Christmas is a joyous and wonderful time of year. I have loved it since I was a child and still remember the anticipation and wonder I felt opening the sliding doors into our living room to see what Santa had brought to me and my brother and sisters. I love to sing (even though I am not very good at it) and always look forward to singing Christmas Songs at Midnight Mass.
Some people struggle to discover the Christmas Spirit that they felt as children. If you are having trouble finding your inner Christmas Child, here are a couple of things you might try:
Watch a Christmas Movie – For my money, there is still no better Christmas movie than “It’s a Wonderful Life”. I watch that movie every year. I also watch at least one version of “A Christmas Carol”. Some of my other favorites are Polar Express, Elf, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Christmas Story, and Home Alone.
Get in Touch with Family and Friends – Christmas is not complete unless we share it with our loved ones. It is also a great time to bury the hatchet with a family member or friend with whom you have a strained relationship.
Decorate! - Fill your home with Christmas cards, popcorn strings, and candy canes. Put a beautiful star on top of a Christmas tree filled with ornaments. Even better, get your whole family involved in decorating and make it an annual tradition.
Make a Christmas To Do List – Write down the things you need to do between now and December 25th. Examples are - Go shopping for your Christmas feast, Wrap your presents, and buy Christmas treats like chocolate covered cherries and the Christmas red and green M & M’s.
Listen to Christmas Songs – I’m partial to Michael Bublé, but there are plenty of great Christmas albums out there. Old favorites like Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Bing Crosby all have lots of Christmas songs. Modern stars like Toby Keith, Mariah Carey and Coldplay have all recorded Christmas music. Tune your radio to 104.1 KMGL – they are playing Christmas music 24/7 right now. Even better, sing along with your favorite tunes. As Buddy the Elf says, “The Best Way to Spread Christmas Cheer is Singing Loud for All to Hear”.
I hope these tips help you find your Christmas Spirit and that you have a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year. It’s a Wonderful Life!
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Joey P. Root
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