Guide to a Can-Do Holiday Attitude
Ah, Winter Break. Remember when that was a thing? Remember when you had two or three weeks to sit around in your pajamas, sleep in, go shopping, hang out with friends, catch up on TV and family, and not worry about work or school? Winter break, was exactly that – a break from the monotony of life right in the heart of the holiday season.
In high school, you took a break from your afterschool sports, had extra time to write papers and finish projects, and could see your friends on your own time. In college, Winter Break was even more glorious because your semester had just ended, you had zero school responsibilities, and, as an added bonus, your parents probably missed you a lot and would wait on you hand in foot: See Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmWH1F-caM8.
But then you graduated and became a “real person” and realized that Winter Break doesn’t really exist (unless you’re a teacher or still in school). So this blog goes out to all the desk jockeys riding through December like it’s any other month. To the government workers, businessmen and women, doctors, nurses, pilots, and various other professionals who are working through December, we salute you.
Why? Because you’re probably missing that Winter Break of your youth desperately right now.
But, just because you don’t have an extended break doesn’t mean you can’t treat every day with that can-do holiday spirit. And it starts with checking that attitude at the door, each and every day.
Admittedly, it’s easy to forget your holiday spirit when you walk into work, especially when you’re faced with end-of-year reports and preparations for the New Year, on top of holiday arrangements that you can’t find the time for. But there’s something magical about attitudes – you’re in complete control of how you want to feel.
But how does that work? Read our 7 tips to take your attitude from Charlie Brown to Buddy the Elf.
1. Pump Up The Jams: Christmas Edition
Make a pact to listen to Christmas tunes on the way to work. No matter your religion, holiday songs can get you in the mood for the season with their positive messages of giving, love, cheer, and warm wishes. If you drive to work, 94.5 or 99.7 radio stations play Christmas music 24/7. Or plug in your iPod with any one of these playlists: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/23/christmas-playlists-in-time-for-the-holiday_n_4493335.html
2. Add Pops of Color To Your Work Ensemble
If your dress code allows it, swap your dark shirts with light blues, reds, greens, whites, and golds. If you work at a more casual office, bring out holiday sweaters. But, if you need to stick to a strict dress code, throw on some holiday socks – no one will know, but you!
3. Don’t Sweat It: Bring Sweets
Cookies, cakes, chocolate, homemade pies and desserts will put a smile on anyone’s face. Trying to be healthy? Fresh colorful fruit displays are both fun and delicious. This holiday season, pick a day to bring in some sweets and spread holiday cheer to your coworkers. The yummy treats and warm, sweet smells will remind everyone of their mother’s kitchen. Who knows, maybe you’ll start a trend.
4. Send Christmas Cheer Through Snail Mail
Remember fighting with your siblings over who gets to open that distant relative’s Christmas card? Restart that tradition on your own, by creating your own Christmas Cards. Websites like Snapfish offer great deals on cards, pictures, and shipping to get your message across. Emails may be replacing snail mail, but there’s something sweet about receiving a letter in the mail. Give someone that gift this holiday season!
5. Donate To Salvation Army
While the majority of the Salvation Army’s donations comes from online donations nowadays, nothing compares to the feeling you get when you drop a dollar or two into the little red kettle, knowing it will benefit the people in your community. A suggestion? Decide how much money you’d like to donate to the Salvation Army this year and either make an online donation or go to the bank and convert that amount into single dollars so you can put a dollar in each time you pass a worker as he/she rings the merry bell.
Read more about Salvation Army’s Christmas Assistance here: http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/christmas-assistance
6. Find Other Ways To Give Back To Your Community
Do what makes you happy, not what others are telling you to do. If you want to give back monetarily, through volunteer work, by devoting time to your family, that’s in your control. Find what will help you change your attitude this season. Looking for ways to give? Check out Parade’s list: http://parade.com/434386/alisongwinn/the-season-of-giving-30-ways-to-give-back/2/
7. Embrace The Nostalgia Of The Season
Embracing the holidays may mean gathering some youthful inspiration. If you have children, it’s easy to piggyback off their excitement. But if you don’t have children, try to trigger some nostalgia from your own childhood – you may find that it’s your key to holiday cheer. Around the holidays, you’re bound to run into an old friend, or an ex in the grocery store (thanks Dan Fogelberg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ar9Ip7pSqEg), and those connections will remind you of holidays past. While you’re digging up Christmases Past and Present, this season paves the way for putting some of your feelings to rest, understanding why you have them, and accomplishing something that’s been on your mind for a while. Not to mention, it’s a wonderful time to plan your New Year’s Resolutions.
So this year, try your best to reimagine the season of giving and treat every day like it’s the real Holiday Break 2015.
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