Compliments of the Season! How to Have JOY over the Festive Season

Can you BELIEVE that it's almost Christmas, this means that it's also nearly 2018! Say whattttt? 

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We literally have 3 days left and the BIG beautiful day will arrive! Christmas is such a PRECIOUS TIME!  It is a time to celebrate the Birth of Christ (as Jesus is the reason for the season), it's a time to unite with LOVED ONES, it's a time to bless friends and family with AMAZING GIFTS, it's a time for peace, joy and unity!

Even though you might already be enjoying the Christmas Spirit, I thought to share some ideas on how you can make the most of this time. Check out my tips below :-)

1) Play an ABUNDANCE of Christmas songs and festive music: 
Some of the really good songs to add to your playlist include: 'Simply having a Wonderful Christmas Time' by Paul McCartney (this is my favourite Christmas song by the way), 'The a Star' by Mariah Carey', 'O'Holy Night' by Mariah Carey,  'It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas' by Johnny Mathis, 'Last Christmas' by Wham, 'Let it Snow' by Jessica Simpson, 'One More Sleep' Leona Lewis, '8 Days of Christmas' by Destiny's Child. Then of course you need to add in all of the really traditional songs to your playlist too such as 'Silent Night', 'Away in a Manger', 'We Three Kings', 'We Wish you a Merry Christmas' and 'Jingle Bells'. I can tell you that I have been rocking the Crimbo tunes over the last couple of weeks, and it has really lifted my spirits! I also recommend that you do the same and also do some Karaoke! Download the Smule app on your Android or on Apple (I'm on there as QueenChioma, add me today) #shamelessplug. You will LOVE Smule!

2) Don't be DAZZLINGLY BORING: 
Don't be the one to ruin all of the FUN by choosing to not participate in all of the fun activities, pull your part of the cracker, jump for joy, wear the paper crown, open presents like a child and for goodness sake eat on the table with your family! Don't be the one that just goes off and watches TV like a grumpy fart. Really make an effort to be great to be around on Christmas day. Pull out the board games and play. Put on the music and dance.  Make it special for everyone and for yourself. 

3) Give Gifts: 
The way that I interpret Christmas is God gave his only son to die for our sins (John 3: 16) and I believe that He gave us His BEST GIFT and that's why I believe that we should be good at giving GIFTS TOO! The bible says that it's more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20: 35) so I want to set you a challenge to buy at least 3 people (that you LOVE or LIKE) a gift before Christmas and make sure you give it to them before the special date (or on the day). It could be a family member, a friend, a colleague...you decide....and you should also buy Christmas cards and give them to friends and family (or send e-cards). I truly believe that one of the ways that we can TRULY REMARK WHAT CHRIST DID FOR US TO TO BE A BLESSING TO OTHERS! Don't be the one that always receives presents BUT NEVER GIVES ANY! Throw away stinginess and tightness, you will thank me one day! I love buying gifts for people (family/friends etc), it truly lights up my world. I love blessing people, it makes me feel that I am making other people happy and in turn I am blessed with abundant joy and funny enough the more you give the more comes to you too). So it's a win, win situation! But don't give to get something in return, just give from the heart.   

Other ideas include:
- Prayer and thanksgiving.
- Go to a Christmas Carol Night. 
- Wear your favourite Christmas clothes.
- Get yourself a Gift. 
- Give LOVE. 
- Smile. 
- Laugh. 
- Be thankful.
- Pray for Snow (actually we had a FULL DAY OF SNOW IN LONDON, GREAT BRITAIN THE OTHER DAY WHOO HOO, prior to this, it hadn't snowed in years). 
- Build a snow man (if you do happen to get snow where you live.
- Eat, drink and be merry (but sensibly of course). 
- Do some Baking.  

And there you have it!! 

With LOVEEEEE, 

Queen

P.s. Let me know which tip you will use and RUN with! Leave me a comment asap :-) 

PP.s. I would love for you to check out this old video that I created a while back for my Beauty Pageant contestants '3 Ways ro Enjoy your Christmas to the Full'

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