Is your Christmas Cheer-o-Meter running low? Try one or two or three of these and pretty soon you’ll be dashing in the snow to the tune of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer…
1. Buy Christmas-scented candles and light them. My favorite is cinnamon with a touch of pine. Also, this creates instant ambience.
2. Make some hot cocoa, from scratch meaning milk-heacy cream-cocoa-baby mallows. Leave the instant mixes to the college kids who don’t have an actual stove.
3. Cue the Christmas tunes! It’s amazing how much I listen to Mariah Carey and Michael Buble this time of year.
4. DVR some cheese-tastic Christmas movies – basically every network is FULL of them – then watch them while snuggled up in a blanket with your Christmas tree glowing and hot cocoa in your hands.
5. Send Christmas cards! Photo optional; humor is a must.
6. Make a very bad for you treat, or buy holiday Joe-Joes from my friend Trader Joe, and indulge in the name of ole’ Saint Nick. Love the fact that you are still young enough to eat three servings and work it off at spin the next day.
7. Hang mistletoe.
8. String some lights around your house, but not all over – be selective or you might be confused with Clark Griswold. (Not that there is anything wrong with that.) My advice is to go for vintage white bulbs so you can leave them up long past New Years and everyone will just think you’re uber chic.
9. Spread your Christmas cheer by being generous to strangers, i.e. Buy the coffee for the person behind you in line at Starbucks. Pay $10 for that Contributor. Hold the door open with a smile. Get creative!
10. Make use of the mistletoe and thank me later.