It’s the end of the year, making it the perfect time to celebrate! Whether you
just finished your fall semester, or fourth quarter deadlines at the office,
you deserve to cut loose a little from all the hard work you’ve put in over the
recent months. And, what better way to have an excellent time than to partake
in holiday festivities?
The holiday spirit is hard to outrun, so might as well
indulge in yummy food, fun times, and great friendships! This time of year can
get a little stressful and hectic, so here are some ideas on how to wrap holiday cheer into a busy schedule.1. Attend a holiday parade.
cheer enthusiast, chances are you’ve already participated in, or have been
invited to at least one community parade
over the recent holiday season.
But, if you haven’t had time to enjoy one and your town has a parade left on the calendar, join your
neighbors to light up the night with fun floats and performances! Everyone loves
a parade, and it only lasts about an hour or two on a weekend morning or evening. No excuses!
2. Look the part.
Even if you are
too busy with work or your personal life to attend an official holiday event, you can still be
festive in your outerwear! Wear a Santa hat, a holiday tie, red or
green leggings, or anything else that fits the season. If you seriously don’t
own any holiday winter wear–don’t despair! Get into the holiday spirit by
coordinating a red and green outfit, or by adding Christmas tree or snowman designs to your manicure!3. Give back to your support system.
If your office or cheer team is hosting a gift exchange,
you don’t even have to
go out of your way to get into the holidays. Participating also let’s your
teammates or your co-workers know that you care! ‘Tis the giving
season, so make sure that you give back to the people closest to you in a
holly, jolly way.
4. Throw an impromptu get-together.
Have nothing on the horizon to look forward to? Arrange an informal, yet festive soirée at your place, or at a local business! You can invite your nearest and
dearest, or acquaintances you rarely see; no matter who attends, the point is
that you brought people together
for the sake of the holiday season. This
doesn’t even have to cost a lot, either! You can find cheap Christmas décor at
99 Cents Stores or in the bargain section of grocery stores. Cut up some
veggies, make a cheese dip, and grab a bag of chocolates for appetizers at your house, or head to a local café you've been too busy to try!
5. Decorate your home.
Okay, so there are a lot of introverts out there that don’t
necessarily like to step outside of their comfort zone–busy ones that don't have the time, anyway! But, there are options for
you, too! If you don’t want to draw attention from strangers wearing holiday
garb around town, decorate your place
with holiday wreaths, signs, or plush
toys to make your arrival home from school or work all the more special at the
end of every day. You can splurge and get a tree (especially if you’re hosting your
family for Christmas), or place a couple small poinsettias around your room or apartment. Don’t
forget to wrap the gifts you got for others, and place them prominently in your
home to remind you what time of year it is as you run from commitment to commitment!
What are other ways to wrap holiday festivities into a busy schedule? Let us know
in the comments!