Making The Most Of Christmas


So, it's nearly Christmas, and no matter what your feelings are towards it, positive or negative, there's no denying the fact that it's almost here. Christmas markets are running up and down the country, Christmas songs are playing non-stop on the radio and everyone's stocking up on their pigs in blankets ready for the day. 

Now, I just wanted to get this out there, I never used to be a Christmas person. I don't know why, I just went through a few years where I really didn't feel festive at all. Whether that was down to my mental health at the time, possibly, but I just never felt like celebrating the festive season.

This past year or two though, I've been feeling much more positive about the festive season. I don't know what caused this changed in mindset, maybe my circumstances changing I don't know, but I actually enjoy Christmas now and today I wanted to share with you how I make the most of the festive season, no matter how I'm feeling mentally. Below are just a few of the ways I'm making the most of Christmas this year, from practical activities to self-care, I hope you find something in this post that helps you.

Festive Crafts:

If you're into crafts like me, then one way to make the most of the festive season is by doing some festive crafts. Recently I did some tinsel and glitter art on canvas, it was really simple and I just used what I had lying around after decorating the tree, but the end result was really effective. (In my opinion anyway.) I now have a decoration I can use and keep year after year. I might buy a little cardboard cut-out of a snowman or something to decorate the centre of the canvas, but I'm really pleased with it. It definitely made me feel a lot more festive doing it and I'd recommend crafts to anyone who might be interested.


If there's one thing to love about Christmas it's got to be the decorations. This year I've gone for a blue, silver and white colour scheme but I love how creative you can get with the whole process. Colour schemes, types of decorations etc, you can really put your all into it and its so therapeutic to do.


Something I don't personally do because I can't be bothered to buy all the ingredients as it would mean going to a different supermarket to the one I usually go to, is baking. I love the idea of festive baking though - cinnamon, gingerbread and all-spice just smell gorgeous and I love the way it fills the room when you're doing it.

Be There For Others:

Christmas is a time for giving and personally, I think the greatest gift you can give someone is your time. 

Practise Gratitude:

Being grateful for what you have and not comparing it with others this Christmas is a great way to make the most of the festive season. If you don't already, I encourage you to write down, each day, three things you have to be grateful for. Whether it's the people around you, or even a gift you've been given, practising gratitude can help make you happy with your current situation and if you're not happy in your current situation, noticing the positives can help make you feel a bit better. 

Put Yourself First:

Putting yourself first at this time of year is so important. If there's commitments you can't keep, social outings you don't want to go to or anything else that might put too much stress on you, then cancel and put yourself first. You don't want to push yourself too far that you can't cope anymore, that's never a good thing, so make Christmas a time of self-care and self-compassion this year as well as giving back to others.

So those are my tips for making the most of Christmas, I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!

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  1. I love a good bit of Christmas crafting and baking - my favourite and an easy cheat from buying ingredients is the IKEA gingerbread dough! x

  2. I'm not a big Christmas person either and find it quite hard to get into the spirit but I love doing a bit of festive baking. Wrapping presents usually helps boost my spirits a bit too! x


  3. Such valuable advice. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the craziness that is Christmas and it can be very overwhelming x

  4. Great advice - especially the reminder to make yourself a priority. It's so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays and forget about yourself completely.

  5. Such great advice! Especially putting yourself first during this busy holiday season when you're constantly thinking of others! One of my favorite things to do during the holidays is to bake for certain people, like doctor's offices or a pharmacy, etc. that have been kind to me all year. I usually do something easy, like rice krispie treats, but every office I give them to seems to grateful and thankful, that it makes me realize how kind people are all year and they don't get any recognition for it. So that makes me happy to give back when I can :)

    Wonderful post!!

    Emily |

  6. Loved the post :) I love making Christmas crafts and I really liked the way you said that the greatest gift you can give is your time because that's so true!


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