Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Hello, December | Bits of Tips & Joy to Keep You Sane and Festive.

Hey hi helllooooo, December!

I know I'm a day late and a dollar short, but it's crazy to think Thanksgiving is already long gone (and it seems as though the majority of my Facebook & Instagram feed was more than happy to get past it and move on to Christmas). It's easy to get caught up in the hoopla of finding the perfect gift and participating in all the things, but for me, it's important to remember the small joys of the holidays.
These little bits and tips of joy keep me feeling both sane and festive:

- A little home decor can go a long way. Buy an evergreen or spiced apple scented candle, throw a wreath on the door, string multicolor lights on your patio, and of course...set up your tree (or your Menorah, if you celebrate Chrismukkah like myself!).
- Create your own traditions. My parents aren't giant holiday goers (although I did get to celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas growing up!). When I was young, we drove up to my grandparents' place in St. Augustine on Christmas Eve, set up a fake tree the night of, and it was taken down by the 27th. Point of the story: I've never had a real tree. This year, Ryan and I decided to break the tradition...and we got ourselves a plump and precious real life Christmas tree!
- Turn on some holiday music...the kind you actually like. I love a good classical Christmas song, but Lady Antebellum & Jason Mraz covers are my favorite.
- Throw yourself into holiday related events. Have a cookie baking day with friends, head to a tree lighting, decorate ornaments, etc. Whatever tickles your fancy and makes you feel warm and fuzzy, do that!
- Remember that it isn't just about gifts. Receiving gifts is fun, and it's the best feeling when you know you've given someone the "perfect" present. But stressing out about what to get, standing in lines amongst anxiety ridden crowds in the mall, and spending a certain dollar amount isn't what the holiday season is about.

What are you doing to get into the holiday spirit?


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