If you think back to your happiest holiday memory, chances are you won’t immediately recall the fanciest gift you were ever given. Instead, you’ll probably remember singing carols with loved ones or smelling freshly baked gingerbread cookies as they’re being lovingly made in the kitchen. Holiday magic is not found in the hottest gift, the prettiest decorations, or the fanciest party. Sometimes, it is found in the most unexpected places.
Where can you find this holiday magic, you ask? I would encourage you to start by reflecting on the positive feelings you associate with this time of year. What is it that YOU value? Love, quality time with friends and family, lending a helping hand, and taking a break are all common things that people desire during the most wonderful time of the year. Think about what would make you happiest and then start taking the necessary steps to achieve those goals! Need some inspiration? Here are some simple ideas for you!
When it’s cold and snowy outside, a great way to cheer up the frosty outdoors is to build a snowman. Children and adults alike can delight in getting creative to build the most imaginative snow sculpture! Frosty the Snowman will look like a stick figure drawing next to your snow creation! If you would prefer a more relaxing activity, bundle up and take an evening walk around your neighbourhood or a public centre to enjoy festive holiday lights as they twinkle softly in the crisp air. If that’s not quite your cup of tea, there is a good chance that your community offers publicly available outdoor activities such as skating or tobogganing. Enjoying a winter activity and then warming up with a steaming cup of hot chocolate is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon during the holidays!
Looking for a warmer option? A re-gift gift exchange is a great way to avoid having to figure out what to get for someone you may not know very well at a holiday gathering. Have each of the attendees throw an item they received once upon a time but never use into a gift bag, keep it anonymous, and have a blast as everyone exchanges zany presents! Alternatively, Secret Santa gift exchanges are a great way to express the season of giving with a fun twist!
To satisfy a sweet tooth and enjoy a charming afternoon with loved ones, give cookie decorating or gingerbread house building a shot. You might just create a baked masterpiece! Even if you get more icing on your nose than you do on the cookies, it is still sure to be a good time! Speaking of a good time, have you ever been to a party where everyone was expected to wear an ugly Christmas sweater instead of a formal outfit? Try it out! The hugs are softer and the stress of finding the perfect ensemble is lighter! Laughing at all of your tacky sweaters is a surefire way gain some happy memories and new friends.
When you’re trying to figure out what to give your loved ones this holiday season, remember this: your presence is a present. Often, your friends and family just want the gift of quality time spent with you! Giving movie tickets, concert tickets, or restaurant gift cards is a great way to tell people you value the time you spend with them. Taking someone out to an event is another fabulous way to give memories and experiences instead of clutter. If you’d still like to give something that you can wrap up and put under the tree, consider creating a personalized gift that will remind your recipient of a fond memory the two of you share. A custom book, photo album, mug, t-shirt, pillow, or piece of jewelry is a fantastic option to show someone just how much you care about them. After all, isn’t that what the season of giving is all about? If you’re looking for a gift idea for someone who is always taking care of others, why not give them the gift of comfort? Comfy presents like fuzzy slippers or a spa gift certificate are the perfect way to pamper your selfless friend. Alternatively, you can make someone’s life easier by giving them a practical gift that will solve a problem for them. Are they always cold? Get them an electric blanket! Are they constantly losing their keys? Give them a bluetooth tracker! The options are endless!
Of course, these are just some suggestions for you to consider this upcoming season. It’s really up to you to create your own holiday magic. You know what is most important to you and are more than capable of making it happen! You don’t need to do a lot to have the best holiday ever. Our happiest memories don’t come from the most complicated plans. They come from the silly moments, so unexpected in their charm. Whatever you do, you can’t go wrong when you spend the most wonderful time of the year with the most important people in your life.
So, grab your ugly Christmas sweaters, put on your best snow suit, and get ready to have a super fun time! Wishing you and your loved ones the very best this holiday season and New Year!