Think back to the last stress-free holiday season you enjoyed. Remember a time when the most stressful season event was trying not to peek at wrapped Christmas presents when your parents weren’t home? Many of us have to go back to our childhood years to find a time that was more simple pleasures than commercialism. Grab your mate and get back some of the joy and magic of the season by allowing yourselves a moment of regression to childish delight. Here are 7 ways:
1. Flop yourselves on the ground and make a snow angel. No snow? How about an outdoor childhood equivalent such as jumping in a pile of leaves, laying on your backs in the grass comparing cloud visions, or swinging on playground swings? The point is a moment of escape from your adult world concerns.
2. Switch out your evening beverage for a steamy cup of hot chocolate. With a (psychologically) healthy spoonful of marshmallow fluff. Or start your day off with a cup of cocoa complete with a whipped cream mustache. There’s caffeine in chocolate, too, ya know!
3. Curl up with your mate and a soft blanket to watch that Christmas classic. Charlie Brown’s Christmas, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, How the Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Without the kids. This view is just for you two with your favorite days-gone-by snack.
4. Focus on the mini mysteries of the stocking stuffers.* Sure, presents under the tree can be fun. But remember the excitement of pulling out the little packages from our stockings? How we delighted in even the practical fillers like a new toothbrush or scotch tape? Exchange your stockings on Christmas Eve when it’s just the two of you – and enjoy a playful step back in time.
5. Make an old-fashioned tree decoration. Paper chains for garland can now be glossy if you trade out the old construction paper for magazine strips. And stringing popcorn serves the trifold purpose of enjoying a retro moment, having a crunchy snack, and feeding the wildlife after the tree comes down.
6. Build a gingerbread house. Go ahead – get creative. Just because it’s a traditional childhood activity doesn’t mean it has to be a traditional house.
*For great stocking-stuffer ideas, suggestions, and tips, join me next week for a 5-Day Stocking Stuffer Extravaganza!
What do you and your mate do to recreate the simpler-time childhood magic of the holiday season?