6 Tips to Get You Into the Christmas Spirit.
Christmas is our favorite time of year and one of our favorite holidays. It’s a time to eat, drink and be merry! But, there’s some years that we often feel the Christmas blah’s. Whether it’s the lack of snow or even when you feel that Christmas tends to be rushed and comes earlier every year.
Sometimes you just aren’t feeling it.
But, Christmas is one of the best times of the year. You have time off, you get to take in all the beautiful LED Christmas lights and decor, you get to spend it with the ones you love and you get to truly take in what the holiday offers. For me, I start getting in the mood after Remembrance Day or Veteran’s Day.
1. Hang a Wreath.
One of the very first things we do is put up a Christmas wreath. It represents that life is still very present in the world, even if it’s cold and snowy, the evergreen is everlasting. For me, it reminds me that Christmas is near and every time I leave or come back to my house, I love having that reminder and it always put a smile on my face.
2. Turn On the Christmas Carols.
Listening to classics like Wonderful Christmastime, Happy Xmas (War is Over), Last Christmas and All I Want for Christmas is sure to pull you out of those Christmas blah’s. Even if you make a playlist on your iPod or turn on the radio to that local station that has carols on rotation. There’s so many, for every type of mood, you’ll be on your way soon. Even better, listen to Christmas tunes while you deck your halls and fill your house with Christmas cheer.
3. Put Your Christmas Tree Up.
There’s absolutely nothing like putting up your Christmas tree and decorating it with loved ones. It’s truly these moments that last for a lifetime. Once that tree is up and you see the lights warmly light up your home at night–you’ll be happy that Kris Kringle is on his way! If you have kids, it’s a tradition they’ll remember for always. If you decorate your tree with good friends, there’ll be memories made for sure. This is a perfect time to bake some cookies or make a gingerbread house.
4. Write and Mail Your Christmas Cards.
I’ve said it many times, there’s something special about getting snail mail. After all, it’s the best kind. Make a list, write down your family and friend’s names and start writing out your Christmas cards. I like to get personal and really take the time to write out something meaningful in them. This is a great time to send out some gift cards to friends and family you may not see or who live too far away!
5. Watch Your Favorite Christmas Movies!
Grab your favorite blankie, get into your best Christmas jammies and grab some popcorn! By this time, Christmas movies should be on TV and if not, you can always raid your DVD collection or search them up on Netflix. Our family favorites are Elf and Christmas with The Kranks and we simply enjoy our holidays watching feel good movies. You should too!
6. Give the Gift of Giving.
Last but, certainly not least, give the gift of giving! If there’s something that will genuinely get you into the Christmas spirit–it’s giving. Whether it’s re-organizing your kids toys and packing some up for donation or gathering up canned goods and non-perishables for those who need it.
Giving feels great.
You can even sponsor a family for Christmas so that they can have a happy holiday. Another way is to give your time around your community. Take part in toy drives, wrap gifts to raise funds at the mall and get involved!
Enjoy the Holidays!
These are just a few ways to get into the Christmas spirit, there are so many other ways that will help you on your way too. Sipping hot chocolate, making a snow man or ice skating. Starting your Advent Calendar or getting that mischievous Elf on The Shelf out to get you in the mood!
Do whatever works for you!
How do you get into the Christmas spirit?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist and editor of lifestyle blog Whispered Inspirations. A social media junkie, a travel-lover with insatiable wanderlust and an aficionado for fun gadgets, good eats, and entertainment. You can find her on Instagram and everywhere else under @WhispersInspire.