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?
Putting together this holiday wish list for myself was actually much more difficult than I anticipated. Since I tend to enjoy experiences over things (i.e. trips around the world, getting together with friends/family for a good meal, a ticket to a beautiful museum, concert or show), it’s hard to pick out actual pieces for myself.
Or maybe it’s because of the lack of closet space I’m experiencing? 😉
In the meantime, I’ve already been asked by friends/family about what I have my eyes on this year for Christmas. While there are definitely a few reaches, I would rather any money on something that I know I will treasure for a long time.
When it comes to the gift card section, I would be over the moon to receive a gift card for some of my local “treat spots” such as By Chloe, Sweetgreen or Juice Generation. And while I haven’t found a new boxing gym since moving to Hoboken, I would love to try a class or two at Gotham.
As for the rest? You can never go wrong with a warm hat, cashmere sweater (favorites here, here and here), a dainty pearl ring, this top-of-the-line hair dryer – I dread washing my hair because it takes forever to dry/style – a Diptyque candle #swoon, classic loafers in an unforgettable color, chic sunnies and new vinyl for your record player.
What are you coveting for the holidays?