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    Nov 23, 2019

    25 Ways To Get Into The Christmas Spirit

    Sometimes it can be difficult to get into the holiday spirit like if there was a recent tragedy or money problems or even a lack of snow. However, once the holiday spirit starts, it stays and should be shared! Here are 25 ways to get into the Christmas spirit and spur others into the season as well.

    1. Bake Christmas Cookies

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    Stop by the grocery store and pick up the sugar cookies with Christmas trees and reindeer on them to kick start your Christmas spirit! Pop them in the oven...minus a ball of cookie dough or two...and you have festive goodies for the holidays! You could also make cookies from scratch like candy cane cookies, thumb print cookies or Grinch cookies.

    2. Decorate

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    It's a lot easier to be in the Christmas spirit if it looks like Christmas! Hit the dollar store, Walmart or Michael's Craft store and pick out your new home decor.

    3. Put up the Christmas Tree

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    While it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, since you're decorating, don't forget to put up the Christmas tree! Garland, ornaments and candy canes are calling your name from the shelves!

    4. Listen to Christmas Music

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    Go with the classics and download the Christmas albums of Bing Crosby, Michael Buble, Judy Garland, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear! So, make sure to download Mariah Carey's Holiday album to sing along to as well!

    5. Go Caroling

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    Sing like nobody's listening...with friends...out in public! This seems to be a dying art form of Christmas spirit but you can revive it this year! Pick your favorite Christmas songs, gather some friends and find a place with good acoustics. Maybe someone will bring you some figgy pudding in exchange for Christmas spirit.

    6. Go Shopping

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    Make a list of gifts to get your family and friends and then hit the stores! Studies (by someone, somewhere) show that making others happy make you happier, which is what Holiday Spirit is all about.

    7. Wrap Presents

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    Put on some festive music or your favorite holiday movie while you creatively wrap all the presents you bought for your loved ones! Check Pinterest or Google for wrapping ideas and you can put a little more fun into your festivities.

    8. Acts of Kindness

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    Christmas is the time of giving, so we're more motivated to complete acts of kindness. You could bring cookies to your local fire and police departments, hand out blankets and coats to the homeless, leave gifts for your neighbors, or pay-it-forward at the coffee shop. Buy gifts for a family who doesn't have a lot of money or donate to a shelter. Choose an act of kindness for the holidays and then continue them even after the season is over to continue on the Christmas spirit!

    9. Watch Christmas Movies

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    Have yourself a Christmas movie marathon with family, friends or just the dog! Find your favorites on Netflix, Amazon, Disney+ or DVD, like The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, The Santa Clause series, Elf, A Christmas Carole, Home Alone, Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story, Jingle All The Way, Frosty The Snowman, and many more! These movies are filled with Christmas spirit!

    10. Go to a Holiday Event

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    Facebook Events has tons of advertising for local holiday happenings. Search for things going on in your town and share some Christmas spirit with everyone there!

    11. Go Ice Skating

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    Whether you have indoor or outdoor ice skating nearby, take advantage of the chance to glide across the ice all bundled up with a scarf and gloves! There's nothing like the cold to bring out your Christmas spirit!

    12. Update Your Wardrobe

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    Speaking of scarves and gloves, have you busted out your winter wardrobe yet? All the reds, greens and whites! Sweaters, boots and snowflake earrings! Oh my! How you look is an expression of how you feel. If you're feeling the Christmas spirit, show it in your wardrobe to share it with others!

    13. Make Hot Cocoa

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    Get your crockpot out!

    This is what you'll need for the best hot chocolate for the holidays:

    -5 cups whole milk

    -1 cup half & half

    -3/4 cup granulated sugar

    -1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

    -1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

    -1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    -1 cup mini marshmallows

    Put the milk, half & half, sugar, chocolate chips and cocoa powder in the crockpot and heat on low for two hours. Then stir in the vanilla and put the marshmallows on top. Put the top back on and turn the crockpot off and let sit for 5 minutes.

    Then enjoy your cocoa with a cup of Christmas cheer!

    14. Read a Holiday-Inspired Book

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    Jump into a story full of Christmas spirit! Start with the classics like The Night Before Christmas and then move on to Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem. You can search for Holiday-Inspired books on google, amazon and in book stores to find a very merry read for Christmas.

    15. Make a Gingerbread House

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    Ummm...yes please! Grab a gingerbread house kit the next time you go grocery shopping and make that a project for your next day off. Icing, gingerbread cookies, gum drops, and more! That is if the gum drops make it onto the house before getting eaten...

    16. Holiday Family Photo Shoot

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    Make sure your family is wearing santa hats in your Christmas cards this year by getting your family photo shoot done early. Create a Christmas set up with a backdrop, holiday spirit and twinkly lights to take some family photos, or go to a professional!

    17. Send Christmas Cards

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    Bulk holiday cards are already on the shelves! Pick up a pack and start writing season's greetings to your loved ones! Share the spirit!

    18. Build a Snowman

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    If you live in a place with snow, it seems like you're getting it early this year. Create a Christmas spirit by building a snowman! If you live in a place that doesn't get snow, you can build a snowman out of sand. Just make sure to put a santa hat on him or people might call it a sandman instead!

    19. Make a Homemade Gift

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    Pinterest has tons of ideas for you this holiday season! Take some time to make a homemade gift with love for your loved ones. Whether it be an ornament, a picture frame or wreath, you'll create and share some Christmas spirit with a homemade gift!

    20. Start a New Christmas Tradition

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    Nothing says holiday spirit like family traditions! Continue generations of traditions or start a new one like letting everyone open one gift on Christmas Eve or start using an advent calendar.

    21. Give Your Neighbors Gifts

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    Cookie mix in decorated mason jars make the perfect gift for neighbors! Spread some Christmas cheer with affordable gifts for the people that live right next door!

    22. Family Christmas Games

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    Have you heard of that serine-wrap ball game where you fill it with small gifts and everyone has to pass it around and unwrap as much as they can when the music stops? Well you have now! You could also do a candy cane scavenger hunt or see who can wrap each other up like a Christmas tree best. Or how about an indoor snowball fight with cotton balls?! Have some Christmas fun with the whole family and fill your house with Christmas cheer!

    23. Christmas Party!

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    Friends and family will love getting together to join in the Christmas spirit with you at a party! This is where all those decorations and games can come in handy too! Or just get everyone together for a Christmas movie or craft!

    24. Paint a Picture-Perfect Christmas

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    Speaking of crafts...you could invite the girls over for wine and paint easy Christmas pictures. Check pinterest for tons of painting ideas!

    25. Stove-top Potpourri

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    You'll need 3-5 cinnamon sticks, 1 sliced orange, 1-2 springs of rosemary, 1 tablespoon of cloves, 1 cup of fresh cranberries, 2 teaspoons of nutmeg in a pot full of water and let it simmer to fill your home with the smell of Christmas spirit!

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