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It’s about time that we have some small pieces of joy to cling to as 2020 comes to a close and we approach the holiday season.
Psychology of Anticipation
One of the things that have always brought me joy has been the anticipation of a vacation and an international trip or weekend away. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to go on any trips this year (which is okay! We are happy to do our part to stop the spread).
A few years ago I read an article about how the happiest part of our vacation isn’t actually the vacation! It’s the anticipation of a vacation.
This got me thinking if I couldn’t boost my mood by planning for a vacation, what could I do?
A little research on the internet garnered some interesting results! The Journal Of Experimental Social Psychology tells me that future positive events increase positive emotion after social stressors. Anticipating a positive event is uniquely related to decreased negative emotion. Let’s be honest, 2020 has been one social stressor after another.
If looking forward to things is good for us, what better way to look forward to every day than a cute, creative, or weird advent calendar?
Don't Procrastinate... Buy Your Advent Calendar Early
Now I have always been a last-minute Nelly. If I can procrastinate…. I will.
Very often I tend to zone out and realize it’s the holiday season the day before a large event and I scramble to make some magic out of thin air. Every time we go around the sun, I get better and better at planning ahead and trying to enjoy the moment.
This year… this year is my year. I can’t put all my obsessive googling and planning into a vacation so I’m gonna CRUSH this holiday season.
On that note, below you’ll find some of my favorite advent calendars out there. Be sure to pick up or order early so that you are 100% prepared for December 1st!
While preserves might be more my jam 😉 I’ll take popcorn any day that it’s offered. If your a popcorn fan I suggest you pick up this advent calendar at world market.
Okay, no list is complete without the time honored advent calendar choice of chocolate. This feels appropriately fun and fancy though shaped like a little cottage and filled with French chocolate.
Calendars You Can Drink
Self Care Calendars
Make It Real Together Collection
This body shop collection calendar is incredibly cute. They have three at different price points so you get a little bit of something for everyone.
Lush 12 Days Of Christmas
I’m a huge Lush fan, and am definitely eyeing this box of goodies for the holidays. I’ve recently rekindled my love of baths so I think I have no excuses really.
Make Your Own Calendar
Calendar For Your Brain
Okay, I’m a huge puzzle fan. I do some kind of puzzle every night before bed. I am super intrigued by this 12 days of brainteasers calendar. What a fun idea.
Calendars for Good Vibes
I saved the best for last. The owner of this Etsy shop is a genius! The idea of a witchy advent calendar tickles me pink, what a fun way to get in touch with nature as we count down to the Winter solstice!
Well, there it is! Twenty of my favorite advent calendars for the 2020 holiday season. Check out Alice’s Holiday Gift Guide For Book Lovers for some other great ideas!
Did I miss anything truly epic? What holiday advent calendars will you be buying for your family this year?