Instant Christmas Spirit December 23, 2012
Are you a late “Christmas” bloomer? Not feeling the holiday spirit yet?
With all the tragedies that are happening around the world, it’s not easy to feel happy knowing so many people are suffering. Whether it’s work stress, world problems, family dramas or stressing about what to wear on the last day of simbang gabi (try putting on an outfit when you’re half awake), we should be thankful for all our blessings. Let us focus on this joyous season when Christ was born.
The essence of Christmas is love and celebrating life!
Here are some of the Epperson’s Christmas traditions that can easily lift anyone’s holiday spirits without breaking the bank:
Nothing triggers one’s memory of Christmas than the smell of freshly baked cookies or your family’s favorite goodies.
My husband Tom and I grew up with parents who cooked, baked and encouraged us kids to help out in the kitchen. Christmas growing up also meant cooking family recipes and baking goodies. The scent of certain food brings back happy memories from our childhood and cookies are one of them. We try to continue that tradition with our kids.
Prepare a simple yet savoury family feast
Tom and I never stress out on our Christmas menu. We stick to tried and tested recipes that are easy to make and delicious. For as much as we love cooking and baking, the less time we spend in the kitchen, the more time we can hangout as a family.
Being alone on Christmas Day doesn’t mean you have to be lonely.
If you happen to be spending Christmas by yourself this year, don’t fall into a self pity mode. Get dressed for Christmas dinner and make something special. Prepare all your favorites meals or order takeout.
Go ahead and indulge. You can wear your skinny jeans next year.
Hot cocoa with marshmallows or whipped cream is Christmas in a cup!
Make a delicious cup and enjoy it while watching your favorite Christmas movie.
Deck the Halls
When it comes to decorating, Christmas is the time of year when when you can go all out with fun, festive and inexpensive decorations!
Making Spirits Bright
Cheers to the holidays with your favorite cocktails!
Don we now our gay apparel
If you are in a what-to-wear panic mode, remember to keep calm and wear something colorful or sparkly.
If you’re in your “black” phase (I can totally relate to this, I’ve worn black everyday for years) you can “brighten up” your face instead! Wear a red hot lipstick or a glittery eyeshadow but never do both. Keep it fun and pretty!
Dine in holiday style
Dress your dining table with a touch of Christmas. Simple Noche Buena dishes become more special when served holiday style.
Naughty or nice?
Oh, what fun it is to play board games with friends and family!
Let the Christmas crooners serenade you with all-time favorites and classic holiday songs. Save the karaoke night for another time. Trust me, your neighbors will appreciate it.
‘Tis the season to be jolly! Do a Christmas movie marathon with the whole family!
The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of giving and forgiving.
There are a lot of charities that need support especially during the holiday season. Make a child happy or an elderly feel loved and remembered—give them your time, skill, supplies, toys, clothes or money.
Christmas is also regarded as one of those times where you can settle old family feuds or friendship dramas.
Say a little prayer
With all the tragedies that are happening around the world, it can feel overwhelming and sometimes depressing especially when you don’t know how to help. I find that praying for those in need is one of the most powerful things you could do.
Let’s all take a moment and say a prayer for those who lost their lives during Typhoon Pablo and the senseless death of the children in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
Last minute gift idea:
Here’s one of the BEST Christmas presents that you can give your friends and loved ones! Haha!
Shoppingero/shoppingera, have a happy and meaningful Christmas!