Get into the Merry Christmas groove! An activity guide.

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Art by Katie Daisy

This month is one of my favorites. It’s full of fluffy white snow, sparkling wrapping paper, delicious cookies, and of course, Christmas! I have a few things I do every year to get myself into the spirit. Why not come along for the ride?

In the first few days of December, I usually decide what sort of Christmas cards to send out. Some of my favorite Christmas cards I’ve seen this year include Emily McDowell’s twerking sugarplums, this festive pop-up reindeer card by Squish n Chips, and this adorable puppy dog Howl-idays card from Paper Source.

Then, I will then try to do decide what kinds of gifts I can make on the cheap that are useful and heartfelt. The commercialism of Christmas is kind of a suckfest, but with a little bit of planning, you can give a gift that isn’t going to end up in a landfill and won’t break the bank. This year I’ve been doing online research about melt & pour soap making, home made taco seasoning, and festive Christmas bark. It’s easy enough to decide what you want to try to make depending on what you think people will find most useful or delicious. I myself love a good spicy taco, as well as use lots of bar soap.

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Christmas bark! Photo from Mix and Match Mama

After that, why not pop in a couple Christmas movies while you create? My favorites are National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Elf, How the Grinch stole Christmas (the new one with Jim Carrey), Gremlins, Miracle on 34th St. (the old one and new one) and Home Alone. Speaking of the Grinch, I completely adore the remake and did you know that in Universal Studios in Orlando Florida, their Seuss-land becomes Who-ified during this time of the year? I went with my family a few years ago, and the Whos are not only adorable and charming, but their make-up is killer! That’s definitely something worth doing this time of the year!

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Photo from Orlando Sentinel

After you’re all movied out, you might want to listen to some good Christmas music. “Christmas Remixed – Holiday Classics Re-grooved” is one of my favorite albums. And you can find it on Grooveshark too! I also love the “Maybe this Christmas” albums featuring your favorite songs done by more contemporary artists, plus album artwork by Paul Frank and other awesome artists!

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Once your ears and eyes are filled with the sights and sounds of the holiday, take care of yourself too! Buy a new hat and scarf. This is a great way to feel cute, even in a bulky unflattering winter coat. Hell, you can even take this time to learn to crochet or knit and make your own. But if you’re not feeling that creative, you can always find some cute options elsewhere. Then, once you’ve been out in the cold for too long, you can wrap it all up with a hot bubble bath. The perfect way to wrap up any day in December.

This should be a fun and festive start for everyone to properly get into the Christmas spirit. Right now I just want to drink a warm mug of cocoa, sit by the fire, and watch some cartoon Christmas specials.

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Please post a comment telling me your favorite things to do get you into the merry spirit this time of year!

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  • Bee

    Christmas has ended up growing on me after my Big-Life-Turnaround this year. Celebrated early with the fancy-new-hat, and totally flounced about in the first big snow of the year a couple days ago, then came in to a cup of coffee (with cinnamon stirred in!) and Christmas music. Family Christmas Outing this weekend for NYC festivities, and upcoming Christmas crafts, and I’m SO ready for Christmas this year.

    Also, you totes gave me a craving for “bark”. Curse you.

    • EAT ALL THE BARK! Plus it’s cool because it sounds like it came off a tree. Wild Elves fo life.

  • Have you ever seen the 80s film, Muppet Family Christmas? It’s my favorite. It has the Muppets, the Sesame Street gang, and the Fraggles. <3 (Well that and The Santa Clause)

  • Well holidays are a mixed bag around here. I make everything I give or I go to goodwill and upcycle things. I have done soap, candles, food in jars, first aid zombie kits and books I’ve printed out. My husband and I are divorced so our son usually goes with his Grandparents and I usually work so its only a few hours. My younger guy is this year into Santa and has asked for 3 things. A yellow and black helicopter, and 2 books – even more parts and Wonderland. Soooo he’ll be getting that for sure.

  • Great selection Leslie! I definitely agree with new scarf and hat. I have a ridiculous amount of scarves due to random winter purchases!