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Tips on making Christmas seem less daunting

Christmas can be a difficult time for people

Written by Kyle Lehane and posted in opinion

This is an opinion of a young person and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of It is one person's experience and may be different for you. If you'd like to write something for please contact

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or at least that’s what they say isn’t it? The snow covered fields, tinsel decorated trees and mistletoes are supposed to be bringing joy and smiles to all around however that’s not the case with some. These people, more commonly called Christmas Grinch’s, are often being put down for not being in the Christmas spirit and that they should just cheer up. This then leads to them being told to stop bringing people down and to just embrace the festivities. Here’s the thing though, some people can’t cheer up. It isn’t that simple. Some people find this time of year extra hard for loads of different reasons. This is why we should try extra harder to bring a bit more optimism and be more understanding towards those who are having a tough time.

Here are some tips in how to make this holiday season seem less daunting:

  • Positive things: Just by writing down five positive things that happened to you every day youwill instantly make you feel more joyful. Also this will change your mindset from focusing on the negative to the positive.
  • Enjoy the weather: This can be easier said than done at times. Go out in the snow and make a snowman. Build a fort and have an epic snowball fight with your friends. Whatever it is use the weather as a way to build memories with your friends and family.
  • Treat yourself: Presents can often bring stress and anxiety. It’s important to remember however though that you get to celebrate the holidays too. Go out and buy yourself a gift, you deserve it! Think of it as rewarding yourself for getting through the Christmas period unscathed.
  • Exercise: Physical activity releases chemicals in the brain which lifts your mood. By going for a quick walk with your dog or friend you’ll soon see your mood levels rise.
  • Take it one day at a time: Take each day as it comes. If you have a bad day, that’s okay. Don’t dwell on it, there’s another chance for better things to come the next day. It’s time we face this holiday season prepared. The time of feeling guilty for not being “in the Christmas mood” is over. The holidays don’t have to the scary period that they once were anymore. 
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Published December 9th, 2015
Last updated December 31st, 2015
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