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1. CLEAN and decorate your room!
My all-time favourite is hanging up multi-coloured fairy lights, but you can also use fir branches, pine cones, hollies, baubles, Santa figurines, nutcrackers, unopened walnuts, wintry mugs filled with candy, lametta, cookie ornaments, tealights...
2. Craft/Get an Advent calendar with chocolates or teabags inside for each day.
3. Make yourself a huge cup of hot sweet deliciousness! (e.g. hot chocolate, Pumpkin Spice Latte, Chai tea, cinnamon tea, hot milk with honey...)
4. Light your room with loads of (scented) candles. Don't burn down the house though.
5. Make some cookies, truffles, gingerbread or roast apples! It's twice as fun if you invite some friends over to do it.
6. Get some awesome patterned knitted socks to wear around at home!
7. Craft/Write cute Christmas cards. Maybe to your grandparents, your aunt or your boyfriend's parents?
8. Read a fantasy (or just fantastic) book, while nestling in a fluffy blanket on the sofa. *
9. Learn how to knit and make a scarf, a pair of wristlets or leg-warmers. Or even socks!
10. Sort through your things and give some away to a charity.
11. Take a walk through your nearest body-care store (Bath and Body Works, The Body Shop, Lush) and smell their holiday scents! Personally i love anything vanilla/chocolate/cinnamon/caramel :)
12. Go to a church or other religious place. Nobody says you have to sit down and pray. I myself just like the feeling of being in a sacred place lit by candles, especially at night. It is so peaceful.
13. Watch these Christmas movies: It's A Wonderful Life, The Polar Express, Miracle on 34th Street. Or just watch any other epic movies that will get you into a festive spirit. **
14. Go ice-skating! (with your friends or your boyfriend - it's so much fun!)
15. Buy or better yet make an Advent wreath!
16. If there's enough snow where you live, build a snowman, make a snow angel, go sledge riding, start a snowball fight...
17. Instead of throwing it away, place peeled off orange zest onto a plate on your windowsill. It will act as a natural wintry room scent. Another great option to scent your room is to drip a few drops of essential oils, such as lavender, cinnamon, orange, marzipan etc., into a bowl of water and placing that onto your radiator.
18. Get Christmas-themed bedclothes with reindeer, Santa, snowflakes, fir trees or the like.
19. At nightfall visit your local Christmas market with a bunch of friends and enjoy the smell (and taste) of hot punch, roasted almonds and sweet pastries.
20. Spend your entire weekend in wonderfully corny patterned flannel PJs. (see Nr 18.)
21. If you have one at your house, get your chimney going! There's nothing better than coming home from a long snowy workday, and having a warm crackling fire to sit in front of, snuggled into a blanket and sipping on a cup of hot chocolate.
22. Fill your house with almost annoyingly merry Christmas songs! I will link up a few of my favourites down below.
23. Gift wrapping! Some might associate Christmas shopping with lots of stress and running around - okay, I can see your point -, but somehow I do enjoy looking for presents and, even more, wrapping them! I love sitting down at night, playing some chill Christmas music, and thinking of the most creative way to wrap the presents.
24. Wear tacky Christmas sweaters - day in, day out.
25. This shouldn't be Christmas specific, but since it is part of the Christmas spirit, I will add it to my list: Do unselfish generous gestures, like clearing the snow for your neighbour, cleaning the flat for your roomates or visiting your parents with a box of biscuits.
* i recommend: The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter.
Also The Little King December, The Book Thief, Snow Falling on Cedars, The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, The Shadow of the Wind, Inkheart.
** i recommend: The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter 1-3, Game of Thrones (notice a pattern?)
Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. ~ Calvin Coolidge
I wish you all a merry Advent season!
I'm so happy this post is getting featured 3 years after being published! Thanks a bunch, Marissa!
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