It’s the same thing every year: Christmas music on the radio, Christmas movies on Freeview and special TV shows and programmes – Christmas is literally all around us and we tend to get bored by it. As a result, the “Christmas Spirit” gets lost somewhere for along the way…
However, there is no reason to despair ;-) A few tips and tricks might rekindle that warm Christmas feeling and the excitement for the holidays you last felt as a Child. Studentpad thus presents to you a special list of 5 easy-to-do methods that will surely improve your holiday experience. The key here is not to over-do it. If you don’t feel very “Christmassy”, just don’t do it. Psychologists have a name for that, it’s called the “Push-Pull Theory”: if you push some idea inside your head to hard, the end result will seem to “run” away from you more and more. So try to take a relaxed approach on the whole issue and don’t (emotionally) stress yourself.
The basic idea of this list is to surround yourself with Christmas things that will simply remind you of your childhood! You don’t need to buy anything new and fancy kitsch. Try instead to stimulate all of your 5 senses (sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell) in different ways to change the atmosphere around you.
· Firstly, treat your ears with some beautiful Christmas music – but pick a holiday soundtrack that fits your personality: everybody listens to Mariah Carey or Michael Bublé, but if you want to try something different, try Coldplay’s “Christmas Lights”, George Michael’s “December Song” or “Don’t shoot me Santa” by The Killers (if you don’t already know them). The point is to discover or re-discover something new! HERE is a list with Christmas Hit Singles in the UK sorted by popularity and launch year.
· Secondly, fill your student accommodation with Christmas smells: Everybody loves the smell of cinnamon and/or hot chocolate. You can also buy perfumed candles with different fragrances of the season.
· Thirdly, you should definitely try watching a few Christmas movies. You’ve probably seen A Christmas Carol (all of them) or The Scrooge several times by now, so maybe it’s time to go for the non-classical approach this year: the first “Die Hard”, a really good choice followed by “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang”. Check this list of Best Christmas Movies for more inspiration.
· Fourthly, Christmas has a wonderful taste – provided you enjoy the many delicacies of the season. Minced pies, sausage rolls and other delicious traditional culinary treats are great, but if you just had enough of them (you never should, but just in case) you can try and cook for you, your friends and family some Christmas food from around the globe. You will definitely have a great time experimenting with these amazing recipes.
· Last but not least, there is the sense of touch that also belongs to a warm Christmas atmosphere; even if it sound a little weird, try and be more affectionate. Shake hands more often, hug your friends a bit more when you meet up and trust us – it will make a world of differences and people will feel closer to you. Just be sensitive about it and don’t overdo it, otherwise you might appear as a little over the top.
The Studentpad team would like to thank you for am amazing year and wishes you a wonderful Holiday season and all the best wishes for 2015!
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