December 22, 2021
The lights are up. The tree is decorated. The stockings are hung.
Sometimes it’s not enough. The holiday spirit just won’t appear, no matter how hard you try to summon it.
If that’s you, then you’ve come to the right spot! Here are three foolproof strategies for kicking the grinch in the pants and feeling some holiday cheer.
Christmas light tour. There’s something awe-inspiring about DIY Christmas light displays. The golden glow of lights on roofs and trees is magical. Find the right neighborhoods for festive displays, and it feels like you’ve entered an otherworldly Christmas dimension.
There’s something heartwarming about the lengths people go to to decorate their homes. It’s a testament to the power of the holiday season.
So load up the family, take a drive, and see what you can find! If you’re not sure where to look, Google “Christmas lights near you”. You might be surprised by how many you find!
Hot cocoa with the Christmas tree. If you’re a night-in person, then this is the perfect ritual for you!
First, brew yourself up a nice cup of hot cocoa. If you’re feeling extra festive, throw in a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Second, turn off ALL the lights on the same floor as your Christmas tree. Bathroom lights, microwave lights, night lights, you name it.
Then, sit down. Sip your cocoa. And bask in the glow of the tree. Let the Holiday spirit wash over you.
Holiday movies. If all else fails, fire up a holiday film. They’re surefire ways to warm your heart and bring some cheer into your home.
Holiday movies typically fit into three categories.
Life-affirming classics. These movies have pointed generations of viewers towards what matters most during the holiday season. They’re perfect for blasts of nostalgia and reminding you to cherish the ones you love. (It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Christmas Carol)
Endearing comedies. Need a laugh this Christmas? Then these movies are for you. They highlight the silly and absurd side of the holidays while spreading joy and cheer. (Elf, Home Alone, A Christmas Story, Christmas with the Kranks)
Cheesy romances. Are these films masterpieces? Absolutely not. In fact, they’re almost always terrible. But they still capture holiday magic. Why? No one knows. Still, you can’t go wrong with a predictable, corny, and completely charming made-for-TV flick this Christmas. (Any Hallmark Channel or Netflix original holiday movie)
There you have it. Three practical and foolproof strategies for creating some holiday cheer. May they serve you well this holiday season!