Edited by- Jai Kalra
Tips for this, and every Christmas to come:
- Home is not a physical place, it lies somewhere in the proximity of your loved ones. So, if you have the option of going back to your home, pounce on it. There is no better refresh button than wrestling matches with dad, movies with your brother and baking cakes with mom. As Charlie Brown says, ‘It’s not what’s under the Christmas tree that matters, it’s who’s around it.’
- There is something inexplicably satisfying about warming up your fingers on mugs of hot chocolate wearing ugly sweaters and thick, fluffy, inexplicably comfortable socks. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, take some time out to explore the therapeutic effect of decorating a tree. Allow yourself to give into the spirit of childish wonder associated with the season.
- However efficient the idea of gifting money sounds – don’t. If you’re so sure you can’t develop telepathy and figure out what exactly they want, take a moment and think- what was that show they seemed really excited about last week? Remember that time they came up with a really good idea for a story but were frustrated because they didn’t have anything to write it down on? Get them some merch and a journal, and just like that you have a meaningful gift and a more meaningful relationship.
- Put up some fairy lights and watch ALL the Christmas movies. Watch the sad ones, the happy ones, the good ones and especially the bad ones. Watch them with your friends and watch them by yourself. Just don’t forget the popcorn and blankets.
- You may not believe in Santa anymore but you can still take on the role. You can be Santa to the orphans who live down your street, the ones who wonder what it’s like to be loved. It’s called the season of giving for a reason.
Remember, Christmas may be just another commercialized period of the year, but deep down it's undeniable that it has always meant something more. So let the joy seep into your being. Let yourself feel the spirit of Christmas.