How to Have Fun When All Around You Are Getting Grumpy

  • Put on as background music, A Chipmunk Christmas.
  • Put out a plate of cookies in the middle of the day.
  • Make up at least one gag gift.
  • Invite dogs and cats into the gift-wrapping process.
  • Invite toddlers into the gift-wrapping process.
  • Go for a drive at night and look at Christmas lights.
  • Keep a pot of apple cider simmering, all day long.
  • Let the six-year-old help decorate—cookies, the tree, the packages.
  • Take the crankiest child on a little excursion, just the two of you, and ask for help picking out a present or ornament or book.
  • Dance around the house to “Jingle Bell Rock” and other oldies.
  • Go to the skating rink.
  • Help a neighbor put up lights or shovel snow.
  • Take Christmas cards, ornaments, or goodies to senior citizens you know.
  • Choose one day to sleep late and follow absolutely no agenda.
  • Make a date with a good friend (that may be your significant other)—just the two of you to have coffee or window shop or walk in the forest preserve.
  • Watch at least three Christmas movies.

How do you have fun during this season? Share your insights in the comments section.

About Vinita Hampton Wright 184 Articles
Vinita Hampton Wright has served as senior editor at Loyola Press for 16 years and recently became managing editor of the trade books department. She has written various fiction and non-fiction books, including the novel Dwelling Places with HarperOne, Days of Deepening Friendship and The Art of Spiritual Writing for Loyola Press, and most recently, The St. Teresa of Avila Prayer Book for Paraclete Press. Vinita is a student and practitioner of Ignatian spirituality, and from 2009 to 2015 she blogged at Days of Deepening Friendship. For the past few years, she has co-led small groups through the 19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises. She lives in Chicago with her husband, three cats, and a dog. In her “spare” time these days, she is working on her next novel.

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