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January 4, 2024

5 Ways to Keep the Spirit of Christmas All Year Long

Carry the Joy of the Season Throughout The New Year


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After the fun of Christmas and New Year celebrations, the return to regular life can feel abrupt. But even though the holidays have ended, the Christmas spirit doesn’t have to. If you want to keep the joy and magic of Christmas alive all year long, it’s not only possible but easy! 

Here are a few festive ways to bring the wonder and fun of the Holidays to your daily life. It’ll be like Christmas never ends!

Volunteering and Giving Back

Christmas is the season of giving and many folks spend time over the holidays volunteering and helping others in need. Whether it’s working at a food pantry, donating to a homeless shelter, or delivering toys to needy kids, there are countless ways to give back to our communities. 

As great as all the giving is during Christmas, the needy in our communities are needy year-round. Many organizations could use that same level of help every single day of the year. So, a great way to keep the Christmas spirit alive all year long is to volunteer your time or donate whenever you can. Those that need assistance in your community will greatly appreciate you giving your time to help.

Some helpful tools:

  • Volunteer.gov lets you submit volunteer applications to sites across the US.

  • The Vomo app helps you find volunteer opportunities near you.

  • VolunteerMatch is a large nonprofit network with many volunteer listings across the US.

Reach Out to Loved Ones

For many, Christmas is one of the only times of the year when we can spend time with extended family. Being around loved ones, especially after a long absence, is what we look forward to around the holidays. 

Luckily, we live in a time where telecommunications are the most advanced they've ever been. Why not try a monthly scheduled call, Zoom, Facetime, or Skype visit with a loved one? It’ll make the time until you see each other again feel shorter and you won’t feel as cut off from distant friends and family.

Plan a Weekly Family Game or Movie Night

Adults and children sitting on the floor playing a bingo-like Christmas game, with snow outside the window and a Christmas tree in the background.
Adults and children sitting on the floor playing a bingo-like Christmas game, with snow outside the window and a Christmas tree in the background.
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The lead-up to Christmas is filled with wintery outings, holiday movies, and fun. Once the holiday is over, everyone is busy with work, school, or just life in general. But despite everyone having full schedules again, you can still make time to be together. 

Pre-plan fun activities for a fixed day each week. Whether it’s to stay home for a family movie night or make time to play a game, everyone will appreciate the advanced notice and the quality time with one another.

Bake or Buy a Christmas Treat and Freeze It

The flavors of the Christmas season aren’t normally prevalent during the rest of the year. Gingerbread on Easter isn’t usually a family favorite, nor is eggnog a part of Fourth of July. That doesn’t mean it can’t ever be! 

Christmas treats are the perfect thing to bring the smells and tastes of the season into any month. You can buy baked goods or snacks from the store or even bake some yourself and freeze them. Whenever the Christmas mood strikes, you can chow down on a Yuletide favorite, even if it’s St. Patrick’s Day.

Christmas in July

The dead heat of summer, also known as July, is usually considered the complete antithesis of the wintery Christmas Season. This is probably the exact reason why people started having Christmas fun in the middle of summer! 

It’s even celebrated by some television channels that’ll air movies like Elf and Home Alone when it’s eighty-five degrees out. Why not participate with your family in some type of way? It might seem silly, but it can be a fun way to bring a little bit of that Christmas magic into your lives, no matter the month.