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8 Unconventional Ways to Make the Holidays Merry

Forget Bah Humbug!: Tips for Having a Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

It’s the day before, Christmas and social feeds are filling with Scroogey posts about hating the season. Don’t be like Old Ebenezer (because nobody liked that guy)! Take a page out of the Little Cindy Lou Hoo Holiday playbook (note: everybody loved her), and summon all of your cheer so you too can have a Merry Christmas.

If things get tense when the relatives arrive or you find yourself feeling blue, try one of the following ideas and you’ll be singing Jingle Bells and yelling, “Happy Holidays!” with the merriest of them.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays

8 tips for having the merriest merry Christmas and extra-happy holidays:

Grab a hot toddy:

If you find your shoulders bunched up around your ears, and everything Aunt Mary says makes you want to scream, just grab a hot liquor drink and let the warm fuzzies kick in. Not sure how to make a hot toddy? NBD. There are plenty of experts out there with awesome holiday recipes. Check out The Little Epicurean’s recipe for a spiced hot toddy. Or, try Cookie + Kate’s apples cider hot toddy. Don’t forget the seasonal hot buttered rum or spike a glass of warm eggnog.

CBD, it’s easy as 123.

If you live in a locale where pot is legal, you’ve likely heard of CBD. CBD can be defined as, one of the 104 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis or marijuana plant, Cannabis sativa, according to Healthline. Unlike THC, which is also found in the marijuana plant, it does not deliver a mind-altering altering experience, however, it does offer some relaxing benefits when consumed. CBD can be found in almost any marijuana dispensary in the form of oil, gummies or candy, flowers (buds), and you can even buy CBD honey sticks.

Now, before you freak out and say, “I can’t get high in front of my grandma!” Let’s be clear. CBD does not get you high. It is used for pain management and relieving anxiety and stress. After you have some, you may notice that your jaw stops clenching and the general grating feeling of aggravation is gone. If you get gummies or honey, no one even has to know. Do make sure to talk to your physician and do some research in advance, or talk to an expert at the dispensary to make sure you are purchasing the right product for you.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays
Enjoy the big O before unwrapping gifts.

If you have a partner, set the alarm a little early and get it on! But remember, you must have an orgasm. If you are single, have your favorite sex toy sitting next to your bed and enjoy some sexy you time before starting your day. Orgasms dramatically increase your oxytocin level (the feel, real good hormone), and dramatically decrease your cortisol (stress hormone)level. This little boost could carry you through the day. Well, at least until you can grab that hot toddy or find a private room for a little afternoon delight session.

Grab the coloring books.

Believe it or not, research shows that coloring has been found to combat stress. Not into coloring? My guess is that you might have some fun shocking the fam while adding color to the pics in the Post-Structuralist Vulva Coloring Book. You can find an array of adult coloring options in almost any store.

Sing Christmas Carols:

It’s been proven! Singing, particularly in group situations, lowers stress and anxiety while dumping some endorphins for your enjoyment. You know how in the old movies, families sit around a piano and sing tunes together at Christmas time? Give it a try. Science says it will make you feel much better, even after hours with the in-laws.

Choose your company well:

How many comedy skits have been made about the pain of spending holidays with despised relatives? If you are one of those people who hates the holidays because you get stuck spending time with people you don’t like, I’ve got a great tip for you: don’t.

Chances are, if you are reading this, you are a grown woman. Right? You own your life! You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to, especially if it means spending time with people who make you feel bad. Pick your company for the day, and pick it well.

Hug a lot of people:

If you are someone who doesn’t have a family to spend time with, find your tribe—whoever they are— and hug the hell out of them. Similar to the awesome big O, hugging lowers your stress hormones and gives you a good dose of those feel-good hormones. We don’t always get to spend the holidays with the ones we want to be with most, but there are usually people who care about us nearby. Don’t spend the day alone and give a lot of hugs unless you are the kind of person who wants to …

Spend the day alone:

Spending a whole day surrounded by people and noise is torture for some. If you have a difficult time with crowds and large groups of people, make the day about taking care of yourself. Call or plan short visits with your loved ones, then dedicate the day to taking care of you. Go on a hike, cross-country skiing or take yourself out for a meal and then soak in the tub while you read a book. If you’ve been good this year, then you deserve to have a Merry Christmas and the gift of peace and quiet, and those who know and love you will understand.

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Annette Benedetti
Annette Benedetti
Annette is a writer, editor and photographer from Portland, OR. Her work appears in a variety of publications including Bust, Red Tricycle, Motherly and Domino. When she’s away from her desk she can be found teaching women yoga at wilderness retreats, exploring new cities across the states and hiking the trails at Mt. Rainier—one of her favorite places on earth.