Back when we cared all about Christmas are Santa Claus and the heap of gifts under the pine tree.
Even during the most festive season of the year, most of us deal with the inevitable holiday blues. More so, when we grow older, our lack of enthusiasm for celebrations shows.
Still, we wonder what went wrong and why doesn’t it feel like it used to be. We wake up, open presents, sing Christmas carols, watch cheesy movies together, until one day it all becomes a memory.
The thing is, when we perceive Christmas as a kid, it’s easier to describe it as “magical” since we barely had responsibilities and life worries back then. We’re wrapped up in our little bubble while being coddled by our parents.
But now, it gets harder to appreciate the beauty of this gift-giving season. It’s a hard pill to swallow that no matter how much we attempt to relive the moments we had, it can never be just the same.
Bringing Back the Joys
It can be upsetting to think about, but we can still experience happiness this season. Here’s how:
We already had our fair share of good memories to treasure. And now, it is our time to do an excellent job of making Christmas magical for the younger ones.
We can make it memorable by keeping the traditions alive like creating parols, eating bibingka together, belting out a Mariah Carey, and exchanging gifts. Moreover, be the reason why they look forward to Christmas.
Reconnect with your loved ones and friends
Unfortunately, our life is not a hallmark movie. However, this season is also an opportunity to socialize! You can reach out to your old friends, strike a conversation, and catch up on life. Never underestimate how pleasant small talk is!
Play as Santa Claus
What’s better than receiving presents? Giving gifts. If you can’t meet up with your friends due to the pandemic, you can order something online and have it delivered straight to their address. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or expensive, just enough to show that you care.
If you are tight on a budget, a sweet message can do! What’s important is that you’ve thought of them.
Lastly, learn to count your blessing. Even if we did not receive as many gifts as before, we are fortunate enough to experience another Christmas.
To do this, you can make a gratitude list in a journal or on a piece of paper. Sooner than you think, you can live through holidays with a positive attitude after appreciating what you have right now.
Stop dwelling on how Christmas was better back then and focus on making the present more meaningful.
Abegail is a writer whose stories embody "I tried it out so you won't have to." When she isn't busy telling people the next must-visit, she spends her day thrifting and scoring the lowest yet quality deals online. Nothing makes her happier than receiving a much-awaited parcel at her doorstep.