Just a reminder that Santa’s on his way, courtesy of one of my favorite scenes from Elf!
It’s two weeks til Christmas! WHAT! I need to wrap some presents. And we all need to get into the Christmas spirit. I thought I would write a Christmas themed post, but I just really like what I wrote last year, so who cares about SEO I’m REPOSTING IT!
Are you in the Christmas spirit yet? Maybe you’re not. Maybe you’ve been really busy with work, stressing from your Facebook friends who’ve had their tree up since Thanksgiving, or annoyed that you’re not getting as much holiday time off as you thought you would. Whatever the reason, I get it. But if you’re still not in the Christmas spirit, I have some ideas for you.
1) As Buddy the Elf says, “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!” So, sing some songs or play some holiday music. Don’t know where to start?
- I like this lady’s list of her favorite and least favorite Christmas songs. Don’t agree with all her assessments, but it’s a fun read and sure to remind you of some of those holiday songs you may have forgotten about.
- Check out Pandora’s assortment of holiday stations.
- Or just try to keep from singing along with this holiday medley (warning, aspiring boy band alert).
2) Wear something Christmasy. It doesn’t have to be the ironic ugly Christmas sweater, but something red or green will be enough, I think.
3) Read the story of the birth of Christ. Don’t have a Bible or not sure where to find it in yours?
- Find Jesus’ birth story in Matthew 1:18-25 and 2:1-12, or Luke 1:26-38 and 2:1-20
- Check out these free Bible apps for your various devices.
- Kindle has lots of free/cheap Bibles that you can download to your Kindle device or Kindle app.
4) Make some easy Christmas crafts!
- I normally wouldn’t link to Martha Stewart (why would you make marshmallows in 86 steps when it takes one step to buy them and they’re not even that great?), but this is a nice article on some holiday crafts with a difficulty level of easy to medium. Like I think even I could do some of them. That’s saying a LOT.
- And this particular DIY Christmas décor has the best easy to beautiful ratio of any I’ve seen. If I had a home this would be number 1 on my list of Christmas to-dos
5) Make some Christmas food. Candies, cookies, breads…
- My favorite is the oreo balls my mom makes. (don’t judge, That’s a link to an old post on my blog that I wrote before I knew things like how to properly size photos or that WordPress is a better host than Blogger. It’s not pretty, but it does tell you how to make oreo balls).
- Here’s a link roundup of 40 Easy Christmas Recipes! I think you can find something in there!
6) Watch some Christmas movies!
- naturally, Elf should be first on your list.I don’t know about you, but Christmas season only starts once I join Buddy on his trip through the seven levels of the Candy Cane Forest…
- but here’s a page with some other ideas. “Other ideas” meaning pretty much any movie that mentions December 25th.
7) And most importantly, give back. Christmas is about a lot of things, and giving is one of those things. Here’s some ideas to get you started:
- It might be too late to volunteer at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter, but there’s no harm in checking. And if they don’t need any more hands, I’m sure they can use some sort of donation. Here’s a list of contact info for shelters by state. Find one near you.
- Do you pass someone on your commute who asks for money? Give them some this week. Or if you aren’t comfortable giving money, try some food, bottles of water, or maybe a scarf and some gloves.
- Last year my parents’ church did the coolest thing. On Christmas Eve or Christmas Day their members picked a businesses and organizations that were open in spite of the holiday and they brought them a basket of goodies, so that whoever had holiday duty felt loved even if they weren’t with their family. It could be food and Christmas treats or gift cards, just something fun. This is such a blessing to people, and it’s fun for you as well. Some places you might visit: restaurants, nursing homes, police and fire stations, hospitals and speaking as someone who works in hospitality, you will make the day of that front desk clerk working at the local hotel on Christmas Day if you bring her a treat.
Those are some of my ideas. Whatever you do I hope you enjoy Christmas beyond the shopping and the sales, although that’s fun too. Enjoy the smells of evergreen and cinnamon, the sound of Christmas bells, the sights of enormous Christmas trees and thousands of lights, and of course the spirit of love and giving.
What do you do to get in the Christmas spirit?