Love Christmas? Wondering how to have the best Christmas ever? Well, good news—you’ve come to the right place.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not exactly a Christmas expert (is that even a thing?) but the festive season has always meant a lot to me.
My sister and I had the most amazing Christmases as children, mainly because the celebrations didn’t happen over just one day. No, we had Christmas Eve at my Grandma and Grandad Davies’ (on my Dad’s side) with all our extended family, Christmas Day at home with my Mum cooking the most scrumptious turkey dinner, and then Boxing Day with my Grams and Gramps (on my Mum’s side) where we would get a second round of presents.
I know—how lucky was I, right?
However, since my Grams and Gramps both passed away a few years ago, Christmas has never felt quite the same. Also, since the passing of my Grandad Davies, we no longer visit my Grandma’s house on Christmas Eve. Therefore, now we just have Christmas Day with the four of us and my Uncle John.
It’s still lovely, of course, but it means that I appreciate the one day that we celebrate the occasion a lot more now. In fact, in recent years, I’ve come up with a few tips and tricks in terms of how to make Christmas memorable for all the right reasons.
Read on to find out how to have the best Christmas ever.
Switch Off Your Phone
Yes, I realise that we live in two worlds nowadays: the offline world and the online world. However, with the increasing reports relating to how detrimental social media can be for our mental health, Christmas seems like an appropriate time to have a bit of a digital detox.
Am I right?
If you find that you cannot cope without your phone next to you for the whole of Christmas Day, then why not just turn it off for a few hours over dinner instead? It’s good to have a break from the distractions of technology every now and again so that you can be truly present in the moment—and Christmas is the perfect time to actually live, instead of living through your phone.
Focus on Presence Not Presents
How to have the best Christmas ever 101: remember what’s important.
Don’t kick off at your Great Aunt Mildred because she got you Adidas trainers instead of the Nike ones you’ve been going on about forever to anyone who’ll listen. It doesn’t matter. It’s the thought that counts.
Plus, in years to come, you won’t even remember that a family member messed up your gift. No, all you’ll be concerned about is that the ones you care about are still around the Christmas tree with you. And if they’re not? You’ll regret the days that you ever focused on presents and not presence. True story.
Remember Everything is Temporary
Okay, so I’ve been pretty fortunate with family members. All my family are really nice people—I don’t have one member who’s extremely unkind, who looks down on everybody else, or who bores everyone to tears with their constant talk of politics.
That being said, we do get on each other’s nerves at times. I mean, it’s only natural when you spend long periods of time with people who you don’t usually see all the time.
If you’ve got a particularly mean Uncle or you constantly bicker with your sibling, don’t sweat it. Sure, it’s not ideal—but you should try and make the best out of a tricky situation. Be patient and bear in mind the bigger picture (it’s Christmas). Also, if you do have to have some kind of confrontation, do it in private so that it’s not awkward for everyone else.
Trust me, you’ll thank yourself for it later.
Take Time off Work
If you’re wondering how to have the best Christmas ever, then taking some time off work is a good start. After all, how are you meant to relax if you only have Christmas Day out of the office and that’s about it?
I know that you can’t always control how much annual leave you have, especially if Jenny from Marketing booked a whole two weeks off over the festive period in early January this year because she’s super organised. Oh, Jenny—stop showing the rest of us up.
However, for self-employed folk such as myself, try to give yourself some form of a decent break. I realise that it’s difficult to break away from your business when it’s your baby and if you don’t work then you won’t earn, but you need some time to unwind and recharge like everybody else.
Have Lots of Self-Care Time
Speaking of having time to relax, don’t neglect yourself during the Christmas period. It can be tempting to look after the younger members of your family or help out your Mum with hosting duties but then forget to treat yourself with kindness.
Whether it’s spending an hour upstairs in your bedroom watching Netflix after dinner or nipping out for a walk for some fresh air for a breather, do whatever it takes for you to feel positive and happy over the festive season.
And don’t apologise for prioritising yourself sometimes—people are always a lot more understanding than you think.
Catch Up with Loved Ones You Rarely See
During my discovery of how to have the best Christmas ever, a notion popped up that was rather unexpected.
I am an introvert through and through, which means that I sometimes feel overwhelmed with long periods of socialising. Although, if you can’t catch up with the friend who lives in Australia and is only back for a few days at Christmas, then when can you?
You’ve got to utilise your time off work effectively. Yes, have self-care time and be present with your family, but don’t forget to re-connect with those people from the past who you hardly ever see anymore and still love dearly.
It’s all about finding a balance and I’m still learning, for sure, but it’s the effort that counts—even if you can only pop to your Australian friend’s parent’s house for half an hour for a cup of tea. You won’t regret it.
Ignore the Calories
How to make it the best Christmas ever?Seriously? Simply treat yourself with culinary delights.
After all, Christmas is essentially the only time of year when it’s perfectly acceptable to eat and drink as much as you want without anybody judging you. Why? Well, we’re all doing the same darn thing.
I’m not saying that you should stuff yourself with multiple selection boxes of chocolate in one day. Rather, if you want that extra mince pie, you bloody well have it mate.
Avoid calorie counting, for sure, but make sure you keep having your greens and stop eating when you’re full. And remember: food babies are normal. Just move about a bit and then hop into your comfiest onesie—and you’ll soon be right as rain.
How to Have the Best Christmas Ever
Over the last few years, there are many things I uncovered in terms of how to have the best Christmas ever. However, the most important realisation I had was to be grateful for everything and everyone in my life. Christmas is a time to be with those acquaintances that you never get to see, to hug your loved ones a little tighter, and to appreciate the wonderful world that we live in. Spread that festive cheer and embrace every moment, because you never know what the universe has in store for you. This Christmas could be the last Christmas as you know it.
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(Be that as it may, please note that I’m taking some time out over the Christmas and New Year period so there won’t be a blog post going up during Christmas week. Also, there might be a lack of Instagram/Twitter posts until early January. Thanks for your understanding and I hope you have the best festive season you’ve ever had!)
What are your thoughts when it comes to how to have the best Christmas ever? I’d love to read them in the comments below!