20 Ways to get into the holiday spirit

Christmas can a happy time for many, but sometimes it can be hard to get into the happy holiday mood. Amidst cheery songs, sparkly lights, and sugary treats, sometimes it can be hard to get into the holiday spirit.

I suppose in order to “get into the holiday spirit” you need to figure out what holiday spirit means to you. To me, it means the birth of my savior, spending time with family and friends, and giving to others. Even if you don’t have a religious reason to celebrate the holidays, giving to others and spending time with family and friends can be an important part of celebrating this time of year. I think it is a great time of the year to bless others and be thankful for all that you have.

In a nutshell, what puts me in the holiday spirit? Reacquainting myself with the real reason for Christmas, connecting with others, and giving.

And please, if you are depressed and having thoughts about harming yourself or others, please get help. The holidays can be a tough time for many and you are not alone.

20 ways to get into the christmas spirit

  1. Take a walk or drive down your local Christmas Tree Lane
  2. Drink hot apple cider or hot cocoa and listen to Christmas music
  3. Watch Christmas movies
  4. Volunteer at a food bank or shelter
  5. Attend church service
  6. Attend local holiday plays or musical events
  7. Read about the birth of Jesus
  8. Read Christmas stories
  9. Host a holiday party with friends and family
  10. Volunteer to wrap donated presents
  11. Bake goodies for your neighbors, friends, or family
  12. “Adopt” a family or child to buy presents for
  13. Jingle” or “Elf” your neighbors
  14. Perform random acts of kindness
  15. Do Christmas crafts
  16. Gather a caroling group to sing at retirement homes
  17. Pay for the person behind you in the drive thru or at the cash register
  18. Make a list of what you are thankful for
  19. Wish everyone you meet a happy holiday or tell them “merry Christmas”
  20. Send family and friends Christmas cards

What do you do to get in the Christmas spirit?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

100’s of free printable gift tags and labels

Who loves free printables?! I have searched for and scanned through, hundreds of free holiday gift tags and label printables. Although this list is HUGE, I didn’t even include all of them!

No matter what you use as gift wrapping, there is a gift tag here that will go great. I love the little woodland creatures and vintage-inspired tags. Which ones are your favorite? Oh, and did I mention they are all FREE? Plus, they are super easy to download and print!

Have you found any great Christmas gift tags this year?

Free Printable Labels

Now the hardest part is deciding which gift tags to use!

Continue reading

Count Down to Christmas!

 

I hope everyone’s December is going well!

My December is already in full force and undoubtedly, it will get even busier when my weekends are filled with baking and cooking for the holidays and visiting friends and family.

Luckily I have managed to finish almost all my Christmas shopping and present wrapping. Now I just need to bake, take pictures and send out cards, and go to those holiday gatherings! Oh, and I need to make another yarn wreath too…. must remember that one!

Only about 2 weeks left if you want to order presents online too – so as far as I am concerned, presents need to be bought and at least mostly wrapped by the 20th!

For the next two weeks and on to Christmas,  I am planning posts on gift ideas, holiday recipes, winter crafts, and Christmas party ideas. We may even have some giveaways!

 

Hope you will join me!

 

 

50+ Christmas Stocking Stuffers for Men

Looking for Ideas for the Kids? Click HERE!
Hi EVERYONE! Thanks for stopping by!

This is the original 50 Christmas Stocking Stuffers for Men, but I have taken everyone’s ideas and more and created this new post:

Click here for NEW AND IMPROVED LIST OF OVER 100 IDEAS!

If you are still getting a spam warning from Pinterest, please let me know (and if you can, leave the link of the pin). 

Thanks, and enjoy!

Stocking Stuffers for Men:

  1. Cologne – samples work best because they are smaller and cheaper
  2. Soap – handmade beer or manly soap is nice
  3. Undies
  4. Socks
  5. chocolate or other candy
  6. chocolate covered bacon, pretzels, or other junk food items (beef jerky, canned cheese, etc)
  7. Bottle opener, bottle opener ring
  8. Beanie/knit hat
  9. Gloves
  10. Holiday ornament
  11. Key Chain
  12. Phone case
  13. Money clip
  14. Wallet
  15. A cheesy movie from the clearance bin (hello Chuck Norris)
  16. Mini Lego kits (like race cars, Lego men, key chains, etc.)
  17. Silly putty or other slimy substance
  18. Deck of cards or other card games (like Uno)
  19. Silly toys – parachute men, poppers, wind up animals, sticky hands, mini etch-a-sketch, silly string, etc.
  20. Shot glass
  21. Key covers (I bought tiki men key covers for my brother one year)
  22. Ear buds
  23. Mini bottles of booze
  24. Ties
  25. Cufflinks – if your guy wears them, there are some awesome ones on Etsy
  26. Manly bath or shave products or bath favorites- my brother really loves a certain brand of mint tea tree shampoo
  27. Pocket knife
  28. Mini tools or weapons – what male doesn’t love a Nerf gun?
  29. Batteries
  30. A book, graphic novel, or magazine
  31. $5 gift cards – one of my favorites, fast food or coffee works great
  32. Gum or mints
  33. Chapstick – my husband always steals mine or complains about chapped lips
  34. Hand or boot warmers – found some at Target, 2 for $1
  35. Hand or cuticle cream
  36. Computer decals
  37. Car air fresheners
  38. For the love of your life: Massage oil
  39. For the love of your life: sexy undies for you
  40. For the love of your life: Other bedroom goodies
  41. Special cigar
  42. Matches or lighter
  43. Coffee samples
  44. Patches, stickers, or pins of a sports team, band, or company, etc.
  45. Coffee cup or mug
  46. Nail clippers and tweezers
  47. Razors and other shaving accessories
  48. Boot or hat cleaning or weathering spray
  49. Pens or pencils
  50. Bandanas
  51. Mini specialty food items – mustard, hot sauce, nutella, etc. (Cost Plus World Market is a great source)

*This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase items from the site, I earn a small percentage.

modcloth's guy guide

record player

literature

White Elephant Gag Gifts

Homemade Christmas Gifts: Yarn Wreath

Do a Google Image search for “Yarn Wreath” and lots of pretty things will come up; Christmas wreaths, colorful spring wreaths, and everything in between. My friend Nichole is a big fan of yarn wreaths and got me interested. I decided to try my hand and create a yarn wreath with felt flowers for my aunt’s new home for Christmas.

Yarn Wreath with Felt Flowers How-To:

Yarn wreath using felt wrap rosettes and scrabble tiles

Continue reading