….without being totally annoying!
By Sophie Isbister, Life & Style Editor
Halloween is over, which means one of two things: either you’re one of the people taking to social media to bemoan the existence of Christmas decorations cropping up in stores so early, or, like me, you’re overjoyed that we can finally drop all that spooky black and orange in favour of some festive and cheerful red and green.
The first week of November has typically been the jumping-off point for the big consumerist Christmas push, and understandably this annoys many. But a distinct camp of people exist who live for this time of year. Seasonal baked goods, the giving spirit, and reminders of the joys of the season (both religious and secular) are all things that some people look forward to even in sunny July.
If you fall in the latter group, how do you go about being a Christmas keener without being totally annoying to your more Grinch-like friends and loved ones? Well, there are myriad ways to imbue your life with the holiday spirit without breaking out the Mrs. Claus costume and blow-up lawn reindeers.
You can always start small, and start with yourself. When it comes to the Christmas spirit, actions speak louder than tacky decorations and way-too-soon nativity displays. Start giving your time to charitable organizations, or if you’re short on time and long on money, you can pass some paper along to groups like the Food Bank. On a smaller scale, you can just start showing good will and kindness to others—but hey, you’re probably doing this all year long anyway.
Baking is a great way to give to others in a low-key way, and with so many awesome seasonal recipes available you can bake the month away. Your house will always smell delicious and your friends will love the assortment of sugar cookies, brownies, and tarts that you throw their way. And speaking of houses, save the lights and garlands for December; start small with your home décor and slowly incorporate holiday elements like any festive-themed dishes or towels you might have.
Personal style is a great way to show off your love of Christmas. I’m personally a fan of sparkly nail polish and outlandish holiday earrings—but in November, I try to keep it a bit more subtle. I begin incorporating small amounts of shimmer in my eye makeup, and I start tending towards the darker colours of the seasons in my clothes. Think rich colours like burgundy and emerald, or luxe accessories like pearl earrings. If you ramp up the volume on your holiday look too soon, nobody will be paying attention when you start wearing your cute antler ear headbands at work.
If you’re like me and you love the holiday season but don’t want your friends to think you’re some kind of Christmas freak (even though you are!), these tips will definitely help you ease your loved ones into the full-blown holiday mode that’s waiting just around the corner.