6 Fun Ways to Get in the Holiday Spirit
The holiday season is supposed to be a time of cheerfulness and merriment. Everyone is happy—decking out their houses with garland and lights, joyfully shopping for the perfect gifts, and full of Christmas-time spirit. At least, that's the picture-perfect standard we all see on TV, in the magazines, in commercials, and even in movies.
However, it's not all Pinterest-worthy themed Christmas trees and fancy table settings for the perfect Christmas dinner. Sometimes, you find yourself lacking in the spirit department. Maybe you just aren't into the holiday, or you just don't have the energy and ambition required to decorate your house.
As kids, most of us really love Christmas. The magic of going to sleep, anticipating what gifts will be under the tree, and hoping with all our hearts that we'll get the very things we asked for. As adults, many of us lose that magical belief.
Rediscover your holiday spirit with these fun suggestions!
1. Cozy Up With a Classic Movie
Take a break from it all, put on your comfy clothes, grab some snacks, and cozy up on the couch for a Christmas movie or two. No cheesy, predictable Hallmark movies here. I'm talking about the classics:
- A Christmas Carol
- How The Grinch Stole Christmas
- Home Alone
- The Santa Clause
- A Charlie Brown Christmas
- Frosty The Snowman
- The Polar Express
- National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
- It's A Wonderful Life
This is a great way to get the family gathered up together and relax.
2. Make a Holiday Craft or Decoration
You don't have to spend a lot of money to get in the spirit. Improvise and repurpose items around the house to make fun holiday crafts. You can use your imagination and create something for scratch, or browse the internet for crafting ideas. My son and I love to put on our Santa hats and our favorite Christmas songs while we craft. Use your crafts to decorate your house. Put up your Christmas tree and hang homemade ornaments on it. You could also try out one of those unique Christmas tree ideas found on Pinterest: A string tree hung from the ceiling; Shelving in the shape of a tree; etc. Hang up garland and lights around doorways and above the fireplace. Make a festive wreath and hang it up on the door or in a hallway. Finding unique ways to decorate your home and incorporating your homemade crafts is a fun way to get in the holiday spirit.
3. Start a New Tradition or Revive an Old One
Traditions are a great way to make precious memories and something to look forward to as the holiday season approaches. You could revive an old tradition from your childhood. My husband and my son hang up a candy cane every day to add to our holiday decor. This is something my husband used to do as a kid and he loves sharing this tradition with our son. I love to watch my favorite Christmas movies with our son. Our favorite is Home Alone.
You could also start your own tradition. We decided to create an Elf-On-A-Shelf inspired tradition. Instead of an expensive Elf with a dozen rules, we chose to purchase a Bumble ornament. Bumble "comes to life" at night, having fun, and occasionally getting into mischief. He brings a present or two from Santa's workshop and leaves our son fun notes. We started doing this three years ago, and it's something we all look forward to each year. We've even started incorporating our son's dinosaur, Max, into the fun. With a little imagination and creativity, you can adopt anything to make it your own.
4. Put On A Christmas Music Playlist
With Thanksgiving officially over, the season of Christmas music is upon us! Use a music app like Spotify to create a playlist of your favorite songs. You can use this Christmas playlist while you bake cookies, make festive crafts, fill out Christmas cards to send, or while decorating your home. Music is good for the soul, and a Christmas music playlist just might be what you need to get in the holiday spirit! After all, Buddy the Elf always says, "the best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear."
5. Bake Festive Treats
'Tis the season for delicious desserts! My son and I look forward to baking our favorite festive treats each year. Get in the holiday spirit with a little sweetness. Bake your favorite holiday cookies or look up a new cookie recipe to try. You could bake festive cupcakes or decadent brownies. Make some treats for upcoming holiday parties, or make up a few plates of festive desserts to share with your neighbors. What a fun surprise that would be! Put on your Christmas playlist and make it an evening with the kids.
6. Attend a Festive Event or Give Back
Bugs Bunny used to say, "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!" That logic applies during the holidays. It's virtually impossible to escape festive flair. The stores start it off in October, stocking their shelves with garland, lights, ornaments, stockings, and other Christmas decor. We start seeing ads on TV for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Then you have heartwarming commercials for products and annoying advertising for Hallmark movies. Unfortunately, humans don't hibernate. So why not make the most of the season? Go to a tree lighting ceremony. Visit a local zoo for a holiday light display. Go ice skating or sledding with your family. Visit a state park or national refuge. Do a little internet research to see what events are going on in your area and make plans to get out and enjoy the rest of the year. Additionally, you might make plans to volunteer, whether it's visiting a homeless shelter to serve meals, being a collector for The Salvation Army, or some other way to make a difference in your community. Even if you aren't in a holiday spirit mindset, donating your time to give back during this season can make a big impact on the lives of others. This also makes you feel good and can teach valuable lessons to your children.
The reality is that life is short. None of us live forever. We have to make the most of the time we are given on this planet. The holiday season can stir up a lot of negative emotions, but by taking action to make a difference in someone else's life, we can improve our world one person at a time.
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