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Give yourself the gift of 25 days of Christmas self-care this holiday season!
The holidays are filled with fun. Gifts and sweets, family and friends, parties and events… After all, it’s called the most wonderful time of the year, isn’t it?
But, Christmastime can also feel incredibly stressful.
Have you ever felt like every day of December was jam-packed with some sort of holiday event, responsibility, festivity, or get-together? This can leave you feeling overwhelmed and take away from the joy of the season.
One way to combat the Christmas overwhelm is by prioritizing self-care during the holidays.
Engaging in festive Christmas self-care feels like both a holiday treat AND a way to care for yourself in between the holiday craziness.
It’s a win/win situation.
Starting December 1st, give yourself the gift of 25 days of Christmas self-care. This fun and festive self-care checklist will help you relax while getting you in the Christmas spirit too!
Let’s jump into it.
25 Days of Christmas Self-Care
You are so busy making everyone else feel special around the holidays… you deserve to feel special too! Give yourself some Christmas joy with these 25 days of festive self-care ideas.
Day 1: Decorate for Christmas
To kick off this December self-care, why not set the tone with some Christmas decor?
If you haven’t already, take time today to add fun, festive holiday decorations to your home.
If you’ve already decorated, why not add fun new pieces? There’s no such thing as too much Christmas decor, right?
Recent studies have shown the mood-boosting effects of holiday/Christmas decor. Boost your mood by adding some fun decorations to your space.
Day 2: Take Yourself Shopping
Whether it’s gift shopping for others or a treat-yourself Target spree, take yourself on a shopping date for today’s Christmas self-care activity.
Something about wandering the stores at Christmastime is so festive and special.
Day 3: Get a Starbucks Holiday Drink
Not a Starbucks fan? Dunkin’ or any other coffee shop will do!
Treat yourself to a nice, hot, seasonal beverage of your choice. Ahhh – the flavors of Christmas!
Day 4: Start a Holiday Puzzle
It’s a tradition of mind to do a holiday jigsaw puzzle in the month of December. Puzzles are such an amazing form of self-care and stress relief at any time of the year. The Christmas spin just makes it feel a bit more special!
Day 5: Make a Cozy Dinner
December is the perfect time for cozy soups, stews, casseroles, and comfort food. Scroll Pinterest or review your list of dinner ideas to find the perfect cozy dinner to enjoy tonight!
Day 6: Have a Phone-Free Day
You know how we talked about how the holidays can be stressful? There’s no need to add to that with constant phone stimulation.
Set aside one full day where you can be unreachable. Put your phone down and enjoy being present in the moments of the Christmas season.
Day 7: Shop Local
Support your small, local shops! The mom-and-pop shops always have the CUTEST decor and trinkets around Christmastime too.
Take some time to shop locally this holiday season. It feels good and they have the most adorable things that you can’t find elsewhere!
Day 8: Enjoy a Cup of Hot Cocoa
Nothing screams Christmas like a piping hot cup of cocoa – just like when you were a kid!
Are you a marshmallow or whipped cream type of person? (Or both?!) Comment below.
Day 9: Journal
Take some time to slow down and journal today. The holiday season is packed with nonstop hustle-bustle.
Pause. Take a moment. Relax. Reflect. Journal.
Day 10: Bake Christmas Cookies
The only thing that rivals a good cup of hot cocoa is a good Christmas cookie. Holiday baking is so nostalgic and festive – and DELICIOUS!
What’s your favorite Christmas cookie? I love Peanut Butter Blossoms!
Day 11: Read a Holiday Book
There are some GREAT holiday novels out there. My favorite one I’ve read in recent years has been Let It Snow.
It’s actually three separate stories (from three different authors) all in one book. It’s super cute. Feels like a Hallmark holiday movie in book form.
If you don’t want a holiday-specific book, check out my reading posts. I have TONS of reviews and recommendations there.
Day 12: Take a Nap
Get cozy this holiday season. Cuddle up and take a good ol’ midday nap.
