Here at Chisel Tree we're well aware that not everyone shares our deep rooted love of all things Christmas. We know that sometimes instead of decking the halls you feel like decking your husband in the face for humming "It's beginning to look at lot like Christmas" over and over again.
We know Christmas can be stressful. From practising your "overwhelmed with uncontrollable joy" face for when unwrapping that ironing board from the kids. The infuriating way Christmas seems to creep up on us earlier and earlier every year "Stop being so miserable! Where's your Christmas Cheer!" says the jolly shop keeper from a top of his ladder as he hangs his decorations in mid- October, dangerously swaying from side to side because he's wasted on a combination of mulled wine and egg nog that he calls "mulled nog".
No, we feel you. With all the pressure it's easy to forget what Christmas is all about, but we can help. Here are ChiselTree’s top tips for helping all you Grinchy McScrooge faces out there to have a Merry Christmas.
- Focus on others - We don't mean just in terms of buying gifts, we mean in general. Offer yourself to your friends and family, your expertise, your help, your time, whether it's cleaning, baby sitting, going round for a chat. Commit to being there for your friends and family this holiday season.
- Start A New Tradition - Tradition is what it is because someone at the very beginning made it so. You have the power to create this for your family. It doesn't have to be an accident, your imagination is the only limit.
- Give to those who have nothing - Some of you reading this might think, "Why is this specific to Christmas, why not all the time?" And you'd be right but we've all got to start somewhere and what better time than the season of good will to all men? Volunteer at a soup kitchen, give to a charity, go and spend some time with an elderly neighbour, get an old sleeping bag or create a care package and give it to a homeless person. The feeling you will get from giving will outweigh any feeling you'll get from receiving gifts. You can make a difference.
- Wow the Kids - Again, you don't need to spend massive amounts of money. We mean sell them the narrative of Christmas. The mythology, the fairy tale. It's the attention to detail that's important. Remember that feeling you felt when you thought Santa might be on his way? Create that for your children and they'll never forget it.
- Get in touch with an old friend - You know that person you've been meaning to get in touch with for years? The old school friend or work colleague that your friends with on Facebook but haven't spoken to for years? Call them, send them a message, meet up, and go out for a coffee. It's never too late to re connect with someone who can add real value to your life.
- Make a Plan - Sometimes Christmas shopping feels like a battle. Desperate, stampeding shoppers, trampling over their own Grandmothers to get their hands on the last Turbo Man Doll for little Jimmy. Don't fall in to the trap. Start Early, Shop Online and make a plan. The less time you spend playing tug of war over a Furby with that bitch from number 26, the more time you can spend doing what's important, spending time with the people that matter.
- Bribe Santa - Lastly, but most importantly. Do you really believe that Santa's going to leave the best presents for the families who leave him the standard cookies and milk? Please, don't be so naive. Sandy Clause wants brandy or scotch, the good stuff and there's no telling what might end up in your stocking once he's been at the old fire water.
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