Posted on | December 2, 2013 | No Comments
When you were younger, you probably found yourself wishing occasionally that Christmas would last all year. What would be not to like about getting to open presents every day and eat huge amounts of food? When you get older though of course your views on this matter tend to change a little. For the adults in the family Christmas can be stressful and expensive – and eating that much every day would no doubt kill you within the year.
Still though, even as you gradually begin to turn into that jaded Scrooge you will still find yourself wishing that certain elements of Christmas could last all year. Maybe that would be the good will, the attractive decorations, the music or the closeness of your family. Christmas brings out our stressed side but it also brings out the best in us. So how can you make sure that those good elements last as long as possible?
Keep the House Decorated
Of course it’s bad luck to leave your decorations up past the first of January, but if you’re not the superstitious type then you shouldn’t let that scare you. If you’re a fan of Christmas decorations then there’s absolutely no reason not to keep them up where everyone can see them and keep your home looking glitzy and glamorous as a result.
And if that’s a little too odd for you, then how about you just keep it decorated in other ways? They don’t have to be Christmas decorations – you can make the house look just as nice with some nice flowers and ornaments and it will still keep the Christmas spirit alive.
One of the other great things about Christmas is sitting on the carpet with your family and playing board games, or just all having a good chat and a laugh over dinner. It’s a great feeling to get everyone together and Christmas is a great time to do that. But the point you need to remember is that you don’t need an excuse. Just suggesting to your family that you sit down and play a board game together, or encourage everyone to eat together at the table and you can enjoy the very same feeling of family and fun. And why not invite Grandpa round at other times during the year too? He might be grumpy, but it wouldn’t be Christmas without him…
Keep up the Goodwill
One of my favourite parts of Christmas is when you walk down the road and a stranger smiles at you and says hello. It sounds like a small thing, but that kind of cheer and good will is something that can really bring a smile to your face and put you in a cheery state of mind.
But do you know what? If you were the one to smile first and say hello, then most people would return the gesture no matter what time of year it was. The thing is, that deep down, a lot of us wish that it was still Christmas.
The Taste of Christmas
Our memories are tied closely to our senses, and particularly taste and smell. That’s why sipping mulled wine or biting into some Christmas cake can make those warm Christmassy feelings come flooding back. And many of the tastes we associate with Christmas can be just as enjoyable the rest of the year. If you want to relive Christmas for just a moment then indulge in one of these Christmas flavours and you’ll find you can almost close your eyes and hear the carols…
Have a Mini Christmas
If you find that all this isn’t quite cutting it and it still doesn’t genuinely feel like Christmas, then there’s nothing to stop you creating a ‘fake’ Christmas at another point during the year. Wait until the middle of summer and throw your mini Christmas with a fake tree, a small number of presents, a turkey dinner and some Christmassy music and for one day you can imagine it’s Christmas – and you’ll find it’s a great fun novelty to enjoy for a day too. Most of all though, if you have a mini Christmas in the middle of the year, then it will mean you only have to wait six months between Christmases…