Listen to Christmas Music
Christmas music is one of my favorite things about December. There’s this new psychology study saying that Christmas music actually makes some people have heightened anxiety, because it makes them think of having to spend time with difficult family members. A bunch of cotton-headed-ninny-muggins.
- The Christmas Song, Frank Sinatra
- All I Want for Christmas (Is You), Mariah Carey (yes this is a classic leave me alone)
- Baby it’s Cold Outside, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong (kind of a creepy song but good nonetheless)
- Holly Jolly Christmas, Michael Buble
- Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), Michael Buble
- Santa Tell Me, Ariana Grande
- Blue Christmas, the Lumineers
- Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Pentatonix (VERY IMPRESSIVE)
- Silent Night, Kelly Clarkson
- White Winter Hymnal, Pentatonix
Oh man, I love me a good Christmas cookie. Here are some of my favorite options:
- Sugar Cookies, Genius Kitchen
- Mexican Wedding Cookies, NYT Cooking
- Seven-Layer Cookies, Epicurious
- Russian Snow Balls (or Tea Cakes, Whatever), Fresh April Flours
Make Christmas Cocktails
To help get you through awkward extended-family encounters:
Mexican Hot Chocolate with Tequila
- Hot chocolate mix (add water or milk as usual)
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- A little bit of cayenne pepper
- 1 shot of Tequila (or more, this is your holiday)
- Mini marshmallows, whipped cream, chocolate syrup (as needed 🙂 )
- 1 bottle Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay
- 1/3 cup sparkling cider
- 1/8 cup sugar
- 1/8 cup cranberries (cut up)
- 1/3 cup cranberries (whole)
- 1 apple (cut up)
- Decorative sprigs of mint or rosemary
Christmas Iced Coffee
- Frozen coffee ice cubes (brew coffee, pour in ice tray, wait)
- 6 ounces Bailey’s Irish cream
- 2 ounces vanilla vodka (more or less)
- 6 ounces of half and half
Wrap (Or Buy, for the Procrastinators…) Your Presents
Here’s some great, simple gift wrapping inspiration. Just think how awesome it’ll feel on Christmas morning when somebody demolishes all of your hard work in less than three seconds. And if you procrastinated and still need to buy the presents, check out my 2017 Gift Guide for the 20 Something Girl (Under $50).
Make a Gingerbread House
I don’t have the patience to make a really impressive gingerbread house, and much like a 6 year old, am usually more interested in eating the decorations rather than using them for the actual house. But either way they’re super fun (assuming you make the right type of icing because if not your house will just fall apart and you’ll just get frustrated and end up giving up, ruining house making for everybody, which has never happened to me).
Watch Christmas Movies
This is a mix of my favorite Christmas movies from when I was a kid, and now. Making it a goal to watch every single one of them before Christmas Eve- wish me luck.
- The Santa Clause 1, 2, and 3
- Love, Actually
- The Year without Santa Claus (That’s the one with the Heat and Cold Misers)
- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
- The Holdiday
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Live version)
- The Harry Potter movies (Not really Christmas movies but it just feels right)
Spread the Cheer and Volunteer!
Reach out and Read helps connect people to hospitals and clinics in their area in need of people to read to kids while they wait for treatment.
Volunteer Match will connect you to volunteer opportunities in your state or city.
Write Holiday Cards
Liberation Library sends you cards to incarcerated youth.
I See Me sends your cards to kids with cancer who are spending the holidays in the hospital.
Make it Merry distributes your cards to the homeless through homeless shelters.
Operation We are Here has a list of ways you can support those in the military (narrowed down to caregivers, those in active duty, new recruits, veterans, and more.)
Go Ice Skating
Even if you aren’t good at it, still go! Such a cheesy-hallmark card thing to do but that’s what Christmas is all about. This is the first time I’ve lived in a place that has outdoor ice rinks and I think it’s the coolest thing, but even if where you live isn’t cold enough for that, indoor is fun too.
Wear a Cute Christmas Outfit
Arguably the best part of Christmas! Minus celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ (if that’s your thing, if not that’s ok too!) Here are some trends that I’m liking this holiday season.