No matter which winter holidays you celebrate, it can sometimes be difficult to take extra joy in the holiday season. If you find yourself feeling melancholy or simply want to derive a little more enjoyment from the end of each calendar year, try some of these suggestions.
Send Holiday Cards
Take the opportunity to reconnect with friends and family members by sending cards. Many people find that the cards serve as effective conversation-starters, and at the very least they are sure to brighten your loved one’s days. You can opt for the traditional route by including a family photo or go with something lighter by sending out funny, whimsical holiday cards guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face.
It doesn’t matter whether you plan to host a party. Even if you live alone and you are the only one who will be able to appreciate the decorations that you put up, just the act of picking things out in a store or going through boxes in your basement or attic while listening to holiday music will help you to get in the right spirit.
Shift your focus from yourself to others by donating to a charitable cause or spending some of your free time volunteering. At its best, the holiday season is all about celebrating the best in each of us and committing your resources to make the world a better place is a large part of that. Plus, you may even make some new friends! Volunteer opportunities tend to fill up quickly during the holiday season, so it is best to make plans well ahead of time if possible.
If you do not tend to get much joy out of the holiday season, one of the suggestions above could help. You may even find that the joy you cultivate lasts throughout the year!