So I took a walk to our local corner shop this morning to buy some milk and orange juice and I noticed that most of the houses I passed on my walk already have their Christmas decorations up – it’s only the 27 November!
Normally all the wreaths and sparkly lights put a smile on my face, but I’ll be honest, I’m just not feeling it this year!
2021 has gone by in a blur, I’m really feeling the fact that I haven’t been able to get out of the country and go somewhere hot for over 2 years now (our last trip abroad was July 2019 BC – yup, that’s Before COVID) and now the days are shorter and the weather colder I just want to hibernate.
I’m not one to do that though so I started to think about what I could do to get myself in the mood for Christmas and these were the ideas I came up with (that didn’t involve jumping up in to the loft to get the Christmas decs out before the month of Christmas).
- Listen to some Christmas music – I mean it may be too early to get the Christmas tree out in my book, but you can’t help but feel a bit Christmassy if you’re listening to some Christmas tunes! Who doesn’t love a bit of cheesy Rocking around the Christmas Tree?
- Make a Christmas List of gifts you would like – whether you’re making a list to give other people ideas for what to buy you, or whether you’re planning to treat yourself, its nice to spend some time thinking about what you want.
- Take a trip to see some Christmas lights near where you live – if you’re not ready to put your own decs up yet, take a trip out and look and some of the big displays. London always looks beautiful at this time of year!
- Look at some old Christmas photos – a bit of nostalgia might just be what you need to get yourself in the mood!
- Watch a Christmas movie or two – I’ve been hearing about A Boy Called Christmas on the radio all week and seeing posts about Christmas Again on insta so I’m looking forward to checking those out this year. Last year we enjoyed The Christmas Chronicles and The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two
- Make plans for the big day so that you have something to look forward to – Christmas can be a lonely time for some, and a stressful time for others. If that’s you, don’t leave your plans until the last minute – if you know what you’re going to be up to on Christmas Day and Boxing Day you can start looking forward to it, or mentally preparing yourself if it is going to be stressful!
- Talk to someone about Christmas – I’m sure I’m not the only one not feeling it this year – if you’re the same and you need some help getting in to the Christmas sprit then talk to someone about how you’re feeling. Everyone has that friend who wishes it was Christmas 365 days a year so enlist their help in getting you in the mood.
- Remind yourself that Christmas was cancelled last year – so this year why not plan to have double the celebration?
Finally, don’t worry if you’re not in the mood for Christmas. Its been a crazy couple of years and it’s okay not to be okay. If you don’t feel hyped up and Christmassy why not use this time of year to take stock of where you’re at now. Make time for self-care. Get plenty of rest, journal and meditate so that you’re in the best place possible to go in to the New year.