Lay by the Christmas tree or holiday lights, turn on a festive movie, and allow yourself to fully relax and doze off for a few. You deserve rest!
Day 13: Play in the Snow
If you live in a cooler climate like me, you may have snow to play in this holiday season. However, if there’s no snow to be seen, getting outside is still a great form of self-care.
Take a walk or step outside in your yard. Look around and breathe in the fall/winter air. Ground yourself and appreciate the nature of the season.
Day 14: Write a Letter to Santa
No matter your age, writing a letter to Santa is a fun Christmas activity.
I never thought I’d enjoy writing a letter to Santa in my 20s, but it’s actually a really fun writing exercise.
As an adult, my desires have obviously shifted. While I’m no longer asking for Barbies and bikes, I still have big desires in life.
Don’t get too logical about this.
Use this as a way to write down all the things you’re wanting in life right now. (This is almost like a manifestation list!).
Day 15: Go for a Holiday Drive
This is one of my FAVORITE forms of Christmas self-care. It sounds so simple (and it is!), but it feels so special and festive.
I love going for a nighttime drive with Christmas music playing and looking at all the lights. (Bring a thermos of hot cocoa or a holiday coffee to add to the mood!)
Explore a new neighborhood, visit a light show, or find something festive to drive and look at! It’s so much fun!
Day 16: Watch a Holiday Episode of Your Favorite Show
I LOVE searching and finding the holiday episodes of some of my favorite comfort shows. Something about the Christmas-themed episode/comfort show mashup is the ultimate form of bliss.
Some show ideas include: FRIENDS, Gossip Girl, Gilmore Girls, This Is Us, Full House, The Office, Modern Family, New Girl, etc.
Day 17: Have a Gift Wrapping Day
Set the mood for your gift-wrapping party. Get comfy, turn on a holiday movie or TV show, have a holiday beverage, light the Christmas tree, and start wrapping gifts!
Whether solo or with a loved one, make this an enjoyable experience – not a chore.
Day 18: Listen to Christmas Music
This is such a simple form of Christmas self-care, but it is so enjoyable too!
Turn on your favorite Christmas album and have a dance party (or just listen to it, if the song is not the dancing type… imagine breaking it down to Silent Night – LOL).
Day 19: Try a New Festive Treat
Scroll those Pinterest boards for treats you’ve pinned, but haven’t gotten around to making. Try a new Christmas recipe as your form of holiday self-care today!
Day 20: Wear Christmas PJs All Day
Yes. PJ day… ALL DAY LONG!
Get some festive Christmas jammies and wear them from morning to night. It’s a cozy day!
Day 21: Do a Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt
Drive around and find everything on the list!
Day 22: Bake for Your Neighbors
Spread the Christmas cheer to those around you. Bake some Christmas goodies for your neighbors and deliver them to their door. It’s a great way to foster neighborhood connections and spread holiday joy!
Day 23: Have a Holiday Movie Marathon
Christmas Eve Eve movie marathon? Say no more.
Queue up all your Christmas movie favorites and check them off. Watch as many holiday movies as your heart desires. Get in the spirit!
Day 24: Reflect on the Year
As December comes to a close, we near the end of another year, too! Take a moment today to express gratitude and reflect on the year.
Whether this is through journaling or a heartfelt discussion with a loved one, set aside time to look back and appreciate the gifts, joys, lessons, and moments of the past year.
Day 25: Spend Time with a Loved One
The Christmas season is made even more special with those you love! Spend time (in whatever way possible) with someone you love today.
FaceTime a family member, open gifts with a friend, visit a grandparent, spend the day with your sister… whatever it may be! Enjoy the people around you today.
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I am so happy to know you are pursuing self-care this holiday season. This time of year can be insanely busy and feel overwhelming at times.
It’s important to slow down and make sure you are taking time to actually ENJOY it – and that involves self-care.
What is your favorite form of Christmas self-care? Leave a comment down below sharing how you show yourself love during the holidays.