Christmas has the ability to raise an array of emotions and while it heightens some of the simplest of pleasures it can also amplify disappointments.

During the lead up to Christmas, we often forget to stop, breathe and remember the beauty of Christmas—what it signifies and how to truly be merry.

We have 4 simple ways to help you and your loved ones have the merriest of Christmases. A celebration filled with fun and love.

Forgiveness

Holding on to resentment and past hurts can weigh us down like a tonne of bricks. It can get to the point where some people just adapt to the extra load and keep on trudging along. Whether it be a lost love, a friend you have fallen out with or a family member that you no longer talk to—Christmas is the perfect time to forgive and forget. Regardless of what the backstory may be, step outside of the story and just forgive. Forgiveness does not mean you condone a behaviour, it just means you have the emotional intelligence to put it aside. Consider the cost of not forgiving and how free you could really be if you just gave it up.

Give it away

You really start to live life well when you give your love away. Love others for who they are as well as who they are not. It’s easy to love those that love you, so look at who you struggle to give love to—be it an enemy or someone that you are not naturally comfortable around. They are the ones that need it the most. I guarantee the love with will come back to you in all sorts of ways.

Random Act of Kindness

There is always an opportunity for random acts of kindness and Christmas can be one of the times when people need it most. Open you heart, eyes and mind and there will be opportunities for you to make a difference to someone else. Purchase someone’s coffee, leave a note of inspiration on someone’s car windscreen, give a homeless person a sandwich, give a child a gift, add something under the K-Mart wishing tree for a child less fortunate than most. Any act will do.

Christmas is different for us all. Many of us are overwhelmed with life’s crazy pace and Christmas is a time we should force ourselves to stop and take a break – whatever our circumstances.

Less Fortunate

There are so many people who don’t have family or friends to share this special time of year with. If you are one of the lucky ones who is sharing it with loved ones, think about where you can contribute to those who aren’t. Local churches and councils arrange an array of things for people to get involved with and contribute to a great cause. The true gift of Christmas is in giving without the expectation of receiving.

Christmas is different for us all. Many of us are overwhelmed with life’s crazy pace and Christmas is a time we should force ourselves to stop and take a break whatever our circumstances. Whether you are facing loneliness over the break, dealing with family challenges or just trying to stay afloat in this hectic time of year, take some time to make Christmas a bit special for yourself and those around you.

It seems that many of us are focused on racing to an invisible finish line which signifies that there will be some magical new beginning on the other side. If that includes you, you owe it to yourself to make it a beginning filled with love.

How will you spend your Christmas?