Let's face it, this year hasn’t exactly been great for anybody. As it draws to a close, instead of focusing on the negative, let's look to the future and start getting into the festive spirit! Getting into the spirit a little earlier this year can have tremendous benefits for you and your life. It doesn't matter what holiday you're celebrating, it can be Diwali, Hanukkah or Christmas, there are small things that you can do that will instantly make you feel part of the holiday spirit!
Put up some decorations!
Decorating your living room is a great way to celebrate special occasions, no matter what time of the year it is. What decorations you use are completely up to you and what you want to celebrate but there are some general things that you can do. You could put up festive decorations, there’s no shame in hanging up a wreath or putting up some tinsel around your mantle piece. They are a great way to brighten up your home for the festive period. If you feel like putting up larger pieces is a little excessive then that’s ok, sometimes less is more. It can be something as simple as using a scented candle that reminds you of the holidays or you can even have some music playing in the background which puts you in the festive mood. Even something as simple as hanging a special ornament off of the mantlepiece can really set the tone for your living room.
Lighting is very important to setting a mood, no matter what time of year it is. For the festive period this doesn’t mean that you have to set up thousands of tacky multi-coloured lights to set the mood, instead you should take a minimalist approach. Using simple yet effective lighting can really brighten up your home in a festive way. Buying a small set of lights to set around your mantle can really evoke that winter feeling. You should also use naturalistic light sources as well such as a fireplace. Another great source of festive lighting is candles. With a well put together display, you can create a warm and welcoming feeling in your living room, perfect for the final month of the year. Candles are also easy and cheap to buy, meaning that you won’t have to worry about your bank account when you are buying them!
What’s more festive than baking? There are some many food items which are closely associated with the festive period that it is hard to eat them at any other time of the year. Luckily, now is the time when you are free to start indulging yourself! Even if you can’t cook, there are so many online guides available it’s pretty hard to mess up. Food such as gingerbread, brownies and mince pies are perfect for this time of year and incredibly simple to make. For instance, mince pies can be made in just less than an hour, including prep time! Homemade is always a better choice than store bought, you’ll find that with festive baked goods such as mince pies are particularly tastier than store bought food because of the fresh ingredients that you use which actually make homemade food taste fresher and better. This is because the ingredients used for homemade baking typically have much less additives in them than baked goods in stores do. You can also try drinks such as mulled wine, which are synonymous with the end of year period. Even the smell of mulled wine is enough to ignite the aromas of the festive time. Of course, you don’t have to have a drink which contains alcohol. How about making some hot chocolate for your friends and family instead. Right now is a perfect time to eat and drink whatever you want! Before everyone starts exercising and trying to eat healthy again in January because of their ‘new year's resolutions’.