They say Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year and it’s not hard to see why. The lights, the copious amounts of gifts and that general feeling of joy, makes the month of December seem somewhat magical.
Despite all these amazing things, the holiday season can be hard – really hard, for a lot of people. It might be the first Christmas since a loved one has passed away or since a relationship has ended, or perhaps they don’t celebrate Christmas at all and feel a little on the outer.
Christmas is hyped up from late November all the way through till New Years. While there’s nothing wrong with being merry and spreading the festive spirit, you must admit, it can be pretty in-your-face at times.
The important thing is that we continue to offer support to one another, even throughout the crazy holiday season. Yes, it’s busy and most people have a hundred and one things to do but the happiness of our friends and family should always be a priority.
You might not be able to physically spend Christmas with everyone you’d like to but a call or a text will go a long way. When you’re feeling lonely, to know that someone is thinking of you, really does make the world of difference.
If your main plan after Christmas lunch is to lay on the couch in a food coma, maybe instead you could go for a walk or watch a movie with a friend who spent the day on their own. You don’t have to do anything grand, sometimes your time is enough.
We all have our own special personalities, which means everyone deals with things in different ways. There might be someone in your life that has been struggling with things lately but the easiest way to figure out what they need from you, is to ask them.
Don’t assume that if they’re grieving they don’t want anything to do with Christmas. They may have a new tradition they’d like to start in honour of a loved one, that you could help with. Most importantly, if someone really shows no desire to celebrate – don’t force it upon them.
Love comes in many different forms and whether it’s a simple card with a heartfelt message or a homemade meal, being kind will really brighten up someone’s day. Despite what we’re programmed to believe during holidays, kindness does not come in the form of gifts.
If you know someone is spending Christmas alone this year, why not invite them to your celebration or have one of your own together. If they don’t celebrate at all, you could take them out for lunch on Boxing Day or if you’re brave enough, even tackle those crazy sales.