|A&P coffee ad from my collection|
* Use festively flavored coffee as your everyday coffee during this month. What we do is to buy Christmas coffee at the after-Christmas sales. Places like Marshalls and TJ Maxx often have it for 75% off. (They often have regular coffee in Christmas packaging on clearance, too. We snap it up. Coffee is coffee!)
* Or use unflavored coffee and a festive flavored creamer. Sometimes I use fat-free half & half along with just a splash of the flavored creamer.
* If you enjoy tea, stock up on the holiday teas as you have opportunity and sip a mug daily. Sometimes these are reduced after Christmas and sometimes not. Some of my favorites are Christmas Tea by Twining's, Candy Cane Lane by Celestial Seasonings, and White Christmas by Stash.
|a tea wallet I made as a gift|
* Some people use their Christmas dishes all through the month of December, and I think this is a great idea. Setting the table with Christmasy colored placemats is a nice idea too. At the very least, using Christmas mugs or teacups for your coffee or tea is fun.
* Listen to Christmas music as you go about your daily work.
* Do an Advent Bible study for your devotions. I'm a bit late suggesting this, but it does help keep one focused on the true meaning of Christmas. If you jumped into one now, it probably wouldn't be too late; you could double up on a day or two here and there. Or, refresh your memory on some verses from Luke 2 or Scripture passages where the Savior's birth is predicted or described.
* Take time to do some fun things like attend a Christmas concert, watch a Christmas DVD, bake some goodies or craft some simple ornaments. Set up an Advent calendar or a Christmas countdown.
* Decorate with fresh greens or festively scented candles for an energizing scent.
* In fact, put something small and Christmasy in every room of your house. It will make you smile every time you see it.
There are a few ideas! I'm sure you will think of more. We have so much to celebrate -- the coming of our Savior to earth, to be born as a Baby in a humble stable, to grow up and die, then rise again, so we would have a way of salvation. No, Jesus was almost certainly not born on December 25, but this is one time of year when the focus is on Him. Let's go about each day with a merry heart, ready to share His love with others at this festive time!