Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Spreading Christmas Cheer

Can you believe that Christmas is only four days away? I don't know about you, but it definitely doesn't feel like the holiday season to me.  The Fall semester just ended several days ago, which is why I think I might be struggling to find the holiday spirit this season.  It seems like lots of people agree with me, so I thought it would be fun to brainstorm some ways to spread some Christmas cheer. 

Wrap Presents
There is something festive about wrapping gifts.  Make a fire, sip some hot chocolate, put on your favorite Christmas playlist, and spend a few hours wrapping. This combination will definitely bring you some holiday cheer!

Look at Christmas Lights
 Pick up your favorite seasonal beverage from your local coffee shop, turn your radio on to the network that plays Christmas songs, and grab a friend to go look at everyone's holiday decorations. Take a drive through local neighborhoods and towns to see the various light displays.  If you live in Southeastern Pennsylvania, check out the Herr's lights display or take a walk through Longwood Gardens

Bake Cookies
Baking cookies is always a fun holiday pastime. Turn on some holiday tunes, pour yourself a glass of wine, and get out your favorite christmas cookie recipes. If you can't eat all of the cookies, then put them in decorative bags and deliver them to friends and family to enjoy. 

Holiday Movie Marathon
Put on your favorite pajamas, start a fire in the fireplace, and pick out your favorite holiday movies to watch.  Spend an evening cuddled up watching some of the best Christmas movies. 
Movie suggestions: Christmas with the Kranks, The Santa Clause, Elf, The Holiday, Four Christmases, The Polar Express, Miracle on 34th Street, Charlie Brown Christmas, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story, It's a Wonderful Life, and Home Alone. 

Make a Gingerbread House
Get some friends together to have a competition to see what duo can make the best gingerbread house. Give everyone the same supplies and time limit.  The winners get a holiday themed prize.  We do this each year at my house.  My brother and his girlfriend versus Todd and I. 

How are you getting into the holiday spirit this year?


  1. Love all your ways! I am singing to Christmas music, will watch Elf for the 300000X time tonight and decorate gingerbread houses with my niece tomorrow! Love the holidays!

  2. I hope you get into the Christmas spirit soon!

    Greta | www.gretahollar.com

  3. This year I've really been in the holiday spirit but I've definitely had years where Christmas seemed to sneak up on me. I think you have great suggestions for feeling festive!

  4. I've been wrapping so many present recently! I cant complain because I love it this time of year!

  5. Oh my gosh, I love this- I can't wait to bake lots and lots of cookies in the next few days!


  6. I really wish I had made time to build a gingerbread house this year! I really want to now haha

  7. I put together a gingerbread house every year and it's one of my favorite things to do in the holidays!! I'm also starting to make tons of cookies to give out to my friends. I can't believe Christmas is almost here!!
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  8. I just love this time of year because of the cheery feeling in the air, it is just so magical! I have spent all month watching movies, drinking cocoa, volunteering and more.

    La Belle Sirene

  9. I've still gotta make a gingerbread house...so little time!

    Coming Up Roses

  10. Ugh I need to binge on Christmas movies today!!

    xo // www.thematerialgirl.co

  11. Christmas movies are the best way to get in the Christmas spirit!

    Mindy II amixofmin.com

  12. Oh man I didn't make a gingerbread house this year but hopefully next year!