Hello bookworms and welcome back! It’s Monday, and so, I am back here with another Monday Musings post! ‘Tis the seasons for Christmas-themed posts, so in honor of the upcoming holiday we are all looking forward to – or NOT looking forward to – I am presenting to you a Christmassy discussion/musings post.
Christmas is possibly the biggest holiday for everyone around the world. Even as early as November, people are pulling down their Halloween decorations and replacing it with their Christmas decorations, pretty lights and playing their yearly Christmas playlists from Spotify. And generally, people are excited – because who would start Christmas decorating in November if they weren’t excited? Duh.
But, there are those who would rather think otherwise; those who don’t comprehend the hype around Christmas, those who question the absurdity of preparing for a holiday so early on in the year. These people are the Christmas Grinches.
The Christmas Grinch. They’re out there. And there is definitely more than one out there! You might in fact be one of them, if you are reading this post right now! I must admit, I am a partial Christmas Grinch. Christmas is a fabulous season, I won’t deny it, but I tend to not understand why people prepare so early for it, why they bother to decorate their homes so they look like mini-cities and WHY they spend so much money on presents and other unnecessaries.
Do you feel indifferent or cringe at the mention of Christmas?
Do you have no interest in participating in the festivities that come along with Christmas?
Do those Christmas-themed songs in the supermarket annoy you to hell?
There’s nothing wrong with being a Christmas Grinch… but we Grinches can tend to feel a little lonely when this time comes around. Sometimes we just want to get in on this Christmas hype. But HAVE NO FEAR, I am here to save the day! I will (attempt to) give you ways in which will help you jump in on the hype-train of the Christmas holiday season!
Let’s do this!
Sure, the Christmas season can get a little stressful. Trying to find persents for all your friends and family, spending a ton of money on decorations, gifts, and more is exhausting and can make you question what all the crazy hype is all about. Not to mention, the FRENZIES AT SHOPPING CENTRES. They can get savage. (From what I’ve seen, because, you know, I’m a Grinch and hide away while everyone is out buying gifts and whatnot). But I think there are some safe ways to jump in on the hype and excitement of the Christmas season. So, first things first!
Create a Christmas Playlist
Spotify is a fabulous app to create and find playlists of all kinds, most especially, Christmas playlists! Pick out your favourite Christmas themed songs, whether they be covers, or originals. I personally love Michael Buble’s Chrsitmas album, because they just get me in the best mood and the songs don’t overload you with a ton of Christmas sounds. I also love Ariana Grande and her take on Christmas songs (such as, “Santa Baby”). Her voice is just fabulous, honestly. Get the Christmas atmosphere going in your home by cranking up the volume on your speakers and singing along with all your favourite Christmas songs! DO IT NOW!
Fill your home up with Christmas scents
So maybe decorating is abit too drastic for you. If so, I suggest bringing the Christmas spirit not your home through a beautiful smelling candle. Everyone loves candles. Or is it just me? I have an obsession with candles, and let me tell you, Christmas-themed scented candles are THE BEST. They make me want to weep at how delicious they smell! They are one of my best ways of erasing the Christmas Grinch inside of me during this time of year!
Pinterest is a great spirit-booster
Pinterest is amazing. And if you don’t know what Pinterest is by now, WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE?! Just kidding. But seriously. If you’re a room decor enthusiast like me (okay, honestly I’m a little bit too obsessed, but shh), then looking up ‘christmas room decor’ on Pinterest will get your Christmas spirit up and will have your Christmas Grinch running away in terror.
Think about all the delicious Christmas cuisine!
Food is life. Food, as I am sure many of you can agree, is amazing. Along with holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas comes with an array of delicious food and the opportunity to stuff yourself with all the delicious food you want, without a care. If only we didn’t get fat after eating so much food, our lives would be so much better; BUT that’s what the Christmas season in for! Letting down your strict diets to get temporarily fat on delicious Christmas dinner and puddings and FOOD.
Light ‘Em Up!
Shiny things! We like shiny things. Who doesn’t like shiny things? Don’t deny, even if you are a Christmas Grinch, that the sight of those lit up houses makes you feel a little lighter and jollier. Because it does, there’sno way around it! But sometimes, the ideaof doing it for ourselves is tiring. Decorating is tiring. But there’s no reason why we can’t do a little bit of decorating, simply with some nice fairy lights! Maybe a Christmas tree is too much effort for you, but who needs a Christmas tree? Decorate your home with a few fairy lighted mason jars, such as in the picture above! They’re simple and easy to create and will give your entire space a more festive feel!
And there we have it! Some simple, less overwhelming ways to get excited for Christmas! I hope you Christmas Grinches out there try these out and I hope for all of the rest of you, this was an extra boost of excitement for the holiday season which is upon us!
What are your favourite ways to prepare for the Christmas season?