspective of the true meaning behind Christmas during the holiday rush. Reset your Christmas cheer with these ten fun and easy ways to channel the spirit of Christmas.
The True Essence of Christmas
“Is the Spirit of Christmas real?” My four-year-old nephew asked. We just watched a claymation type Christmas special that portrayed the “Spirit of Christmas” as a man with long white hair, a matching beard, a deep belly laugh, along with a self-less spirit of loving-kindness.
Hmmm. Sounds awfully familiar to the Christmas rock star we know as Santa Claus doesn’t it?
My answer . . . “Yes Spencer, the Spirit of Christmas is real, and just like the spirit of giving that was demonstrated by St. Nicholas, the Christmas Spirit lives inside of each of our hearts. And what makes the Christmas Spirit alive and real is when you choose to share the magic of Christmas with another person.”
Did he understand? Well I am not sure, but it got me thinking. It’s very easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays and to allow the Christmas Spirit to get squashed by busy malls, scarce parking, as well as with all of the end of the year obligations driven by your job.
Why not let yourself off the hook this year and channel the Spirit of Christmas by embodying its essence? Interested? The following are 10 fun ways to get you started.
10 Fun and Easy Ways to Channel the Spirit of Christmas:
1. Set up a Christmas tree. You don’t have to be fancy, any tree will do no matter how big or small. Nothing shouts Christmas Spirit better than a Christmas tree brimming with bright lights and colorful ornaments. It’s the perfect reminder of the Christmas season, and evokes many wonderful memories of the Spirit of Christmas past.
2. Watch holiday movies and specials. There are a variety of new and classic Christmas themed movies to choose from, and many are just right for family viewing. Make your movie night extra special by including hot chocolate, spiced sugar plum pudding, cookies, or other similar holiday treats.
3. Listen to holiday music. Nothing can help you to channel the Spirit of Christmas faster than the sounds of Christmas music. From the classics sung by such musical notables as Nat King Cole, and Bing Crosby, to cross over Christmas tunes sung together by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, there is a music genre for everyone. Holiday music can be soft and mellow or upbeat, and what’s even better is that Christmas music can help you get into an instant holiday groove!
4. Make a Christmas countdown calendar. I don’t know about you, but for me this brings back huge childhood memories at Christmastime as my family counted down the 12 days before Christmas. My mother always put up a cloth type calendar and each new day on our countdown would also bring with it something fun to do, or eat! You can also make a Christmas countdown on your screensaver! As Christmas gets closer, and the days on your countdown calendar gets closer and closer, so does the anticipation of Christmas day!
5. Bake something yummy. The fragrant smells of holiday baking is contagious. Put your holiday spirit on by baking Christmas cookies, cakes, pies, bread, and any other tasty treats. Bake them for yourself and family, or share with your neighbors and coworkers. Christmas holidays is about giving and sharing, and sharing is caring.
6. Contact your family and friends the old fashion way – by telephone. It’s easy to forget that people need other people “with skin on”. Ditch texting and instead contact your friends and family via telephone and do something that will delight them . . . talk to them in person! Your voice can convey things that written words cannot, and for those in your family who are elderly, a simple phone call would undoubtedly be one of the best gifts you can give them this Christmas season.
7. Send out Christmas cards, or a Christmas letter. Sending and receiving Christmas cards is somewhat of a lost tradition. Revamp the tradition in your home this year by sending either Christmas cards, or a Christmas letter through snail mail. Mailing Christmas cards to your friends and family is a great way to channel the Spirit of Christmas and is always a fun, and welcome surprise to the card recipient.
8. Support your local animal rescue shelter. Don’t forget that channeling the Christmas Spirit doesn’t end with human folk; furry critters need our love and support too. Consider giving of your time, or other resources such as old towels, newspaper, cat or dog food, etc., or provide a generous monetary donation to your local animal rescue shelter. A little love here goes a very long way to keeping lost or abandoned animals safe and fed.
9. Give to a few charities of your choice. The holidays are a time of giving, and that is what the Christmas Spirit is all about. Give to a few charities that you absolutely love. There are thousands you can choose from. Don’t know where to start? Check out the national charity report directory at Give.org.
10. Donate to your local homeless shelter or food bank. Donate clothes, food, or your time to your local homeless shelter or food bank. The Christmas Spirit boils down to helping those who are in need. Help those in your own ‘backyard’ first by contributing your time or financial support to the local shelters for the homeless, women’s shelters, as well as to your local food pantries.
Remember, the holiday season is not about receiving, but about spreading lovingkindness wherever you go. An attitude of gratitude not only allows you to embody the Spirit of Christmas and allow it to live through you; but will also launch you into that expansive state of joie-de-vivre; wrapped up beautifully with peace, love, and goodwill to all.
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