The holiday season is full of traditions and feelings of comfort and joy. We have a reason to celebrate. A reason to indulge. A reason to get together and be in good company. There are many reasons why people look forward to the holiday season, but when the holidays have passed, many of us struggle to keep that feeling of joy and community going. The post-holiday season can feel like a bit of a letdown, but there are ways to keep the spirit going.
Keep the Joy Alive
Think about what exactly you enjoy about the holidays. If it’s the family meal, try planning a dinner party for friends. You can create a menu and set the table beautifully and it gives you that sense of community and coming together. If you enjoy finding and giving gifts, there are always birthdays, anniversaries, and other milestones to celebrate. Keep a running list of gifts you think loved ones would enjoy. Sometimes, just the act of finding the perfect gift for someone else can give you that sense of excitement and anticipation.
One of the most beautiful things about the holiday season is that everyone seems to take care of each other during that time of year. Food pantries receive extra donations and there are plenty of volunteers to go around. But after the holidays, those organizations may not receive the same support. Find a place where you can volunteer your time or resources after the holidays. Taking care of others can help you feel connected and community service can boost self-esteem and confidence.
If you’re the type of person that hangs every Christmas card on your refrigerator, don’t forget that snail mail brings joy all year round! Sometimes it’s the unexpected card or letter that can be the most memorable. Send a congratulatory card to the friend who just got a new job. Send a letter to your grandparents describing some of your favorite childhood memories at their house. Spreading cheer through correspondence can continue far past the holiday season.
For many of us, being with friends and family is the most important part of the holidays. When we all live far apart, the holidays are a reason to come together. But the holidays don’t have to be the only time you come together. A simple thing like a weekly game night or a big event like a family reunion can all be a good excuse to gather together. Even just scheduling time for coffee with coffee and friends can help you feel connected throughout the year.
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