Getting in the Christmas spirit

In Editorials on December 16, 2011 at 8:14 pm

By: Kristen Hegel

              As we grow older, it seems like the Christmas spirit inside of us fades away, but it doesn’t have to happen this year. There are many ways you can get in the mood for the holiday season and revert back to your old ways of being excited about it.

When your home is filled with reminders of the approaching holiday, it's hard to disregard the excitement. Photo courtesy of Google images

So you hear some Christmas tunes on the radio. What’s your first reaction? I don’t know what it is, but it appears that everyone is programmed to immediately change the station. If you’re one of those station-changers, you’ve successfully identified your first mistake. When it comes to holiday music, one must take the time to really enjoy it. I, personally, love all the classic songs, but if that’s not your thing, there’s a variety of Christmas songs out there. You might be surprised to discover that your favorite artists have Christmas albums.

            On to another form of entertainment, movies. There’s no excuse not to catch one (or more) Christmas movies during this season because you can find them on almost any television channel. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who didn’t like the movie, Elf. There’s also The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and A Christmas Story. If you’re still not sure what to watch, check out ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas, where a Christmas movie is played every night at 8 p.m.

            When most people think of the holidays, shopping comes to mind, and what is better than rushing with crowds into stores trying to get all the new gadgets on sale? Holiday shopping is definitely one of the best ways to get into the spirit, mainly because it’s hard not to catch the Christmas spirit from all the holiday shoppers surrounding you. Also, chances are, if you’re shopping for someone else, you’re already putting thought into another person. While you’re enjoying the decorated shops and cheerful background music, don’t forget to splurge on yourself; there are a ton of deals this time of year that you can’t pass up.

            Even though Thanksgiving is over, it’s never too late to be thankful and give back. Let the Christmas season inspire you to be generous. Christmastime is the perfect time to not only donate money to a charity, but to donate your time. There are plenty of places in your community that need a helping hand, especially as the holidays arrive. If you don’t have the time, you can at least drop some spare coins in the Salvation Army collection buckets while you’re shopping.

            Lastly comes my favorite method of spreading Christmas joy: decorating the Christmas tree, along with the whole house, and sitting by the fireplace drinking hot chocolate. My family’s house is coated with Christmas accessories and decorations. When your home is filled with reminders of the approaching holiday, it’s hard to disregard the excitement.

            As you can see, there are an abundance of things you can do to prepare for the upcoming holiday. So don’t be Scrooge, get in the Christmas spirit. Most of all, spend time with family, friends and the ones you love. After all, that’s what the holidays are for.


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