Creating Your Christmas Happiness
Christmas is always depicted as a festive time of year with twinkling lights, family dinners and packages all tied up with sparkling bows. Yet, the holidays are a difficult time for many people who experience depression during a time when they are expected to be smiling. The loss of a loved one, financial difficulties or a painful health condition can all seem amplified in an atmosphere of cheerful reverie. This year, however, it is possible to renew that childlike feeling of infinite possibilities for finding happiness by getting back to the true roots of this beautiful holiday and searching for ways to share the Christmas spirit with others.
Discovering the Joy of Christmas
Remember when you were little and you anticipated the upcoming Christmas holiday with bated breath? If you were like most kids, you carefully planned your wish list for gifts, made ornaments to hang on the tree and put serious thought into gifts that you could give to your friends and family. Yet, now that joy that once came naturally seems forced. Fortunately, you can rediscover the joy of Christmas by thinking about your holidays from the past. What were your favorite Christmas activities? Did you have a special tradition such as visiting the outdoor ice skating rink or watching the town’s annual Christmas tree lighting? Perhaps, the holidays once gave you spiritual joy, and you looked forward to going to your favorite religious ceremony. Spend some time reflecting upon the things that once gave you joy, such as watching the happiness on a child’s face as they opened a gift. Then, use these memories to create an action plan for bringing back your Christmas spirit.
Create Your Christmas Happiness
Many people falsely believe that happiness is something that just happens when things go well in life. However, you truly do hold the keys to generating those warm, fuzzy holiday feelings. Today, make the decision to take charge of your happiness, and find ways to spread the joy. First, begin by creating a spirit of reconciliation. Are there relationships in your life where you have allowed resentment or anger to interfere? Can you think of any areas in your life where you have wronged another? If so, then now is the time to work on reconciling and negative areas from your past that could be blocking your path to joy.
Once you have cleared out the negativity, it is time to begin reconnecting with those you hold dear. Christmas is about sharing love with family, friends and even those you have yet to meet. So, get out a pen and start writing a list of people that you have lost contact with over the years. Then, you can use the spirit of the holidays to send out warm wishes that show you care. As you hear back from cherished old friends, you will begin to feel your happiness grow. As your joy begins to emerge, remember that a generous spirit is key to creating your happiness during the holidays. Find ways to give back to others, whether you choose to help at a local charity or send gifts and cards to friends. Expressing generosity to others will help to take the focus off of your own struggles while giving you a feeling of self-confidence that will make your spirit soar.
How to Celebrate Christmas
Around the world, people have different traditions they use to celebrate this time of year, and you have many options from which to choose when you make your holiday plans. Begin by buying and decorating a Christmas tree. This creates a focal area in your home that can help set your mind to the right spirit. Better yet, find someone in your community who may not have one yet, and help them set up a tree to be filled with beautiful decorations. If you belong to a religious organization, then a visit to a holiday ceremony can renew your mind by centering your focus on Christ. Enjoy the fellowship of your family and friends as you celebrate the reverence of the holiday. As you make your plan for celebrating Christmas, make sure to put sending out holiday greetings at the top of your list. This is a fun and easy way to spread holiday cheer using cards, emails and messages that can bring them joy during this exciting time of the year. Every year, the streets and media are filled with signs that Christmas is here. Sparkling yard and storefront displays, invitations to holiday social events and cards arriving in the mail, can all bring you happiness when you remember the important reasons for the Christmas season. This year, do not let feelings of sadness ruin your chance to jump in and take part in the traditions of this holiday. By getting back to the basics, you can remember the things you always loved about this season. Then, use your joy to ensure that everyone around you benefits from the true happiness that springs from your soul when you decide to take charge of rediscovering the Christmas spirit.