Since 2013, I have completed a December Daily Challenge on Instagram. The point is to share a picture every day from December 1 to Christmas Day. Some years I have completed every day and others I just share the moments that impact me.
It is a process of looking at the little things that I enjoy during the holiday season. It is a lot like recording gratitude. I get excited when a coworker brings me a frosted Christmas cookie or I see cute yard decorations during an evening walk.
Here are some things to focus on and try during the holidays that create great memories.
Put Fun Holiday Events On The Calendar
For 2 years, my dad and I rode up to the Festival of Lights at MGCCC. It is a winter carnival sponsored by different student groups on campus and the administration of the junior college. The campus is transformed into a wonderland of lights and activity.
Instead of spending that night shopping, or more likely passed out on the couch, we were making memories.
Look Past the Buzz and at the Details
Christmas is one big sensory overload. Go into any T.J. Maxx or mall in order to be barraged with flashing lights, loud music, and every conceivable combination of product placements. I challenge you to look closer.
Last year I noticed a climbing Santa that was just like one climbing on my grandmother’s Christmas tree in my childhood. Last weekend I found cute, mini ceramic Christmas tree ornaments. So put your phone in your pocket and see what other treasures you can find.
Savor the Seasonal Treats
I swear stuff tastes better if you cannot have it all the time. It causes me to associate sweet holiday memories with these delicious treats. Here is a list of some of my favorites!
- Celestials Sugar Cookie Tea
- Starbucks Holiday Blend
- Lindt Snickerdoodle Candies
- Eggnog Lattes
- Shiner Cheer Beer
- Fat Tire Accumulation
Tis’ the Season of the Hygge
It can be difficult to hygge in the south when we are sometimes wearing shorts at Christmas. But when the cozy, cool weather happens I take full advantage. I pull out the fuzzy socks and hot beverages. Christmas is the pinnacle of time to live the hygge life.
So dim the lights, turn on the Christmas tree, and enjoy the twinkle of the decorations.
Give Some Cheer
There are countless charities looking to give Christmases in families in need. Reduce some of the holiday clutter by choosing to donate to charities like the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree and Operation Christmas Child.
Make it a family event by going together to pick out gifts, packaging, and delivering them.
Find Some New Holiday Traditions
For the first few years of our relationship Ed and I would share gifts together randomly. Sometimes it would be at the end of the day after we visited all the family and other times with everyone. We have finally settled on our own tradition when we moved into our house ten years ago.
Now we exchange gifts and stockings on the evening of Christmas Eve. Before the busy day coming up and after we are done with work. Think of what is best for your family in order to find traditions you can enjoy for a lifetime.
Give December Daily Daily a Try
If you want to share your own December Daily moments I recommend sharing them on Instagram using the hashtags #DecemberDaily2019 or #DecemberDaily
No moment is too big or too small to share. Make it memorable!
How do you enjoy the holidays?
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