How to … be less of a Grinch

I have a love/hate relationship with Christmas. Some days I really love it, other times I really struggle to get festive and feel like its just another month. I seem to always be stressed at Christmas through exams and as it comes round so fast now it like it creeps up on you and everyone suddenly expects you to be full of cheer. If like me you can’t just switch it on like Christmas lights, try a few of my tips to banish your inner Grinch.

Watch Christmas Films. If you can’t beat them, join them. From the Grinch to Home Alone nothing spells out Christmas like an exceptionally cheesy, family film. Even if your still not really for full on glee, Love Actually and The Holiday are perfect to break yourself in slowly. All together now “Where are you Christmassss ….”

Go to a Christmas Market I’m so lucky when it comes to Christmas Markets as I happen to have Europe’s largest a 5 minute walk away from my University in Manchester. There’s something about them which really works all your senses into Christmas over-load and you can’t help but get that festive feeling.

Make a Gingerbread House You can get ready-made sets for under £5 from most supermarkets if you don’t fancy making the gingerbread from scratch, but there’s nothing like doing traditional Christmas activities, especially if said activities involving sweets and icing, to make you merry.

Sing loud and proud Shove on a Christmas CD or go to a carol concert but whatever you do make sure you throw yourself fully into it. Dance round the living room even if you have two left feet and grab the hairbrush because it will put a smile on your face.

Walk around One of my favorite things to do at Christmas is go for a nigh time walk with Oliver and look at all the pretty fairy lights. My area really make an effort and the lights have got me excited from being little so just to take a step back and relax taking in the atmosphere.

Decorate Lastly, but by no means least, decorate. Decorate the house, decorate cards, decorate cakes, decorate yourself. Immerse yourself in your own winter wonderland complete with hideously festive knitwear, flashing earrings, and a pair of Christmas erm sunglasses?! Whatever’s going, take it because it will eventually make you full of festive cheer. 

And if all that fails, well just fake it till you make it, or until Christmas is over, after all there’s only half a month left.

Have you got any top tips to help spread Christmas Cheer?