7 Ways I Plan to Make This Christmas Season a Happy One for My Teens

The holiday season is my absolute favorite time of year. I realize that 2021 was not an easy year and that a lot of people are still struggling. Things just still feel a little off, a little different.

The holiday season is my favorite time of year. (Katie Smith)

I love the Christmas season

I have always loved the holidays and I don’t want to take something that has always brought me and my family so much joy, for granted. The holidays are something to look forward to and although we may not yet be able to do everything we used to do, there are things we can do to make the holidays feel special because Lord knows, we deserve it.

Seven ways to make the holidays special this year

1. We can slow down.

I’m looking forward to this the most. I mean, we got pretty good at it last year because we didn’t have much of a choice. But, in some ways and, for many of us, reemerging takes a ton of energy. I’m looking forward to less rushing through the days and more togetherness with my kids.

2. We can do things with intention.

There is more time to be at home with family and with things starting to open up we can pick and choose what we are comfortable doing and plan accordingly. And because we aren’t rushing around trying to do all the things, the events we can do will feel special.

3. We can improvise.

We have all learned that there are great things to watch right from the comfort of our own homes like Lifetime holiday movies. I don’t know about you, but snuggling at home in my pajamas enjoying a festive movie with all of my favorite snacks feels just as special as getting dressed up and going out.

4. We all have a lot to be thankful for this year.

I think many people have realized what’s important over the last few years. We are thankful for our jobs, our homes, and most importantly our health. Engaging in old traditions can bring a sense of normalcy and make us all feel better. Even if it’s just making your grandmother’s eggnog recipe.

5. We can put more energy into projects we’ve wanted to tackle.

For the past five years, I’ve wanted to get back into making Christmas ornaments to attach to gifts. My kids and I used to do this together before life got so busy. It’s also a great year to do something for yourself that you’ve wanted to do — learn a new language, take a virtual cooking class, or learn to knit.

6. We can take our time decorating.

Decorating our house for Christmas turned into something I’d rush through so it would be done before my annual cookie swap. It would always sneak up on me and somewhere in between basketball games and Christmas shopping, I’d get it done. But, this year I want to go into the woods and snip red berries. I want to make some decorations and decorate my home in a way that’s completely for the joy of it instead of looking at it as something I need to get done by a certain time.

7. We can relive some old traditions we haven’t done for a while.

When my kids were little, we’d pile in the car and look at the Christmas lights. They’d be wearing their pajamas, and we’d hit the drive-thru for some hot chocolate. They loved it. I probably loved it even more. As the years passed, we got too busy to make time for this tradition. We also stopped making cutout sugar cookies.

This year though, we will be making time to do all of these old traditions. We are going to enjoy making an evening out of them instead of rushing through them to check them off the list.

I’m looking forward to the holidays more than ever this year because I need something to brighten up these short, cold, dark days. And while I know it won’t be exactly what it was two years ago, we are certainly in a better place than we were last year.

I also know that I have the power to put a positive spin on the holiday season by adopting an attitude of gratitude. A positive attitude always feels better than giving up and not celebrating the most magical time of the year. It may not be exactly the same; maybe it’ll be better.

More to Read:

This Year I’m Replacing Holiday Excess With These 5 Things Instead

About Katie BinghamSmith

Katie Bingham-Smith lives in Maine with her three kids. She is a Staff Writer at Scary Mommy, shoe addict and pays her kids to rub her feet. You can see more of her on Facebook and Instagram .

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