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23 Ways To Make Christmas Magic When You're A Grown-Up

When you stop believing in the magic of Christmas, Santa stops visiting, and you get socks instead. Keep the magic alive for another year with these tips from Visa.

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However, these little hints and tricks might help a germ of Christmas spirit ignite in your heart:

1. Buy a chocolate Advent calendar.

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Because not only do you get chocolate before breakfast, your excitement will grow as the amount of chocolates disappear.

2. Or get crafty and make one.

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Not for yourself – that's a bit sad, and you know what's in it. But they make a great gift for a grinchy loved one to get them equally revved-up for the season. It'll make you feel extra seasonal too.

4. Switch from tea to hot chocolate.

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With marshmallows. Obviously. You can pimp it up with squirty cream, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, and stir it up with a candy cane for an extra festive flavour smack.

5. Plan your tree.

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You're a grown-up – you can decorate your tree however you want. Even if that's pandas and pickles.

13. Only wear clothes that are glittery.

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Because, nothing makes you feel more festive than wearing stuff that shines by candlelight. This amazing Stars for Streetlights tutorial shows you how to make your collars pop with fabric glue and glitter.

14. Mull all your drinks.

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You can make quick and easy mulled wine and mulled cider (or just warm festive apple juice) in a slow cooker. All you need to do is add your base drink (red wine or cider) then handfuls of some or all of the following: cloves, cinnamon, cinnamon sticks, allspice, brown sugar, apple slices, cranberries, sultanas, lemon juice, lemon peel, nutmeg, and ginger. It's all down to personal taste and will slowly brew away in about an hour, leaving your house smelling like Christmas.

16. Hide the pickle.

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It's not rude – it's an allegedly German tradition where you hide an ornamental gherkin (pickle) somewhere in your house/on the Christmas tree. The first person to find it each day wins – either a prize or pure victory.

18. Roast some chestnuts…

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…in the microwave. Just slit the little pointy end with a knife and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes. Serve peeled with butter and salt to dip. Mmmmm.

19. Make a Christmas songs playlist.

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Even better – get whomever you're spending Christmas with to make one too, and combine them and put it on random. Or make each other Christmas mix tapes (YouTube playlists if you're lazy).

When you're done, make a Christmas movie playlist too.

20. Get some Christmas stories on audiotape…

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…and listen to them all over the house. The easiest way to inject Christmas cheer into your life – even when you're cleaning the bathroom.

21. Bring out the extra-snug pyjamas.

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Because, they are the cosiest things on Earth. If you have siblings/an other half, make them wear matching ones.

For extra Christmas cheer, put them away after Christmas ends (boo, hiss!), and bring them out again every December.

23. Make a list of family traditions you want to carry on.

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If you're Christmassing with your partner or with friends, draw up a list of traditions your family used to do when you were a kid, and cherry-pick the best ones, then add some of your own.

For example: a special Christmas Eve dinner and one present at midnight.

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