How To Get Into The Christmas Spirit

Now, I know some of us (ahem, me) have been listening to Christmas music since Halloween, but now that Thanksgiving is over… IT’S CHRISTMASTIME!! Cold weather and earlier sunsets are upon us; coffee shops are bringing back their holiday specials! Give yourself a reason to celebrate the Christmas season with a couple of suggestions I’ve made below…

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Me when it first snows

MAKE A CHRISTMAS PLAYLIST

As a lover of all things Christmas and Spotify, the first thing I did was make a playlist of all my favorite holiday songs- did someone say, HARRY CONNICK JR.?! We all have those coup200-2.gifle of songs or artists that we listen to this time every year, so instead of pulling out all theCDs (do people still do that?) or trying to find them in your iTunes library, pull them all
together into one playlist! You can listen to mine here: it’s full of Michael Buble, Harry Connick Jr., Frank Sinatra, and that funny song from Elf that everyone loves, “Pennies from Heaven.”

ABC FAMILY MOVIES!!

ABC’s 25 Days of Christmas has to be one of the most popular things around Christmastime. They play all the classic Christmas movies throughout all of December! Because who could possibly get enough of Elf, The Polar Express, or How the Grinch Stole Christmas?

…but if you do, another thing I like to do is watch holiday episodes of my favorite TV shows: 200-2.gifthink The Office, Friends, and Parks and Recreation. They all have multiple Christmas episodes that are all equally a good laugh, so why not make a marathon of it?

*side note: I’m not sure if White Christmas shows on ABC or not, but it is my FAVORITE Christmas movie and is a must see!! 10/10 would recommend.

MAKE COOKIES AND HOT CHOCOLATE

Or buy a peppermint mocha and make chocolate-dipped pretzels- choose your own adventure! Making hot drinks and sweet treats is essentially all you need for the holiday season, right? Personally, one of my favorite things to do is to make sugar cookies,

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Here’s the recipe:

cut them into special shapes (like Christmas trees or snowflakes) and slap on a couple layers of frosting!! My family always does a variety of desserts, from cookies to Chex Mix with
M&M’s to [my personal favorite] buckeyes…I’m in sugar heaven

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Buckeyes

just thinking about it all! It’s also a great way to be with your family during the Christmas season, and isn’t that what it’s all about?

BRING OUT THE SWEATERS AND FUZZY SOCKS

It’s time for all your layers and warm clothing to come out from the back of your closet! Pull out the Ugg boots, turtlenecks, and parkas to prepare for the cold weather that’s upon us!! Layering clothes is one of my favorite things to do, so it only makes sense that fall and winter are my closet’s most fashionable seasons! Now, while I know that most people tend to own more summer clothing, rest easy knowing that dressing for the cold is much simpler; after all, sweaters and leggings with some fuzzy socks & boots is SO EASY to put on and outrageously cozy!! What’s not to love?

PLAN A DAY TO GO SLEDDING, ICE SKATING, OR SKIING/SNOWBOARDING

Go outside! Breathe in the crisp air, catch a couple snowflakes on your tongue, make the most of this winter by doing some outdoor activities!! If you don’t have the equipment, open-uri20150608-27674-1xafo6h_00f4e05e.jpegskiing and snowboarding can be pretty expensive most of the time, but ice skate rentals are relatively cheap and easy to get. And you can always count on sleds, because who doesn’t own one? (If you don’t, I apologize, but I feel like this is definitely a thing) No matter what you prefer, any of these options are super fun to spend time doing with your friends/family!

ATTEND A CHRISTMAS PARADE/TREE LIGHTING

I’m also going to include getting a Christmas tree into this category, just cause! Plenty of towns have Christmas parades, tree lighting ceremonies, or wassailing/caroling nights during the month of December. It’s always such a great time celebrating the holiday season surrounded by your community!

If you’re anything like me, you’ve already started doing some of these things because you’re THAT EXCITED for Christmas- I know I am!! Kudos to you if you have, and if not, GET GOING!!!!

XOXO

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