Times are extremely tough at the moment - and it's totally normal to feel like Christmas has snuck up on us, fast. Rest assured, we can promise you that you are not turning into the Grinch! We've come up with ten ways that you can start getting into the Christmas Spirit below.
1. Start The Tunes
Did you know it's literally proven that music can change our mood? The statistics don't lie - and those Christmas classics you remember as a child will bring not only feelings of nostalgia, but happiness too. We highly recommend playing your favourite Christmas playlist whilst doing something mundane - like washing the dishes, or cleaning your house - to add that extra bit of sparkle to your day.
2. Our Environment Is Important
When a flower doesn't bloom, do you blame the flower, or its environment? You change its space! This is what you need to do too. Whether that's adding a homemade wreath to your door, dangling Christmas fairy lights across your balcony, or buying your favourite festive flowers, adding that little bit of Christmas-uumph to your space will help to get you into the holiday mood.
3. Christmas Movie Night
Whether it's The Holiday, Home Alone or Elf, we know for a fact you have a Christmas movie that you know and love. Get all cosy with your favourite brand of hot cocoa and immerse yourself in the festive films to really lift your spirits. This task for sure takes the least amount of effort!
4. Tantalise Your Taste Buds
What scent reminds you the most of Christmas? Cinnamon, nutmeg, dates... Whatever it may be, find a recipe and bake for your loved ones. There is nothing more holiday-like than giving something homemade. Plus, it'll make your home smell beautiful.
5. Get Yourself Ready
Look good, feel good. The saying is NOT a myth. Once you look great, you'll start to feel it too. Indulge in some well-deserved self care before your festivities. Lacking inspiration? Here at Oxygen Boutique, we have our very own Wellness Gift Guide with presents galore to choose from. Treat yourself.
You are who you surround yourself with, so why not be among people who may as well have an elf name-badge stuck on their front? There are hundreds of people, all around the UK, that volunteer their time to others this Christmas. Whether it be at your local food bank, church, Christmas tree store - there are plenty of places to find. Do something good for others, and it'll make you feel super good. We promise!
7. Host A Pre-Christmas With Friends
Christmas is all about family and loved ones. Have your table full of friends a little earlier than Christmas Day to make the festivities feel even longer.
8. Be Adventurous With Your Wrapping
Picture this. It's a Sunday before Christmas, you have music playing and it's snowing outside. You're wrapped up all cosy at your dinner table, taking care to wrap your families presents extra beautifully this year, whilst you wait for your gingerbread to cook in the oven. That's a first class ticket to Christmas Spirit Town if you ask us!
9. Be Among The Culture
Energies are infectious, and if you find yours is lacking - go and find someone else's. Whether that be Oxford Street, Harrods, Selfridges, an ice-skating rink, a Christmas light switch-on - whatever. There are hundreds of thousands of people around you right now that can't wait for Christmas. Be among them and they might just help you find your festive spirit too.
10. Be Kind To Yourself
If Christmas feels tough for you right now, let it. It's so important not to always fight these things. It might be your first Christmas without someone, your first Christmas newly divorced, or your first Christmas alone... we are here for you. There is a lot of pressure to feel a certain way around the holiday period, and it's completely fine not to feel festive and cheerful. Make sure you tell someone how you are feeling. Here at Oxygen Boutique, we extend a hand to you - and hope that you do find a tiny slice of happiness this holiday season. And if not, we have next year. Look after yourself.