You know the feeling. It’s already well into December, and the days are flying by. Christmas lights are sparkling on every house, Christmas trees are gleaming in every window, and everyone seems to radiate that festive holiday spirit – but you’re just not feeling it! The holidays only come once a year, so it feels like an awful waste to not make the most of the season. If the bad weather has you feeling more Scrooge-like than spirited, fear no more – we have 5 surefire ways to get you feeling festive.
- Shop till you drop
Whether you’re tracking down that perfect holiday gift, filling your cart with Christmas decorations or simply taking in the scene, it’s difficult not to catch a bout of that holiday mood when you’re browsing through a mall. Whether it’s the screaming children in Santa hats, the carols reverberating through the sound system, or the frantic shoppers hunting down deals, something’s bound to get that Yuletide spirit burning.
- Bake it up
There’s no better way to chase away the winter chills than to heat things up in the kitchen! The scents of the season have never failed to evoke that festive mood, so dig out your recipe book, invite some friends and get cooking! Whether it’s that old holiday dish from a few years ago, a pile of Christmas cupcakes or a mountain of gingerbread cookies, one thing’s for sure: When you lift that steaming pan out of the oven, the holidays are sure to get a little “sweeter.”
- Get a little giving
Here’s the thing about holiday joy – sometimes the only way to get it is to give it. When the December weather gets dismal, it’s easy to start feeling sorry for yourself – that’s why it’s important to remember there’s someone who’s worse off than you are. So what better time than Christmastime to clean out your closet and donate to charity? That old blanket in the back of your closet could keep someone warm, and that forgotten toy in the back of your basement could light up someone’s eyes on Christmas Day. Knowing that you made someone’s holiday season sparkle is a great way to add some glitter to your own. Those who give really do receive!
- Roll the tape
If you’re looking for a classic way to catch the holiday spirit, you can’t go wrong with a Christmas classic! There’s nothing like watching a cheesy Christmas movie for the thousandth time to get you feeling merry and bright. Whether it’s Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman or The Polar Express, cozying up in front of the screen with family and friends always makes for happy memories. Just don’t watch The Grinch who Stole Christmas – that might not help with the holiday spirit.
- Deck the halls
If you’ve tried every trick in the book and you’re still not feeling festive, you’ve got just one thing left to do – make everything else festive! So dig out those boxes of ornaments, dust off those stockings and break out those candy canes. Cover your fence with lights, hang a wreath on the door, and don’t forget the giant inflatable Santa in the front yard! When all the neighbors are jealous, you’ll know you’ve done it right.
Everyone loves the holidays – but at least once in our lives, we’ve all had a hard time feeling the magic. Whether it’s the bad weather, the heavy load of homework or simply something you can’t explain, we’ve all discovered our inner Scrooge before. But that’s no cause to be gloomy all season long. Our 5 tips are sure to turn your “Bah, Humbugs” into “Ho Ho Hos” – and get you rockin’ around the Christmas tree all season long.
– Sarah and Jena W.