Monday Mood Booster: The Holiday Season

holidays; christmas; winter; giving

Welcome to the eighth Monday Mood Booster post! Mondays are difficult for many reasons and sometimes we need a little pick-me-up. This series will run the first Monday of each month and highlight something that we love that helps us beat the Monday blues.

It’s the Holiday Season…if you immediately hear Andy Williams’ voice singing this Christmas song then I know you are also on team Holiday Season. Here are the reasons why the holidays are one of my favourite mood boosters.

There is an Increased Focus on Relationships

The holidays are all about spending time with loved ones. I love the opportunity to tell friends and family just how much they mean to me. In fact, sending holiday cards thanking people for the roles they play in my life is something that brings me such joy. Gratitude is a great gift to give any time of year, but especially during the holidays. Also, putting up the tree with ornaments that my grandfather handcrafted reminds me of the role he still has in my life even though he passed away years ago. Similarly, using my grandmother’s Christmas cookie recipes makes it feel as if she is right there in the kitchen with me. Each Christmas season is a reminder of every Christmas before it. And for me, they are some great memories with some great people.

The Food

My family has many traditions associated with holiday food. We still use my grandmother’s recipes to bake Christmas cookies and every time we bake them, I feel as if I am honouring her. ¬†While it is easy to over-indulge on during the holidays, I like to think of it as purposeful overindulgence because I am doing so to celebrate the year and the people in my life.

The Giving

The holidays and giving go hand in hand. I love seeing people donating their money and time to charities. It seems that everyone is just a little kinder this time of year. I try to keep the “giving spirit” with me all year round.

The Decorations

I just love seeing the city dressed up for the holidays. It reminds me of looking forward to the holidays as a kid and going to see all the Christmas displays with my family. Traditions make me smile and holiday traditions make me beam with joy. Even though the weather gets a little nastier and it gets darker a lot earlier, seeing all the holiday spirit helps bring a little light to the darkness.

The Reminder

I think what I love most about the holiday season is that it puts things into perspective. The things I love about the holidays are not holiday sales or the end of the year deadlines. What matters most during the holidays (and what should matter most all year round) is the people who make our lives worth living.

What do you love most about the holiday season?