Is anyone else suffering from Christmas withdrawal? My daughter pointed out to me on Wednesday that it’s the saddest day of the year for her – December 26, the day after Christmas.
All the magic stops. Cold Turkey.
The happy, fun, beautiful Christmas songs on the radio have come to a screeching halt.
No more Christmas music and jingling bells in the malls.
The happy holiday shoppers have been replaced with half-crazed bargain hunters.
The wrapping paper and pretty presents aren’t under the tree anymore.
The anticipation of having people open their gifts from you has been replaced with a pile of new things to be put away and the used wrapping paper and boxes.
The anticipation of all the fun Christmas/holiday events don’t hold the magical, fantasy feel that they did before December 25.
We have always had so many fun, family holiday traditions, starting the day after Thanksgiving. For example:
1. Pulling out the pile of our favorite Christmas books to read before bed every night, ending with The Polar Express and Twas the Night before Christmas on Christmas Eve.
2. Watching our favorite Christmas movies, starting the day after Thanksgiving. (Our current favorites include The Family Man, The Santa Clause, Home Alone, and The Holiday. Sometimes we still watch the older, classic ones, like It’s a Wonderful Life and Scrooge and Miracle on 34th Street.)
3. Play games – family time. Ping-pong or playing Apples to Apples.
How about implementing a set of After-Christmas traditions? Why should the fun end abruptly on December 25?!
Here are some ideas to milk the holidays for all they’re worth:
- Hide some little presents around the house to be discovered throughout the year.
- Stick one in your spouse’s lunch or briefcase, or stuffed down a sleeve, that will be found on that 1st day back at work.
- Stick a movie gift certificate or Red Box certificate in their wallet, so that it will be found the first time they buy something.
- Make a surprise entry on their calendar for a fun event or special date, which will be discovered later. If I found a little note tied to a favorite, warm throw, saying that we had a date to go see a Christmas-light or fireworks display on a certain date, that would make me smile.
- Stick a gift in a glove or tied to a snow-shovel handle – maybe an IOU for a cup of hot chocolate when they’ve finished shoveling next time. Or yummy smelling lip balm to keep them company out there – poor dears!
- Maybe a new, warmer hat inside that ratty old hat. Or new socks magically taking the place of old, holey ones, which they’ll find when they open the drawer at some later date. A little note on top will make them smile.
- Or how about just putting a bow on or tying a ribbon around random items throughout the year that let people know you were thinking of them when you got the item. The FlyLady at www.FlyLady.net is fond of saying that nothing says I Love You like making sure you don’t run out of TP!! I know – TMI, right? Well, I’d be happiest if I was about to run out of Kleenex and saw a new, pretty box with a bow on top! That would definitely make me smile.
Please leave a comment and share your favorite holiday traditions and/or add to my After-Christmas ideas. Ho, ho, ho!