Chasing Holiday Spirit

 

Even though the song says, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” for some people getting in the spirit is difficult. Perhaps the purse strings are tighter this year, or you are unable to be with the ones you love.  Holiday time is great opportunity to dust off the old home movies and remember when you made snow angels in the front yard. Footage of times gone by is a great way to feel the love of yesterday and bring back those people you love, even if it is just for a moment.

If old home movies are not your thing you can still get in the spirit with classic holiday movies.  Need some suggestions?  Consider movies such as Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Carol or It’s a Wonderful Life. Of course, not to be missed is A Charlie Brown Christmas or Home Alone.

A great way to bring the holiday spirit to your home is to light a scented candle. Maybe a candy cane scent, cinnamon or apple pie will spark a few sweet memories that take you back to your grandmother’s house. For those creative enough to try something new buy a candle-making kit from a craft or hobby store and create a great gift for someone you love.

As your favorite candle flickers and scents the air with a sweet memory, break out the classic holiday music that will put you immediately in the holiday mood.  Some radio stations play Christmas or holiday music daily or you can dust off the old vinyl or 8 tracks. Sing along and remember that the holiday season is only every twelve months, so now is the time.  If motivation for songs is needed try listening to some of these:

“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” – Perry Como

“Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow” – Dean Martin

“Frosty the Snowman” – Jimmy Durante

“Silver Bells” – Johnny Mathis

“Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer” – Gene Autry

“O Holy Night” – MercyMe

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” – Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan

“It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” – Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra

“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” – Brenda Lee

Nothing really makes the holidays as complete as baking something from the past. Dig out your grandmother’s sugar cookies or find your old family fudge recipe. Even if your home alone, you can always surprise a neighbor with a holiday treat.

Joy can come in small packages and is meant to be shared with others. Give a gift of joy to yourself first, then shine that light out to others.

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