How to Get Into the Christmas Spirit
It took the Grinch a bit of time to be won over, but even he couldn’t stand against the kind-hearted Whos of Whoville and their generous Christmas spirit. 2020 hasn’t been all that conducive with Christmas cheer and holiday spirit, it has felt more like a punch in the face instead of a typical year. Though we might miss out on the typical Christmas tree lightings, Secret Santas and holiday parties, it does not mean we have to miss out on Christmas spirit. Of course Old World Christmas believes that Christmas spirit can be lived out all year long, but we have a few ideas to help you transform from the spirit of the Grinch into spirit of Buddy the Elf. Because there’s no one who feels more passionate about Christmas than Buddy.
Let’s start with a Christmas playlist. Everyone, and we mean everyone (who gets paid to sing), has their own Christmas album, so there will most definitely be something to suit your musical style and tastes. Spotify and iTunes have done the hard work to curate and organize the music for you. You like the Christmas two-step? Done. Search up Country Christmas and you’ll be swept up in the rich voices singing your favorite Christmas tunes quicker than a prairie fire with a tail wind. Maybe something with a bit more sophistication suits your fancy. Try a Crooners Christmas or Cocktail Hour Christmas playlist, and you’ll be drinking a scotch on the rocks and wearing velvet house slippers in no time. Add one of our music Christmas ornaments (we love the record player, tuba and microphone!) to your tree as a reminder to crank the music for more Christmas spirit.
It’s no secret that movies are another way to increase Christmas spirit. Without nights and nights of Christmas parties, this year more than ever, should be the year for multiple Christmas movie marathons. We’ve ranked our favorite Christmas trees in popular Christmas movies before, and you can add to our list. You could have movie marathon themes, for instance: “Christmas movies from the 50’s” such as White Christmas, Christmas in Connecticut, It’s A Wonderful Life and the original Miracle on 34th Street. You could watch all the versions of the Christmas Carol and rank them (don’t forget the Muppets!) or do the same with all the Grinch movies. Obviously you could watch the Hallmark Christmas movies until June, but you could also watch movies with Santa in the title or Christmas movies that aren’t really Christmas movies—including movies such as Die Hard or While You Were Sleeping. The director’s board ornament on your tree will remind you to cue the DVR and begin the marathon.
Paired with Christmas movies or classic Christmas books a warm Christmas snuggle will induce the Christmas spirit. Another person present is not even a requirement for a Christmas snuggle. A cozy blanket, a soft pair of socks or fuzzy slippers, a fire in the fireplace, as well as an over-sized sweater or hoodie is the perfect recipe for a quiet and cozy night in. Light some candles and Christmas lights if you don’t have a fireplace, turn the lights down low and eat some Christmas cookies or see how many licks it takes to get through a candy cane. For the Christmas spirit to come alive through a cozy cuddle, we recommend the blanket ornament, holiday hearth ornament and everyone’s favorite, the adorable bunny slippers ornament.
But at the end of the day, the sure-fire way to get into the Christmas spirit is to look for a place to give or serve. Maybe this year instead of only buying gifts for friends and family, you find an organization to donate time, food or money. Being a part of something bigger than yourself is the best way to give back and to find perspective and purpose at the end of a dark year. There is a lot of need in our communities, and if every person pitches in and does something, even something small, Christmas cheer will be spread to all people in every place.
Visions of sugar plums danced in my head as I nestled back into my cozy seat, and in a flash the train was off. Reflecting on my trip while munching on the second pretzel I was amazed with my unexpected trip wondering how I’d describe my trip. If only I had a memento. I carefully unwrapped my early Christmas present from the hands of the man himself to discover delightful replicas of each place I visited. Knowing I’d set it up each Christmas, as a magical visual of an incredible trip, I was thankful for the story to go with it.