Hello, hello! It’s the 1st week of December and I could not be more excited. The holiday season is my favorite time of the year. I love the weather, holiday scents, treats and goodies, and being able to see my favorite people for parties and family celebrations. Honestly I start getting excited for Christmas before Halloween is over and usually once November 1st hits, I am ready to decorate my house for Christmas.
I still love Thanksgiving but I can eat my turkey while looking at a sparkling Christmas tree right?! Anyway, now that it is socially acceptable to be excited for Christmas, I thought I would share a few ideas that can help you get into the Christmas Spirit!
Bake Christmas Cookies
Christmas goodies are one of the best things about the holiday season. Usually my mom and I bake some sort of treat to give to family and friends. This year we are making bread….lemon blueberry and cranberry orange. They should be good! I also love trying out new recipes so I am going to try out these two cookie recipes.
I want to eat these with a cold glass of milk in front of the fire!
The sprinkles and icing on these are adorable. I feel like these would be super easy and kids would love them!
Look at Christmas Lights
Levi and I like to drive around one night and go to all the neighborhoods with the best lights. Grab your favorite hot beverage from Starbucks and turn on Christmas music in the car. It brings out your inner kid to get excited when you see a really good light display! Plus it’s a cheap date night with good conversation.
Volunteer or Adopt a Family
The holiday season is a time of happiness and cheer but for many people out there it can bring stress and disappointment. A lot of people aren’t able to provide for their families and can’t get their kids’ Christmas presents. There are tons of charities out there that allow you to adopt families or kids and shop off their list. You can also volunteer your time at Harvesters or a local shelter. They always need people to help serve food and assist residents.
And don’t forget about all the sweet animals stuck in shelters as well. I know a lot of shelters have their wish list on Amazon so you can have it shipped directly to them. We usually adopt a child and also send some items to a local animal shelter. It really does feel good to give, especially during the holidays.
Christmas Movie Marathon
One of my favorite ways to spend a cold Friday night is watching Christmas movies with a glass of red wine! Have a date night in or invite your friends over for a Christmas movie pajama night. Here are some of my favorites and if you don’t have them you can usually DVR them!
Send out Christmas Cards
I love receiving Christmas cards from friends and family. It is always so fun to see everyone with their cute children and pets. We usually hang ours around the mantle as we receive them. I love looking around at different sites to design our own cards. This year we got ours from Simply To Impress. You can usually get them on sale. We bought ours during a Cyber Monday sale and they were really affordable. Tiny Prints, Minted, and even Costco are other options as well for photo cards. We are addressing ours this week and then I will share it on the blog!
I hope some of these ideas help and that you are able to enjoy the holiday season as much as I do. I’m off to watch some Christmas movies on Hallmark so enjoy the rest of your Sunday night!