Have yourself a slow Christmas

Have yourself a merry little Christmas.

Let your heart be light.

From now on, our troubles will be out of sight.

Hi Friends! Many of you seem to enjoy my post “Slow Living Activities to do in Autumn“. I was not in any way shape or form expecting that post to get any attention. It made me realize that many of us do want to slow down and looking for ways to do so. Well, don’t look too hard, sometimes it’s as simple as living in the moment.

The Christmas season is one of my favorite. I love it because it’s filled with joy, food and mostly because of people’s attitudes throughout it.

Some of you may not know this, but I worked in the customer service industry for quite awhile. It can be pretty tough, and you need thick skin to deal with different types of people. What I’ve found interesting though is that people are a lot nicer around this holiday. I’ve seen people pay for other stranger’s purchases. I’ve even been the lucky stranger. It’s just something about Christmas that brings a lot of positive energy which I’m all for.

But the holidays also brings lots of stress. Many of us are focused on the Christmas shopping list, and may not in a good financial place. Or maybe you’re not close to your family and the holidays brings a feeling of loneliness and depression.

This is why I find it important to take some time to slow down, and make the best of this special season. Don’t allow the stress of keeping up with the joneses overwhelm you. It doesn’t have to be a picture perfect Christmas like in the movies. There are many ways to enjoy this season whether you’re alone or with family. Focus on the true meaning of Christmas. It’s bringing happiness to others, and most importantly yourself.

Here are some way to have a Slow Christmas.

Have Yourself A Slow Christmas - Ways To Slow Down This Holiday

Listen to Christmas music

Who starts listening to Christmas music as soon as thanksgiving’s over? This gal! I was actually inspired to write this post after I had finished listening to Frank Sinatra’s Christmas album.

Take a trip to the nearest big city near you

If you live in England, take a trip to London. I live in Boston but New York is very close by and looks amazing around the holidays. Taking a day trip to the big city is a great way to take in the Christmas spirit along with the grand decor.

Volunteer

Volunteering is a perfect way to give back to your community during the holiday season. It’s not always about handing out physical goods to a charity and calling it a day. Sure, it helps! But sometimes they just need a lending hand.

Watch cheesy Christmas movies

There are so many cheesy Christmas movies on Netflix at the moment. My holiday staples are Home Alone and Love, Actually. They are a holiday must watch!

Give a homeless person a holiday gift

As the colder season rolls around, we mustn’t forget that there are homeless people who have to endure through the harsh weather. Give a homeless person a new jacket, boots and some cozy socks.

Have a story time with your family

If your family’s coming over, have a night that you all slow down together around the table with some hot chocolate. Share old stories and memories with each other.

Hygge for the holidays

If you know you’ll be alone for the holidays, have a hygge night. Make some time for yourself. Light up a candle, grab a book you’ve been putting off and get cozy under your sheets.

DIY Arts and Crafts

If you love arts and crafts, you could make paper snowflakes with your family as a way to spend quality time. This is perfect if you have kids.

Have an ugly sweater party

Have a party where you invite family and friends to dress up in ugly Christmas sweaters. Take pictures and make a Christmas scrapbook.

Take a drive through your neighborhood for decor

Drive around your neighborhood to see who has the best Christmas decor. Do this with friends or family, and vote on which house had the best holiday lights.

Have a slow Christmas season.

I hope that your holiday will be merry and bright. Remember that this holiday is suppose to bring you joy, not stress. It’s suppose to help you focus on what’s really important. Sometimes the most important things are what we overlook. To avoid that, we must slow down, and live throughout this season.

It can be doing something as mundane as watching the snow fall. It’s slow but it’s beautiful. Beautiful things don’t have to be extravagant, it just has to make you happy. If you can find happiness in something as simple as that, then you’ll understand the true meaning of Christmas.

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