As regular readers might have guessed, I just love December and the Christmas season. This beautiful and oh-so-meaningful season passes so quickly. One thing I like to do, to make the season last longer, is to give every day during December a little bit of a festive feel. This is especially helpful if, like me, you happen to be an empty-nester, or if you are single -- or even if you are a mom in a busy household. If you don't make things festive for yourself, no one else is likely to. So here are some of the things I do.
* Use festively flavored coffee as your everyday coffee during this month. What we do is to buy Christmas coffee at the after-Christmas sales. Places like Marshalls and TJ Maxx often have it for 75% off a day or two after Christmas. (They often have regular coffee in Christmas packaging on clearance, too. We snap it up. Coffee is coffee!)
* Or use regular coffee and a festive flavored creamer. Sometimes I use fat-free half & half along with just a splash of the flavored creamer. Still gives the jolly flavor with less calories.
* If you enjoy tea, stock up on the holiday teas as you have opportunity and sip a mug daily. Sometimes these are reduced after Christmas and sometimes not. Some of my favorites are Christmas Tea by Twining's, Candy Cane Lane by Celestial Seasonings, and White Christmas by Stash.
|a tea wallet I made as a gift|
* Some people use their Christmas dishes all through the month of December, and I think this is a great idea. I've actually moved my Christmas dishes to a more easily accessible cabinet to facilitate this. Setting the table with Christmasy colored placemats is a nice idea too, and do add a simple Christmasy centerpiece. (Mine at the moment is a red, white, and green striped bowl filled with cookie cutters. And little tea lights in shiny tart molds -- in the Yankee Candle Gingerbread Maple scent. You can't imagine how nice they smell!)
* Do an Advent Bible study for your devotions. I'm a bit late suggesting this, but it does help keep one focused on the true meaning of Christmas. If you jumped into one now, it probably wouldn't be too late; you could double up on a day or two here and there. Another thought is to do a Christmas Scripture writing challenge. Or, refresh your memory on some verses from Luke 2 or Scripture passages where the Savior's birth is predicted or described. I like to review Luke 2:1-20 every Christmas season.
* Take time to do some fun things like attend a Christmas concert, watch a Christmas DVD, bake some goodies or craft some simple ornaments. Set up an Advent calendar or a Christmas countdown. Yes, even if it's just for you! A friend sent me an online Advent calendar with activities for every day. So much fun!
* Decorate with fresh greens or festively scented candles for an energizing scent.
* In fact, put something small and Christmasy in every room of your house, like this little soft blue tree on my bathroom counter one year. (Both bathroom and counter look completely different now!) Little touches like this will make you smile every time you see them.
There are a few ideas! I'm sure you will think of more. We have so much to celebrate -- the coming of our Savior to earth, to be born as a Baby in a humble stable, to grow up and die, then rise again, so we would have a way of salvation. No, Jesus was almost certainly not born on December 25, but this is one time of year when the focus is on Him. Let's go about each day with a merry heart, ready to share His love with others at this festive time!
(This is adapted from a post on my Christmas blog in 2014.)