Christmas etiquette isn’t a staunch list of boring do’s and don’ts than can ruin all the fun of the Christmas spirit; but rather remembering to be thankful, considerate, and loving to those you are with on this precious day. Many people around the world consider Christmas day their favorite day of the year; unfortunately their favorite day can be ruined so easily by a Christmas grump who doesn’t realize that their own actions may have diminished the Christmas cheer of others on Christmas Day.
Spreading extra Christmas cheer is easy, and a small gesture can go a long way to help others feel appreciated and loved. Look around this Christmas for the ones who seem overwhelmed, distant, or just not happy, then spread some Christmas cheer to the Christmas grump in order to bring their spirits up.
10 Ways to bring Christmas cheer to a Christmas grump
- Give the person a hug and give them a sincere complement
- Offer to help the person with whatever they are doing (cooking, washing dishes, tidying up)
- In anticipation of this behavior, have something that they love hidden to give them at a moment when they need it most (favorite flower, box of candy or something with their favorite scripture on it). It will go a long way because you thought of them ahead of time
- Just be there to listen. Sometimes people just need to vent and get it all out, so let them. Don’t offer advice or suggestions, just listen
- Sometimes people don’t even realize that they are the Debbie (or Danny) Downer of the day. Don’t confront them, but rather ask what you can do to help them be happier
- Suggest to whoever is offering the Christmas prayer to include a thank you for the person who needs cheer. An acknowledgement for hard work (especially to Jesus) can warm the heart of any Christian
- Suggest a Christmas game such as Dirty Santa or a Christmas Trivia game to bring everyone together instead of scattered around the house
- Whatever the person is doing, tell them to stop and go sit down or socialize; then you complete whatever they were doing
- To make sure TV watchers are happy- designate one TV to the college bowl games and another TV to Christmas movies
- And finally, understand that not everyone is going to be happy at the same time. You can’t try to force Christmas cheer if it’s not going to happen; just offer a smile and move along. Don’t dwell on the negative or you might lose your Christmas spirit as well.