Christmas [or should I say — CHAARGmas! ; )] break often feels like its much too short! The time seems to fly by between the end of the semester + the beginning of the next, making it tough to pack in all your holiday traditions. So, we created the CHAARGmas Checklist [#CHAARGmasChecklist] to help you make the most out of the holiday season + more importantly — spread positivity!
1] GIVE POSITIVITY WITH A RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS
We are challenging you to spread the #CHAARGmas cheer by giving positivity! Bake + deliver cookies to a nursing home, fire station, hospital, or anyone that could use a bit of joy! Surprise someone with a random act of kindness + leave candy canes with thoughtful notes around town! Get creative + share how you spread the positivity!
2] JINGLE BELL RUN WITH THE FAM
Get your sweat on + brave the cold! Grab your friends or family, throw on your ugliest christmas sweater + sport those holiday tights + hold your own jingle bell run. Warm yourselves up afterwards with some hot cocoa! Make sure to share your sweat selfie in your awesome sweater!
3] TAKE TIME TO BE PRESENT
Instead of buying presents today, take some #CHAARGom time to be present.The holidays can be the most wonderful time of the year, but they can also become incredibly stressful with trying to pack in so much into such a short break! Take some me time time to relax + destress. Stretch it out on your mat + share with us what you are grateful for today!
Ahhh, the holidays! The trays of delicious christmas cookies + the endless desserts can make it really tempting to get off-track with your goals. We are challenging you to share with us how you are continuing to eat healthy this #CHAARGmas by making some reindeer food! [*Hint Hint* Alexa’s Spicy Peanut Zoodles is an *amazing* way to get those veggies in ; )]
5] CELEBRATE A HOLIDAY TRADITION
Spend some time with those you love + celebrate one of your favorite holiday traditions! Whether it be decorating gingerbread house, singing carols, or volunteering to lend a hand — share with us how you spend some time with your loved ones!
6] BE THE LIGHT + TELL SOMEONE WHY THEY INSPIRE YOU
There is something so wonderful about the sparkle of Christmas lights, but we are challenging you to be the christmas light! Spread positivity by telling someone why they inspire you. Write them a letter, surprise them with a handmade gift, or put notes in each of your family members stockings!
9] CELEBRATE THE SOLSTICE + SET A RESOLUTION
“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves.” – William Shakespeare. December 21st is the winter solstice + the longest night of the year! Tonight we are challenging you to reflect on this past year. You are #inCHAARG of your health + your happiness. Not the people in your life + not your circumstances — but you — strong + beautiful + inspiring you! Share with us one resolution for the new year that’s really important to you + how you plan to stick to it!
9] SPEND A SNOWY DAY INDOORS
Spend a snowy day indoors! Build a blanket fort, sit by the fire, read your favorite Christmas story, or watch your favorite holiday movie [you don’t even have to take off those cozy pjs! : )]
11] EXPLORE YOUR CITY + TREAT A FRIEND
Explore your own city + treat one of your loved ones. Buy your mom a coffee at that cafe you’ve been wanting to check out. Catch up with an old friend at a new lunch spot. Take your siblings out for a treat at that ice cream shop that just opened. Your guest will be appreciative of the surprise + what CHAARG girl doesn’t love to eat!
12] GET CREATIVE + GO WILD DECORATING
Merry CHAARGmas! On our final day of the #CHAARGmasChecklist, we want to see your gorgeous decorations! One of the best parts of Christmas is all of the holiday decorations + how happy everything feels — you can just feel so much love. [You may have to do this a few days before, but…] Show us your crafty side + get crazy with decorating — cut out some paper snowflakes, make your own garland for the tree, decorate cookies or a gingerbread house, anything to show us how you get creative + have some fun! // ++ ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY this day.
Now, let’s get started… check off an item today! Write your CHAARGmas Checklist out + hang it up somewhere you will always see! We can’t wait to follow your journey + watch you check them off! Share your checklist activities with us by tagging @CHAARG + #CHAARGmas + #CHAARGmasChecklist. There’s no right or wrong order + of course, you can create your own items [we would love to hear what you come up with!], as long as each activity is performed with love + joy + positivity!
LEAVE A LITTLE SPARKLE WHEREVER YOU GO.