There’s something about December. It’s such a magical month, and a special season. It’s a celebratory and happy time of the year. Christmas is in the air and the holiday spirit is everywhere! Most people you meet this time of year are cheerful and friendly. (Although some are just a plain old Grinch!) A lot of people say Christmas is for kids, but I strongly disagree with that. I think it is a special time of year for everyone. Christmas spirit is a joy that is in your heart. It’s a warm and fuzzy feeling.
I love everything about Christmas! I love being able to decorate my house, and put up a tree. I love the feeling of nostalgia that I get when we decorate our tree. I love buying gifts for my friends and family. I love planning our Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas morning breakfast. I absolutely love Christmas music, and I start listening to it as soon as Thanksgiving is over! I love Christmas lights! This is probably one of my most favorite things about Christmas. They are just so pretty to look at! I love Christmas movies. And, of course I love all the Christmas food. (except fruitcake – it’s just weird!) I love to eat all the Christmas food! One of my most favorite Christmas foods is a strawberry bread that my mom makes. She puts a strawberry cream cheese filling in the middle of it.
As you can tell, I’m full of holiday spirit. But, as much as I love the holidays, they can be a very stressful time of the year. So, instead of writing a guide about how to survive the holidays, which always seems to be a popular topic, I thought instead I would write a guide about how to get in the Christmas spirit so you can have a happy holiday!
- Decorate! Put up a tree. Decorate your house as much as you can.
- Go look at Christmas lights. There is something magical about lights. They are so shimmery and pretty, and will put you in a good mood for sure!
- Watch Christmas movies. Light up your tree and drink some eggnog or hot chocolate while you watch. My favorite is Elf. But, I also like the old Rudolph and Frosty movies. I think they used to be shows on TV when I was young. There are so many movies to choose from, and mostly all of them have some sort of lesson in Christmas spirit. They usually play on TV all month long.
- Listen to Christmas music. Listening to the classics may bring back some happy memories, and help you to reminisce. I like old songs and new ones. Some of my favorites are:
All I Want for Christmas is You (Mariah Carey) – This reminds me of my friends. We used to drive around and sing this song at the top of our lungs!
Silver Bells, Rocking Around the Christmas Tree, and White Christmas – These are some of my mom’s favorite songs, and I remember listening to these with her when I was young while we decorated and baked.
Happy Christmas (John Lennon)
I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Wonderful Christmastime (Paul McCartney)
- Send out Christmas cards. Sending cards to family and friends will help you to feel more festive. Plus, you may even get some back!
- Bake Christmas treats. You have so many choices. There are cookies, breads, pies, candies, the list is endless. The smell of Christmas will fill your house. (And the food will fill your belly!)
- Hang out with friends and family. This is a time of year to gather with your loved ones and be thankful that you are together. And, if that’s not enough, then surely you will know at least one person who is crazy about Christmas, and maybe their enthusiasm for the holidays will rub off on you.
- Give – It’s always better to give than receive. Of course I like getting presents at Christmas, I mean who doesn’t? But, it makes me feel even better to give a gift to someone I love and to see them happy. You can also give to those in need. Every year, I give toys or clothes to children that I know will not get anything at Christmas. There are lots of ways to do this – local schools or churches, angel trees, Salvation Army.
But above all, let’s not forget the reason why we celebrate – for the birth of Christ!
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11.