I admit it, sometimes I have the bah hum bug blues when the holiday season comes around and I want to just hide from the rat race of the stores, the traffic and all the expectations of getting gifts for everyone. Honestly, it has the potential of putting me into a cycle of moodiness and pessimism. On the other hand, the holidays have the power of creating magic, bringing enchantment and blessing me with miracles as well!
I love to watch the Christmas movies on TV that bring a spirit of belief that miracles can and do still happen and when everyone falls in love all over again. Lately I have experienced the need to tap into these positive beliefs and open the door for miracles to occur in my own life and I am learning that much of celebrating the holiday season is a matter of perspective, how I feel inside about my surroundings and the people I share it with.
I have four teens, one that could leave home at any given moment and one that is a year and a half away from graduating high school and two more just a few years after that. I want more than anything for them to have positive, uplifting holiday experiences that will promote lasting memories full of love, goodwill and happiness. And I want them to look forward to the holidays every year with anticipation and the passion to make each new year that comes the best year of their lives.
So to teens everywhere, I say, dress up the atmosphere, lift your spirits, spice things up and make your holidays rock! Don’t wait for your family to create the holiday atmosphere you want to experience. Start it yourself:
1. Draw near to God – (Observe the earth’s changes during the fall/winter season and notice every detail of God’s creations, Express gratitude to others for services rendered to you for a whole month, Start a Gratitude Journal at the beginning of November and record something you are grateful for every day, Read the first Christmas story from the Bible).
2. Start a new tradition in your family – (Go caroling every Christmas in your neighborhood, Bake cookies for a retirement home every year, Pick out a Christmas tree together on the same weekend every year, Choose a family or individual every December to do the 12 days of Christmas, Have a Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s Party and invite your extended family, etc.)
3. Do a service project – (Make Thanksgiving dinner and/or start a fund drive to provide Christmas for a less fortunate family, Rake leaves for a single mom, volunteer at your local food bank or soup kitchen, etc.)
4. Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the holidays – (Drive around and look at Christmas lights, Invest in a candle warmer and keep the scents of the season in the air, Decorate for each holiday – go all out, Play your favorite Christmas music, Watch Christmas movies, Try new recipes and bake and cook for teachers, friends, neighbors, etc.)
5. Make your own Christmas gifts – (Make gratitude journals, Make up rhymes to give with candy/goodies, Make Christmas stockings, Write a song/poem for someone special, Make coupons for services such as house cleaning, foot massages, shoveling snow, making a meal, etc., Crochet a hat or mittens, etc.)
6. Enjoy the Holidays to the fullest! (Dream! Sing! Dance! Play! Laugh! Pray! – and give your Love away!) Don’t hold back. Let yourself experience it all in slow motion and in color.)
Make your own list of traditions you want to see happen in your home and share them with your family. And by all means have fun and get excited about them. Excitement is contagious and has a way of rubbing off on those within it’s walls.
Go ahead, make it a Happy Teen Holiday Season this year that rocks!