Christmas Time is a few weeks, or days, or months, when a lot of us change the ways we approach our life and the people in it. There are a lot of positive things that are part of that shift; things that would likely make the rest of us our year a bit more merry if we were intentional about them all 12 months. The first item in the Code of Elves, after all, is “Treat every day like Christmas.” Here are some ways to treat every day like Christmas:

  1. Focus on what you can give to others to make them happier. And focus less on taking or giving to ourselves. Giving and making others happy will make you happy.
  2. Be extremely grateful when a restaurant or store is open. Be grateful they are allowing you to give them money for things you want. It’s a pretty sweet deal.
  3. Sleep in a bit. Snowflake pajamas or jazzy socks optional.
  4. Cook more, and put your heart into it. Microwave and order out less.
  5. Spend time with people you care about. Even if it takes a bit of work, or it’s cold, or you kinda hate them, or they smell, or they’re a cotton-headed ninny muggins.
  6. Drink wine. You know, for your heart.
  7. Play. With a kid. With yourself. Whichever. Just not both at the same time.
  8. Open a present every morning with the enthusiasm of a four-year-old kid unwrapping a present. Which present? How about the present? The gift of a new day! (Too corny? Really? C’mon. I thought that was prett — okay, whatever.)
  9. Find ways to laugh. Even if you think a joke is corny. Stop being so damned bitter all the time. Yeah, I’m talking to you. Jerk.
  10. Give more hugs. Or, if it’s more your style, do it on your twin bed. Either way, touch [with consent] more people.
  11. Touch more people (In the figurative sense). Give nice cards, say nice things, express your thanks, peace on earth, good will toward man, the whole kit and caboodle.
  12. Eat chocolate. You know, for your heart.
  13. Watch feel-good movies. Or feel-good videos on the internet, or have feel-good conversations. Feel-good = feel good. You are what your mind eats.
  14. Be conscious of the memories you’re making. And take some photos [with consent].

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