Tuesday, December 11, 2012

christmas cheer guide - a return

I have never re-published a post before, but I'm trying to finish papers and not finding it easy to think about blog posts, so I thought I'd revisit last year's Christmas cheer guide. While everyone else is publishing gift guides, I'll put out a list of how to get back into the Christmas spirit after trying to find all those gifts and standing in line.

So put on your Mannheim Steamroller and get ready to feel cheery!
(This is originally from December 6, 2011)

Even during the Christmas season, we don't always feel so cheery and filled with the holiday spirit. Maybe it was a bad day at work, winter traffic, other people being stupid, or crowded shopping mall parking lots that bring you out of the Christmas glow. Or maybe your life is just a little crazy and you're finding it a little hard to get into the spirit. If any of this applies to you this season, here are my surefire ways to get into (or back into) the holiday spirit.

1- A cup of Cheer.

red cup for the win
Even if Starbucks isn't your thing- sitting down with a nice warm cup of your favourite winter coffee, tea, or warm beverage is a nice break from all the craziness of the holidays. Throw on some music and just enjoy a few minutes by yourself or with someone you like to spend time with. Living in Liberia and aren't sure about drinking a warm beverage on a warm day? Crank up the A/C, put on a Christmas sweater, and enjoy the beverage for a few minutes. Then resume your pool sitting and sunning.

2- A Christmas Tree.
a very philly christmas
Even if I don't have one at home, sitting near a Christmas tree and looking at the decorations and the lights always puts me in the Christmas spirit. They're so shiny and pretty and it is hard not to feel happy when you're sitting in the glow of the tree (and if you're lucky, smelling pine!). Whether it is a tree as a part of the mall's Santa display or a tree in a good friend's living room, it always puts a smile on my face (even one that looks like this). Can't find a tree to look at in person? Open a bottle of Pine Sol, put on some Christmas music, and google image search "Christmas Tree." Then try not to spill the Sol as you sniff it.

3- A Christmas Movie
Can I refill your egg nog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?
Whether you're an Elf, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, Die Hard, or Love Actually fan, a Christmas movie is ideal for Christmas cheer. The soundtracks are full of Christmas music, the sets are gloriously cheery, and in general, things work out in the end. They are feel-good movies that make you feel all warm and cuddly inside. Even Bad Santa makes you feel good for parts of it. So find a movie, grab some popcorn, and let the cheer overtake you. May I recommend Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer? Just make sure you watch the whole way through- it is a bit of a downer if you just watch the part where society bullies the characters who are different.

4- Holidays on Ice.

No, I don't mean some sort of Disney ice capades holiday show.  If you aren't familiar with David Sedaris, you should really become familiar with him. His short stories are pithy, smart, and hilarious. Especially the Christmas ones. While I'm sure reading the book is quite nice, I recommend listening to the audio version of Holidays on Ice. He narrates the audiobook and the way he tells his own stories is practically perfect in every way. If nothing else, these will make you laugh and will make you wonder what the heck the Dutch were up to.

5- Booze it up.
cause of and solution to all life's problems
If all else fails, spike your coffee, make your egg nog a double, drink gin right out of the bottle...whatever your style, booze it up good. If it doesn't put a little cheer in your step, just drink more and you'll forget why you needed cheer in the first place. This is actually probably the best option if life has beaten that holiday spirit right out of you, but just for the sake of your health, try numbers 1 through 4 before resorting to this one.

What would be in your Christmas cheer guide?


Leana said...

Christmas movies and alcohol...a great cheer guide! Good luck with your papers!

Caroline said...

love david sedaris
I have all his books!

Anonymous said...

I listened to Stuart Maclean tell 'Dave cooks the turkey' while sitting in traffic on the weekend. Always does it for me. And home alone/Christmas vacation are up there too!


Kristofor Ballance said...
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kristen said...

oh man - the turkey...that and the eggnog are my favourite of the vinyl cafe crhistmas stories...

papers are coming along! thanks!

danhall1984 said...

I was going to recommend Stuart Maclean too! He has a whole CD of christmas stories!