Surely I can’t be alone in this but I am having the hardest time getting in to the holiday spirit this year… usually by December 1st our home looks like the north pole but I have yet to set up one single decoration. If I had to guess, it’s likely due to the pandemic blues, the distance learning schedule, and a few other personal things going on.

All of this has me feeling rather Grinch like so today I decided to change my perspective and dive in face first to the season… I’m sharing a few things I did or plan to do to shake my scrooge like mood and ring in the holiday spirit!

Side note: these pictures below are my Film images from our trip last year to Monterrey. We stopped in Solvang and stayed the night on our way home and woke up to a Christmas wonderland. Every little inch was wrapped in a Christmas hug. They had “snow” at the park and danish holiday treats at every corner. If you live in Southern California, I can’t recommend this small town for the holidays enough. It’s just the perfect Christmas spot for a weekend!

Shop! Yes, I know that sounds silly in the midst of a pandemic but I haven’t bought one single Christmas present or Holiday decoration thus far and I think it’s greatly affecting my mood. Yesterday I went on a mini binge and bought the twins these pajamas and slippers, and a whole bunch of books, which leads me to my next tip…

If you have kids, break out the holiday books! I ordered some new ones yesterday because some of our older favorites were getting “boring” according to Easton… Here’s a few that I ordered...This one, this one, this one, this one, and this one.

Go all out, I don’t think a simple holiday movie is enough to put us in the christmas spirit this year… I think we need to go all out at home. Set up a movie night once or twice a week and watch a holiday movie with peppermint cocoa or some eggnog!

Start wrapping gifts! Like I said in tip 1, I just ordered a few Christmas gifts for the twins and I can’t wait for them to come so I can wrap them. I have this butcher paper that I plan to use and I bought some pretty velvet ribbon at the fabric store. I want to add in a little greenery too!

My final tip that helped me this year was to finally decorate. We decided on a real tree this year so we’re heading to our local nursery (shop small this year y’all) to pick one up and I can’t wait to get some fresh garland hung and make a pretty wreath! I’m thinking of adding some dried florals to a pine wreath this year and letting Easton and Evie make their own wreaths too.

Getting Into the holiday spirit |
Getting Into the holiday spirit |
Getting Into the holiday spirit |
Getting Into the holiday spirit |

Okay, I’m feeling so much more festive after just writing this little post. Going to go take my own advice and shake this grinch feeling. 2020 hasn’t been the ideal year but it doesn’t mean we can’t have a special holiday!


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