It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

LIFESTYLES EDITOR

Kali Bradford

With Thanksgiving now on November’s page, it’s time to move on to December.

Not that you needed it, but you now have permission to indulge in all things Christmas. This includes – but is not limited to – music, Christmas sweaters both ugly and otherwise, putting up Christmas trees and lights and Christmassy scents.

Christmas can be a magical time of the year, if one allows it. For children, Santa is preparing for his big journey and everyone’s Elf on the Shelf has made his or her appearance looking to get into mischief and to keep a daily report going back to Santa as to who is being naughty and nice.

For us adults, it can be a more stressful time. We worry about gift-giving and purchasing that “must-have” item just in time for Dec. 25.

But if I could remind all of us, including myself, that Christmas is so much more. Spiritually, it offers hope and peace to all. And while getting that perfect gift is nice, it shouldn’t be what we are focusing on. We should be thankful for each other and what we have around us. Those so-called “must-have” gifts will always be looming, so it’s not the end of the world if one doesn’t find them under the tree.

To appropriately christen December, I leave you with a few of my favorite things when it comes to the holiday. Hopefully, one or two of them will ignite the magic that Christmas so welcomingly brings. Enjoy.

 

Christmas scents

Yes, pumpkin spice gets its 15 minutes of fame with seemingly everything scented or flavored like the beloved fall fruit.

Well, pumpkin has had its glory and now it’s time for Christmas scents to have their moment.

Christmas scents, in my opinion, are some of the best and sometimes the most bittersweet. They take us down our holiday memory lanes, baking cookies with grandma, putting up the tree with mom and dad or even back to when you celebrated your own first Christmas.

Some of my favorites include peppermint, cranberry and evergreen (also known as Christmas tree scent). The delightful thing is that they are literally everywhere this time of the year and can be found in food, candles and more.

 

Christmas music

 

Hearing Nat King Cole croon “The Christmas Song” is about as good as it gets and seems to always get me in the Christmas mood.

Thanks to music streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora, finding or making your own Christmas playlist can happen with a few swipes and clicks.

     

Christmas shows

Christmas just isn’t Christmas without the movie, “A Christmas Story.” You’ve got to watch Ralphie and his guest getting his Red Rider BB gun at least once during the holiday season.

There are also television shows that are a must to watch such as “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” along with “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.”

Make a night of it with the kiddos and sit down with them to watch a Christmas favorite.

 

Christmas decorations

Yes, they are a hassle. They take forever to put up and even longer to take down, but in between that time they are so pretty to look at. Whether it’s grandma’s Nativity scene or the hundreds of Christmas lights that are hung outside, take some time to “deck the halls.” You’ll be glad you did.

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