There are lots of things we like about the holidays. Picking out the Christmas tree, getting lots of presents, decorated and lit up store windows, the cheery sound of carolers, buying gifts for people we care about, parties with friends and family, the sound of logs cracking in the fireplace, the clinking of glasses. Preparing for these festivities takes up most of December with everything culminating into one final bash at the end of the year on New Year’s Eve. Then, like the flip of a light switch, it’s all over in a blink and January’s gray days of winter and daily routines return. The holidays are one tough act to follow.
While January will probably never hold the same anticipation and excitement that December does, it doesn’t have to be such a big letdown. Here are some suggestions for making January something to look forward to.
Consider leaving the trains, lights and other decorations out a little longer. Just because the stores are putting out Valentine’s Day merchandise before the New Year’s Eve ball drops, doesn’t mean you have to put everything away. The holidays can linger in your house for as long as you like.
The winter weather doesn’t have to get you down either. For those of us living in colder parts of the country, ice skating and skiing are fun activities that make the winter months special. You can also make your favorite holiday meals. Roast a turkey, bake your favorite hash brown casserole and invite your friends over to celebrate making a last car payment or finally clearing out your basement.
Getting together with friends for a night of card and board games is also something to look forward to. Or, consider going to lectures at local museums or book readings at your local library. Volunteer work is another way to connect with others in your community. You’ll not only lend a helping hand, but you’ll also do good and kindle happiness.
By participating in some of these activities after the holidays, you’ll make the winter months special after all.