Igniting the Christmas spirit
With November and the election behind us, it’s the time of year when people begin to really focus on Christmas.
But each day I wake up to negative comments on social media and upsetting news stories from around the world. And it made me wonder, with plenty of negativity in the world, how does one boost the Christmas spirit?
I took the time last week to Google getting into the Christmas spirit.
Although many results were repetitive and traditional — like spending time with family — there were some that were a little more commercial, such as shopping.
I thought I would create my own list for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to tell them how I have gotten into the Christmas spirit in the past that many may not think to try. Here is my top six: Number six — A children’s Christmas concert. So you don’t have children in school? You don’t know anyone in a play? Many concerts sell tickets. Sometimes churches and community groups also put off performances. If kids dressed like presents doesn’t put a smile on your face, I don’t know what will.
Number five — Nothing makes me feel more in the Christmas spirit than seeing Santa. Regardless if I actually get in line at the mall and get on the big guy’s lap for a photo, it’s sometimes exciting just to see him interact with children. And when Santa bellows out a deep, “Ho, ho, ho,” I immediately feel like it’s Christmas.
Number four — Take in a Christmas parade. Some people haven’t lined the streets of their hometown in years to see the floats, dancers and organizations participate. So bundle up in your boots, coats, mitts and hats, and go check out your local parade. If Santa’s sleigh doesn’t get your spirit flowing, maybe the expression on the kids’ faces will.
Number three — Christmas songs. I know, some stores have been playing them for almost a month already. But each year I upload a list of holiday tunes to my iPhone and rock out in the car, listen to them at work or play them on blast when I’m home wrapping Christmas gifts. Instead of being sick of hearing Santa Baby, just sing along. It sure makes me feel better. Oh, and I recommend the Madonna version of “Santa Baby.” You can dance along — boo doo bee doo
Number two — Donate to a Christmas gift drive. Whether you pop by the local mall and drop something off at the toy tree, or head to a women’s shelter or group home with gifts for the kids there, the feeling of making someone else feel good is what Christmas is supposed to be about.
Finally, in the number one position — eat Christmas treats. OK, so it’s not as profound as spending time with family and friends, or as expected as shopping, but it’s one thing I do every year. Whether it’s a Terry’s Chocolate Orange — oh come on, you know you want one — or a candy cane, Christmas snacks and food often ignite the senses, bringing a feeling of nostalgia.
Whenever I taste or smell a gingerbread man, I am reminded of when I was 10 years old and living in Toronto. My grandmother, who is now 96, used to bake them and decorate them with little silver candy. My siblings and I still get those silver candies and decorate our own each year. It brings us together, but it’s the tradition of the cookies that awakens the Christmas spirit.
Do you have something that you do to get into the Christmas spirit? I would love to hear about it. Email me your tricks of the trade.
Have a fun, exciting and delicious Christmas season.
Burin-Bonavista-Trinity MP Judy Foote bows her head in front of a display honouring Whiteway’s war heroes during a Remembrance Day event in the community held Nov. 11. Approximately 100 people came out for the solemn occasion. It was held at the Whiteway Memorial Centre.
On Wednesday, Nov. 25, the 1st Bay Roberts Girl Guides held their Enrolment Ceremony where 16 new members officially became Girl Guides. As part of a community service project, the Guides donated gifts to the Magic Room at Ronald McDonald House. The gifts included toys and gift cards.