Happy December 1st, y’all!
Is anyone else counting down till Christmas? No matter what holiday you’re celebrating this season, here are a few ways to get into the spirit:
Decorate Your Home
It may be difficult to get motivated to deck the halls in our tiny New York City apartments, but throwing up a few lights, holiday-scented candles or a tree (big or small) will bring the sights, lights, and smell of Christmas to your abode.
Host A Holiday Movie Marathon
You may seen them a million times, but they never fail to pull at the heart strings. Here are a few of my favorites:
It’s a Wonderful Life
The Santa Clause
A Christmas Story
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
A Miracle on 34th Street
Get into the practice of writing three people or things you are glad to have in your life. This can help you to see the positive things in your life and perhaps start to feel a bit of holiday cheer.
Do A Little Christmas Shopping
If you haven’t already completed your holiday shopping after Black Friday/Cyber Monday, going out shopping surrounded with holiday decorations is an instant holiday mood-booster. I always feel a little bit better using my credit card when buying personalized gifts for family and friends 😉
Look at Christmas Lights
Whether it’s taking a stroll through the neighborhood or checking out more prominent displays (i.e. the Rockefeller Christmas Tree or the Fifth Avenue decorations), there’s nothing like seeing the magic of the holiday season.
Turn On the Holiday Tunes & Make A Holiday Playlist
Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit faster than music. Once you hear those familiar notes, the warm Christmas feelings come rushing back. Here are a few classics you can’t go wrong with:
“White Christmas” by Bing Crosby
“The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole
“Holly Jolly Christmas” by Burl Ives
“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” by Bing Crosby
“Sleigh Ride” by Johnny Mathis
“The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Andy Williams
Bake Holiday Cookies
Who doesn’t love rolling out cookie dough and cutting out holiday shapes? Not to mention the fun of decorating the cookies afterwards… and sneaking a little bit of icing at the end 😉 It’s also a great way to get family and friends together.
If you’re not feeling jolly this holiday season, the easiest way to change that is to do some service for someone else. Donate canned goods to a local food bank, volunteer at the soup kitchen, or anonymously pay for the coffee for the person in line after you.
What do you like to do to get into the holiday spirit?