4 Ways To Make The Run-Up To Christmas More Fun
As November draws to a close, inevitably our thoughts turn to the festive season. While for many, the coming month will be a non-stop rollercoaster of excitement and anticipation, for some the next 30 days will be filled with stress, anxiety and even dread. We’ve already talked about some things you can do if you don’t really feel like getting into the Christmas spirit, but here we’re going to talk about the run up to the big day itself. If your budget won’t allow for a particularly lavish Christmas this year, if you’ve grown tired of the tropes of the festive season or even if you feel like a change there are a plethora of ways in which you can inject the coming of the festive season with a little more fun. Here are just a few ideas to help get you started… Start making some presents Who says that showing your family and friends that you love and care about them has to be cripplingly expensive? Christmas should not be a time when we make sacrifices to the gods of capitalism, it should be a time when we show our love and consideration to others. If your bank balance is getting on the lean side, now’s the perfect time to start making some presents. You have plenty of lead time to hone your skills, get some materials and start crafting some gifts that your loved ones will treasure. Adopt a “one for you, one for me” approach to gift giving Christmas is a time for giving… But who says you can’t give some presents to yourself? If you feel as though you may be missing out on all the seasonal generosity, why not adopt a “one for you, one for me” approach to gift giving? Treat yourself to a new necklace from or maybe a new pair of shoes? Nobody will judge you, and even if you don’t opt for a 1:1 ratio, nobody will judge you for getting yourself some treats as you carry out your festive shopping. Get in touch with old friends The festive season is about more than gift giving, it’s about making time for those closest to you. If you worry that Christmas has gotten too commercial and impersonal, why not make some time to buck that trend? Pick up your phone and get in touch with some old friends. Don’t send Facebook messages, don’t post anything on Twitter feeds. Talk to them on the phone or, better yet, speak to them in person. Sometimes a hug is the most wonderful gift you could give! Experiment in the kitchen Tired of turkey and the trimmings? Why not take some time to get experimental in the kitchen? If you’re kind of bored with the trappings of the season, now’s the time to start experimenting in the kitchen to start consolidating your ideas for an alternative Christmas dinner. If you want to feel extra good about yourself, how about opting for a meat-free Christmas dinner? Even if you’re not the biggest fan that Christmas ever had, there are plenty of ways in which you can enjoy the run-up!