I’ve struggled to get in the holiday spirit this year.
There, I said it. It’s just been harder this year for some reason. I don’t know if it’s because the weather has been a little off in the midwest? We went straight from warm weather to freezing cold. There was no in between and it felt like we got jipped and really didn’t get that cold but not too cold fall weather. Then for a few weeks when it was actually supposed to be getting cooler the temps shot into the 70s. It’s just felt weird, there’s really no other way to explain it. And now Christmas is just a few days away and I’m scrambling to get the last of our gifts wrapped and ready!
I know it’s not just me, because I’ve heard the same complaint from a few others this year. Now that we’re getting closer and closer to Christmas, though, I’ve been playing some Christmas music, wrapping presents, and having fun with Elf on the Shelf with Alea and Mckenna. I think I’m sort of starting to get into the holiday spirit, but maybe it’s just taking me a little longer than normal this year.
I just keep trying to remind myself of the true meaning of this time of year and the true meaning of Christmas. It’s not all about the gifts, the stocking stuffers, and the hustle and bustle. It’s about family, it’s about friends, and it’s about spending time with those you love the most. Maybe, just maybe a little more Jingle Bells and the family time on the horizon can save the holidays for me!
Here’s a few ways you can save the holidays for yourself and for those around you as well!
Uphold Traditions: The holidays are a very personal time of year for many. It’s the time of year where you do certain things at certain times with your families. You hang memorable ornaments on the Christmas tree or you make lefsa with your Grandma. For our girls, we always give them a present to open on Christmas Eve and it’s always a pair of pajamas and a Christmas book. Alea’s old enough now where she truly looks forward to that tradition every year and tells me that she can’t wait to see which book and pajamas she will get. It just warms my heart! Now, imagine if we just took that tradition away and we just decided we wouldn’t do that anymore. She would be heartbroken!
Sometimes I think it’s important to look at the holidays through another person’s eyes. You may not understand why you have to have Christmas Eve at grandma’s house and would rather have everyone get together on Christmas day, but that could really be hurting another family member’s holiday traditions, you know?
Remember it’s about Giving, Too: I’ve had to remind Alea the spirit of the season a few times this year. I can’t blame her for being excited for the gifts that she’ll receive, but it’s just so important for me to instill the importance of giving as well. We’ve made sure to donate lots to her school’s food drive this year and we’ve talked a lot about how some people aren’t as fortunate as we are an some people don’t have just the basic items we have sitting in our pantry.
And The Number One Way to Save The Holidays:
Remember the batteries!
Okay, with all joking aside, I remember a few occasions when I was younger opening a gift that required batteries. When you open that gift that you’ve been longing for, but have to wait even longer to play with it because you don’t have batteries? That’s like torture! Always, always remember to grab a couple different sizes of batteries before your Christmas festivities. And if you really want to be the hero, bring some to your holiday gatherings as well. You’ll make a kids day. I can promise you that!
And better yet, make them Energizer batteries! These Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries are very long-lasting and will keep your kid’s toys running for a long time! I don’t know about you, but I tend to toss a toy on the counter when it’s in need of a battery change and then just never get around to it. Especially when a screwdriver is needed, am I right? The fact that I don’t have to change batteries so frequently with these is a game changer! They’re also leakproof and they can hold their power for 20 years in storage! Amazing!
As silly as this sounds, I do have a very fond holiday memory that involves batteries. We would always have Christmas Eve at my grandparents house and it never failed, my grandpa always stocked up on batteries beforehand. He was always the hero when we opened a toy that required batteries and always had exactly what we needed! It always made me smile when we would walk in and on the kitchen counter by the back door, there would always be a couple packages of batteries! It sounds silly, but that memory always makes me smile!
How do YOU save the holidays for your family?