Christmas is right around the corner, and despite the twinkling lights, the mistletoe and the mandatory merry making, it can be easy to get overcome by busy schedules, slushy sidewalks and long shopping lists. I started out this post trying to write about awesome Christmas music, only to get discouraged and decide I hated Christmas music. I then moved on to movies and quickly decided that anything worth watching was already on one hundred other best christmas movie blogs. Tired, frustrated and feeling uninspired, I retreated from a cozy gathering of friends (complete with wine, chocolate, music and board games) to sit alone, in my cold bedroom, and lament the difficulty I was having contributing anything new and cool to the world of Christmas. Which brings me to the moral of today’s post: Christmas isn’t cool (nor should it be).
The best Christmas music IS the Love Actually Soundtrack and anything by Bing Crosby or Mariah Carey. The best Christmas movies ARE Elf, the Christmas Story and Christmas Vacation. Gingerbread isn’t ironic, it’s delicious. Santa is fat. Egg nog isn’t barrel aged. And reindeer can FLY.
Attitude sufficiently in check, here are a few ideas to help you fight your inner Grinch this holiday season:
1) Watch your childhood favourites. Rudolph, Frosty and Charlie Brown’s Christmas still play on tv every year. If you don’t have cable, consider investing in one of the many classic Christmas dvd compilations available at Chapters.
2) If you don’t have the room, desire, or budget for a real tree, light a cedar scented candle, wrap some led lights around a chair, a lamp, or your roommate, and breath deep. The Woodland candle by Paddwax smells just like the real thing.
3) Buy a few gingerbread kits, stock up on bulk barn candy, put some mulled wine on the stove and invite your nearest and dearest over for a Food Network style gingerbread showdown. If the wine and sugar have you feeling merry, surprise your neighbours with an impromptu caroling session.
4) Watch Will Ferrell’s Elf. Spend the rest of the night informing everyone that smiling is your favourite, then make “Bye _____, hope you find your Dad!” your go to closing for the remainder of the year.
5) Sneak out of work, pick up a gingerbread latte and check out the Bay’s Christmas windows while the crowds aren’t at their peak. If you’re feeling extra naughty, pop over to Nathan Phillip’s Square and take a spin around the skating rink.
6) Pick up some Candy Cane Fudge Crackle ice cream by Presidents Choice and eat it out of the container while wrapped in blankets on the couch watching Love Actually. If this doesn’t give you the warm fuzzies, I don’t know what will.
7) Wrap some presents, deliver a poinsettia, or shovel your neighbours driveway. You know giving makes you feel good, particularly if you do it in a Santa hat.