With twelfth night quickly approaching (5th FYI), twinkling fairy lights and glistening baubles are being packed away for another year. Festive wrapping paper has long been put in the bin and the only thing your Christmas jumper is keeping warm is the dust bunnies. All that’s left is January Blues to hit you harder than Miley Cyrus on construction equipment. It’s not going to be a pretty sight. So why do we have to go through this annual misery like its some sort of community service initiative, everyone mopping around, heads down and wearing a frown? Why can’t it just be Christmas every day?
You can’t blame me really, can you? I mean, it’s not often that people can smile to strangers on the bus, and have something exciting to look forward to every day. After a month of daily chocolate and beauty surprises, how is January supposed to be anything but a huge disappointment? Apart from Pinterest-transformation everywhere seems to undergo, Christmas is about an endless supply of positivity, happiness and family time. During the other 11 (10 if you push it) months of the year, you’re unlikely to spend so much time with your friends and family because you will be doing stuff. Boring grown-up life stuff that everyone has to be do, but no-one enjoys. But at Christmas, all that stuff if forgotten until the new year, giving you more time for fun. Office parties, family meals, christmas markets, the opportunities are endless. Until the fun police come back to work on January and normal life resumes. And do we even need to mention the sparkles? At no time of the year is it more acceptable than to wear glitter from head to toe. And be considered perfectly sane. This is the world I want to live in.
So how am I going to say goodbye to Christmas? I’m not. I’m going channel my inner-elf every single day and this is how you can too:
- Take time out to relax with friends and family as much as you can. Arrange meals, nights in, nights out. Just organise it and be filled with cheer.
- See the positive in everything. You’re too broke to go out this January? Take time to relax with a good book, or get your friends round for a board game.
- Smile. Ditch your resting bitch face and spread some joy.
- Say yes to every opportunity. You know why you have a good time at Christmas? Because you fill the month with fun things. And how to do you fill a month? You say yes to things. Easy right?
How are you making Christmas last all year round?