So Christmas is over and you’re feeling the ho-hum blues. All that buildup for the holidays and then what? A bit anti-climatic. Am I right?
Think of the prep work you did, starting in early October when the first box of tinsel went on sale at your local Michael’s. You hosted the entire family for Christmas dinner. You bought and wrapped every single present, including the one for Aunt Agatha who since you were born has gifted you a crisp one-dollar bill. No more, no less. Plus, think of the late night you spent making that gingerbread house, that little cousin Billy took apart in less than 15 seconds and fed to the cat.
Well, I don’t need to go into all the details of everything you did to make Christmas 2015 the most spectacular celebration of them all. You know you gave it your all.
You did and now it’s done. The last Spritz cookie has been eaten. The presents have been opened and you’ve placed Aunt Agatha’s dollar bill in the bowl you keep for spare change. Enough said.
And now you’re in a post-holiday funk because it’s all over, and everyone has bid farewell until next year.
Sure, the countdown to New Year’s Eve is just beginning, but who considers New Year’s Day to be as big a deal as Christmas? Ringing in the new year is no more than an annoying reminder that you’re not getting any younger.
So now that the spirit of the season is pretty much on its way out, and you’ll be heading back to work very, very soon, what are you going to do? Keep celebrating, that’s what!
Don’t let the date on the calendar compel you to put away all the decorations for another year. Leave them all out on display! When the tree starts to fade to a crispy brown, spray paint it green! Here are some other tips to keep Christmas going all year round:
Continue baking your favorite Christmas cookies and share them with friends or bring them to the office, to share with your colleagues.
For Valentine’s Day, hold another Secret Santa with your co-workers.
Ask friends to go caroling with you come spring.
Take out your stash of holiday DVD films and watch them all–again and again! Who says you can’t watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” in March or “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” in July? And though it might be getting warm outside, you can still light a fire–preferably in the fireplace–and get all cozy under a plush throw blanket, while while binge watching your collection of Christmas flicks.
Invited to a birthday party? Wrap your gift in Christmas wrap. Explain to the recipient that for you, honoring Christmas is a year-round affair, thank you very much!
Someone getting married? Offer to create a music playlist for them and choose only Christmas songs. Won’t that be a hoot in June as they walk down the aisle to the tune of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town?”
Casual Friday at the office? Not for you! You’re going to work in style–dressed as an elf!
Invited to a party for St Patrick’s Day? Don’t bring green beer, bring green eggnog!
Keep your fridge stocked with mincemeat pie. And so what if you don’t like it? Nothing says Christmas like a slice of mincemeat pie!
When friends come over, regale them with a reading of Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol.” Should anyone roll their eyes when you announce your intention, impress them even more by memorizing the story and acting out all the parts. Practice saying over and over, “God bless us, everyone!”And be sure to say it often!
And while we’re on the subject, have your name legally changed to Fezziwig or Tiny Tim, just to prove how into Christmas–and Dickens–you are.
At your next hair appointment, or when you next see the dentist for your semiannual check up, ask politely, “Are you ready for the holidays?” or “Do you still have more shopping to do?” When they look at you curiously, simply keep smiling and let them know that you yourself are ready, indeed. Then hand them a candy cane from a stack you keep in your purse to help make your point.
If by some chance September arrives and finds you feeling a bit self-conscious of the fact that you haven’t stopped celebrating the most wonderful time of the year, and everyone else is holding end of summer barbecues, fear not. Within weeks we’ll all be getting ready for the holidays again, putting up the outside lights and decking the halls with boughs of holly.
And lucky you! You’ll be way ahead of the game, thanks to your perseverance and obsession with keeping glad tidings all year round.
So let’s get started, as I exclaim now and everyday this coming year,
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!