As children, we count the day's until Christmas with so much excitement and joy because we know that when Saint Nick makes his appearance we will be blessed with wonderful toys to play with and so much happiness is in the air. I can remember as a child running downstairs to the basement to see what Santa brought and playing with my dolls with my Sister; those memories are so heartwarming.
When we become adults we are faced with so many things on our plate such as; Rent payments, Car payments, and the list goes on and on.
Being that there are many people out of work, many of us are faced with wondering where the next meal is going to come from.
Christmas time can be wrought with a lot of sorrow but we still have to put on the brave face so our children can have good memories.
So here are some way's to beat the holiday blues:
- Buy some sweet treats for yourself and the children and put it in a very festive bowl to boost the holiday spirit and make some decorations yourself to make your environment more cheerful.
- Put on some happy Christmas music and dance around with your children and don't forget the Camera, so when your children are older, they can get a big kick out of the funny faces you all were making.
- Buy yourself some Candles from the Dollar Store and Bath Salts and take a relaxing bath and then put on your favorite PJ's
- This is very old school but what the heck! Invite some of your friends over and have a card party and ask your friends to bring snacks or food to cook and just enjoy each other.
- Play some computer games or play a board game with your children and other family members.
- Give one item away to a needy family and when you see the joy on their faces, this will bring you happiness
- Ride around the neighborhood to see all the Houses with Christmas lights and decorations.
- If you have a Digital Camera, make funny videos and upload them to Youtube.
- Help serve food to the homeless on Christmas to bless those less fortunate.
- Bake cakes and decorate them with your children. And exchange small, meaningful gifts with each other even if they are handmade.
- Watch some of your favorite childhood movies with your children or family members.
I have used some of these tips myself when money was tight and it really helps.
The main things are to enjoy life and make the best of the situation you are in and believe in a better future and it will come.
If a family member has passed on and you are suffering from depression, talk about the good times you remember and it will really help.
If you are severely depressed, please call 911 or the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1800-273-8255.
HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!