23 Ways To Make Christmas Magic When You’re A Grown-Up
However, these little hints and tricks might help a germ of Christmas spirit ignite in your heart:
1. Buy a chocolate Advent calendar.
Because not only do you get chocolate before breakfast, your excitement will grow as the amount of chocolates disappear.
2. Or get crafty and make one.
Not for yourself – that’s a bit sad, and you know what’s in it. But they make a great gift for a grinchy loved one to get them equally revved-up for the season. It’ll make you feel extra seasonal too.
3. Whenever you get moody at work, type Christmas + Animal + Gif in to Google images.
Because, it’s the quickest way to raise your Christmas spirits and has been proven by scientists to boost your productivity.
5. Plan your tree.
You’re a grown-up – you can decorate your tree however you want. Even if that’s pandas and pickles.
7. Do grown-up versions of activities you LOVED as a kid.
Like making paper snowflakes. Geek-style – like an R2-D2 paper snowflake.
A quick Google image search will find you similar templates.
10. Dig out your old Christmas jumper.
Because then you’ll have Christmas close to your heart.
12. Put fairy lights EVERYWHERE.
EVERYWHERE. And use them instead of turning on the big light.
13. Only wear clothes that are glittery.
Because, nothing makes you feel more festive than wearing stuff that shines by candlelight. This amazing Stars for Streetlights tutorial shows you how to make your collars pop with fabric glue and glitter.
14. Mull all your drinks.
You can make quick and easy mulled wine and mulled cider (or just warm festive apple juice) in a slow cooker. All you need to do is add your base drink (red wine or cider) then handfuls of some or all of the following: cloves, cinnamon, cinnamon sticks, allspice, brown sugar, apple slices, cranberries, sultanas, lemon juice, lemon peel, nutmeg, and ginger. It’s all down to personal taste and will slowly brew away in about an hour, leaving your house smelling like Christmas.
15. Make your own ornaments.
This cinnamon air-dry dough recipe is cheap, easy enough for your cat to do, and will make your house smell like Christmas from here to Twelfth Night.
17. Pull the cat off the Christmas tree for the 39th time.
Then finally give in and take a photo for Instagram because they look so cute.
18. Roast some chestnuts…
…in the microwave. Just slit the little pointy end with a knife and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes. Serve peeled with butter and salt to dip. Mmmmm.
19. Make a Christmas songs playlist.
Even better – get whomever you’re spending Christmas with to make one too, and combine them and put it on random. Or make each other Christmas mix tapes (YouTube playlists if you’re lazy).
When you’re done, make a Christmas movie playlist too.
20. Get some Christmas stories on audiotape…
…and listen to them all over the house. The easiest way to inject Christmas cheer into your life – even when you’re cleaning the bathroom.
22. Go and see a pantomime.
There are even a few late-night, adult-orientated shows on. Google is your friend here.
23. Make a list of family traditions you want to carry on.
If you’re Christmassing with your partner or with friends, draw up a list of traditions your family used to do when you were a kid, and cherry-pick the best ones, then add some of your own.
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