Is The Weather Affecting Your Christmas Spirit? [10 Weather-Proof Ways To Boost Your Christmas Spirit]
Christmas is the most wonderful time of year. This is the time when friends and families get together in most parts of the world to enjoy various celebrations.
This year 2015 seems to be taking a different toll on many people. For most, Christmas is not “real Christmas” without cold temperatures, and of course – snow. So what do you do then?
The weatherman is telling us that for most of the country (USA), the temperatures will be at record breaking points of anywhere from 40 degrees (north) to 70s in the mid-west and the southern regions.
These are crazy temps for this time of the year.
So for many, they are already feeling the blues because Santa is gonna have to wear a T-shirt instead of his red coat and possibly trim his beard if he wants to enjoy his travels on December 24th.
Anyway, if the weather may be changing your Christmas tunes to the “Christmas Blues” then here are 10 weather-proof ways to boost your Christmas spirit.
1. Listen to good and fun Christmas music.
One of our favorite CDs is from Go-Fish, an acapella CD that just rocks the house with Christmas music. Go-Fish did a great job with that.
2. Get in touch with your family and friends.
No Christmas is complete without your loved ones. Send them emails, post cards, or call them up. Keep building those relationships. Let them know that they matter to you.
3. Wear that ugly Christmas sweater.
It will get your Christmas spirit up in a hurry as soon as you look in the mirror. Want something fun to do while you’re out with one of those ugly sweaters?
When you meet people just watch their reactions the moment they see your sweater. Don’t make it obvious – use your peripheral vision to notice their reaction.
Some will smirk, others will roll their eyes, others will frown, and others will remain like a manikin – they won’t say a thing – until you leave. Just enjoy yourself and get a kick out of the spirit of the time. Just have fun.
4. Watch Christmas movies:
Here are a couple of ideas:
5. Read Christmas themed books.
"The Night Before Christmas", "How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Some families even have a tradition that, on Christmas Eve, one of the parents reads "The Night Before Christmas" bedtime story style.
In our family, we give our kids a Christmas ornament, which will be hung on the tree that night and every year thereafter.
6. Be generous and give.
Donate your time and/or money to those in need. Try to make those who are suffering better by donating your time to programs that feed the hungry during the holidays.
Or, you can help as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army, which is a great organization to support.
Giving financially is obviously a good thing, but you will feel that much better if you give of your talents, skills, and time to helping others.
Here’s another idea. We recently met a couple that loves to give and bless a minister’s family every Christmas season.This year they targeted our family without us knowing anything about it.
The lady is my son’s boss who decided to meet my son to give him some deer meat that her husband hunted.
Not only did this couple gave us around 15 lbs. of deer meat, they also loaded us with a couple of bags of fun, festive and practical groceries. From potatoes, to nuts, to chocolate, Chex Mix, Tea, etc.
It was a very nice surprise.Though we are doing fine with the Christmas spirit this year, this generous act took it over the top.
7. Be extra appreciative of others.
Recognize their efforts and their service, like at the store, restaurants, church, etc. Make others feel good about what they do and who they are.
8. Invite friends and families over for a special Holiday dinner.
Make the dinner fun by making special things that you normally won’t eat or drink at any other time. Don’t get crazy expensive – just a little special touch will do.
9. Make special drinks during the holidays.
This is another way to keep your Christmas spirit on high gear. Here are some ideas:
You can search for the recipes for these drinks online. They are easy to make and fun to drink. These will replace the typical soda pops or iced teas and will spice up your Christmas spirit.
10. Last but not least: Read the original Christmas Story. Luke 2 in the Bible has the original account of the Christmas story.
Remember the real spirit of Christmas by celebrating the birth of Christ.
Read it to yourself. Read it to your kids. Read it and think about it – thank God.
You can even bake (or buy) a cake and sing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus if you want to. Sure why not?!
With these 10 weather-proof ways to boost your Christmas spirit, you’ll be sure to have a great Christmastime regardless of what is happening outdoors.
Don't let the weather patterns affect your Christmas spirit. Let the temps rise while you keep your Christmas spirit even higher. Merry Christmas!
Question: How do you spice up your Christmastime even when there's no snow?
About the Author
Alex Colón, Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker, Teacher, Pastor, Blogger and best of all, Husband and Father of 4. Living the re-Branded life