The festive season has only just begun. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t still time to make it special this year. Here are 8 ways to make the festive season feel more special than ever before this Christmas and New Year. Read More
1) Have an eco-friendly holiday
While it may be tempting to pull out all of your big and bright holiday decorations, you should resist. That’s because even eco-friendly holiday décor uses tons of energy over its lifetime. If you really want to take your festive season up a notch. Try creating a new tradition that’s both festive and eco-friendly. A simple winter solstice or Christmas party at home with friends and family. Is a great way for everyone involved to celebrate their favorite holidays. While also protecting Mother Earth at least once each year.
2) Pick out a meaningful gift
Find that one special gift that you’re sure they’ll love. It could be a picture frame, or a new pair of gloves. Or perhaps something more practical such as their favourite cereal—whatever it is. Make sure it’s a treat for both of you. The act of giving something thoughtful says I’m thinking about you and makes us feel like we’re making memories together. That feeling is really important in any type of relationship and no matter how close we are with our friends and family—the festive season reminds us that spending time with people we love makes every day feel extra special.
3) Set the right tone
The festive season can sometimes be one of anxiety, stress and pressure. What better way to end your year than by making sure that you’re looking after yourself and those around you during what is a time for all things joyous, merry and bright? By putting in place some basic self-care measures and being on top of family planning during December, you can make sure everyone has a happy holiday. Here are 8 ways we’re doing it.
4) Give early
The festive season is an important time of year for many families. For some, it’s a joyous celebration filled with friends and family; for others, it can be a stressful time of gift giving and pressure. If you find yourself dreading every year, consider giving something to those closest to you early in December. Take your loved ones out for lunch or do a nice home-cooked meal; even just an afternoon spent together will be a meaningful present they’ll appreciate all season long.
5) Spend quality time with loved ones
The festive season is one of my favorite times of year. When I was growing up. It was a time for us to get together with family and friends and celebrate life in all its glory. There’s just something special about having people you love around you that adds a unique warmth to everything. I believe we can bring some of that warmth back into our lives throughout the year by being mindful about who we spend time with—specifically, spending quality time with those we love. So, here are 8 tips on how you can make time with loved ones more special
6) Get into the spirit of giving
The festive season can be a tough time of year for many people. It can be a time when long-held traditions feel threatened by changing times, or an opportunity to enjoy getting together with family and friends. Whichever side of Christmas you find yourself on, it’s always worth trying to see things from a new perspective. Take some steps that make you feel involved in your community or interested in what others are doing at Christmas – it doesn’t have to involve much effort. But can do wonders for your happiness at Christmastime.
7) Shop local
I’m encouraging everyone to shop local for Christmas gifts. I did it last year and, not only was it fun. But it was also a great way to reconnect with friends and family during that festive season. We live in a wonderful time, when technology allows us to contact loved ones from all over quickly. Social media has allowed us give people all over the world a glimpse into our lives by sharing photos,. Videos or updates on what we’re doing. But sometimes those updates can be impersonal and online interactions are no substitute for old-fashioned face-to-face talks. Shopping locally is another great way of getting back in touch with loved ones who may have moved away or live further away than you think they do.
8) Be kind on social media
Now that we’re in the holiday season. It can be all too easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing and lose sight of what really matters. When we compare ourselves to others or try and measure up in some way. We tend to put pressure on ourselves—and that’s not fun for anyone. Take a little time each day during December (when it’s probably at its busiest) to focus on being kind. If you spot someone being nice, let them know with a comment or share! The festive season is about connecting with people—make sure you do it right by surrounding yourself with positive people and activities.