How to Get In the Christmas Mood

Christmas is nearing and we're beginning to see signs of it everywhere.

City workers are draping greenery interwoven with big red bows and gold and silver ornaments around every lamppost and sign all around town.

The Salvation Army bellringers are at their posts in front of all the stores and malls ringing their bells for any spare change you might have.

Young and old stand high on top of ladders trying to reach the tallest branches to hang their strands of colorful Christmas lights.

Extension cords are laced across yards to reach all of the Christmas inflatables.

The newspaper, TV, and radio are filled with Christmas ads luring you to reach for your money and buy, buy, buy.

What do you do if you're still not in the Christmas mood?

How to Get In the Christmas Mood
How to Get In the Christmas Mood

Things You Can Do to Get Into the Christmas Mood

Below are a list of ideas to help get you in the Christmas mood.

  • Go on a Christmas Scavenger Hunt-I have created a list of items to look for to make it easy for you!
  • Listen to Christmas music. I've assembled over twenty of my favorite Christmas music videos.
  • Decorate your house with festive ribbons, bows, greenery, scented candles. One of my absolute favorites is a Woodwick candle. They have a wood wick that crackles when burning to get that sound of a fireplace crackling. The scents are incredible as well. Try scents that remind you of the holidays.
  • Buy some strands of LED lights and decorate your yard by wrapping the trunk and a few limbs of a tree in your yard. If you have a tall enough tree, drape entire strands of lights like long icicles for a beautiful effect. Some of the grand homes here do that and it's absolutely beautiful.
  • Try decorating ideas you may not have tried before such as switching out your current wall light switchplates with Christmas light switch plates. It takes less than a minute to unscrew two screws, pop off the old switchplate and screw the new one on.
  • Catch some Christmas specials on TV. I found a website that has the Christmas TV listings.
  • Go ride around looking at Christmas lights. I've assembled the locations and websites of some of the Best Christmas Lights in Texas.
  • Any day now you will begin to receive Christmas cards. Where are you planning to display them? For ideas for displaying your Christmas cards visit my hub about Christmas Card Holders.
  • Start looking for stocking stuffers for all of the family. Think small. Think unique.
  • Visit a friend who is already in the holiday spirit. Their mood just might be contagious.
  • You can take a lot of the stress out of Christmas if you start planning now.
  • Volunteer your time for a local charity that is having a Christmas activity for the public. Last year my daughter and I volunteered to paint faces at a community feast called "The Feast of Sharing" that is sponsored by H.E.B. Food Stores (Texas chain of grocers). They provide thousands of free meals with all the trimmings to anyone in the community. We had a blast. We wore our Santa hats and painted hundreds of children's faces with snowmen, reindeer, Christmas trees, candycanes and anything else they requested. Admittedly, we had some unusual requests, but it made the day more memorable. We'll be volunteering again this year. Dozens of other fellow employees that I work with will be serving food or helping children make holiday crafts.
  • Make some Christmas cutout cookies. Making cutout cookies is an annual tradition at my house. I have probably two dozen cookie cutters and we spend a couple of hours cutting out cookies, baking them and then decorating them with icing and sprinkles.
  • If there is snow on the ground where you are, build a snowman or play in the snow with snow toys.
  • Go on a sleigh ride.  Check out my sleigh ride directory for one near you.

 

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Great ideas, KCC Big Country. I was half hoping that you wouldn't mention charity work so I could! In high school we hosted a dinner for underprivileged children and I volunteered to dress up as Santa Claus...Have you ever seen an Asian Santa Claus? Hang that by the chimney :)

Thanks again! I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas in advance!


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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

I, for one, refuse to get in the mood for Christmas until it's officially December. And nothing really sets up Christmas like a good Christmas cry - whether it's something someone says, or the sound of Joan Baez singing Ave Marie - I just gotta have that emotional zing!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

LOL...I bet you make a cute Asian Santa, Dohn. You're going to write a hub about it (with pics) I hope! Happy Holidays to you too!

Dolores, a Christmas cry? I don't believe I've ever had a Christmas cry. I might have to try that.


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alekhouse 7 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

I really enjoyed this hub. I was feeling a little "Bah Humbug", so decided to take your advice and put the Christmas CDs on my stereo and make Christmas cookies. I like all of your suggestions. Now if those don't work, there no hope for me.:=)


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

You'll be fine, Alekhouse. It is still early you know.


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elisabethkcmo 7 years ago from Just East of Oz

Hi again, KCC..I guess that the holidays are officially here..decorating the house usually does it for me, especially putting up the lighted wreath over the fireplace and turning of all the other lights in the room...

thanks,I really enjoyed this hub!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks Elisabethkcmo. Your description of the lit wreath sounds nice.


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rickzimmerman 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio

KCC: I've been enjoying your hubs since I first joined HubPages. This one's a gem also — great advice for invoking the holiday spirit. I am also celebrating reaching my 500th Hub with a special holiday greeting to my followers! May this Festive Season bring you Warmth, Friendship and Happiness, no matter when or how or with whom you celebrate! To add to your holiday merriment, I offer all of my hubs devoted to this time of year: All About Santa; The Polar Bear; Kris Kringle, the College Years; An Alphabetical Christmas; All About the North Pole; Enjoy Reindeer; and, of course, Little-Known Santas No. 1 through No. 17! Enjoy!


shannon e 4 years ago

I know this is from a while ago, but I feel like I am way not in the mood for christmas this yr... I am normally the person getting everyone else in the holiday spirit.... now I am hoping we can get through it just so it will be over, this is not like me.... christmas music, making cookies, shopping, decorating, anything festive you name I can truly say I'm not up for it.... I hate this feeling and just want to be my old joly self again.... HELP...


Anonymous 3 years ago

Bake a Christmas cake go shopping with friends and family and most of all look forward to seeing there faces when they open those carefully picked Xmas presents!

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