Christmas services at church are either underway or coming Christmas Eve. And @@if you’re not careful, Christmas will arrive, but the Christmas spirit will be totally absent.@@ We all do Christmas parties, gift exchanges, Christmas meals and Christmas playlists. So today I want to offer up 3 surefire – and slightly quirky – traditions to capture the Christmas spirit.
1. Fresh Balsam
I told you this would be quirky and unexpected, but you need to take a visit to your local Bath & Body Works and purchase at least 1, maybe 2, Fresh Balsam scented candles. Light those up Christmas Eve, and you can’t go wrong. The Woodland Balsam, Crisp Eucalyptus, Fir Branches, and Cedarwood blend is guaranteed to bring on Christmas cheer.
2. Pajama Party
I’m still serious. Every year, my wife buys matching or themed pajamas. They are always warm and always comfortable. For instance, last year a new episode of Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out, and I have little boys who are Star Wars fanatics. So, what did we all open up on Christmas Eve night? Star Wars pajamas. What’s the plan for this year? Easy…Cubs pajamas! If you want to go the extra mile, wear them to your family Christmas gathering the next day. We’ve done this on two occasions and never regretted it.
3. Movie Date
When the kids are down, stockings are hung, and you’ve half eaten Santa’s milk and cookies, get your matching pajamas on and put on your spouse’s favorite Christmas movie. You can do a classic like It’s A Wonderful Life or perhaps one from your childhood (if you’re my age) like Home Alone. My wife’s favorite is The Holiday from 2006.
Take it or leave it. These are small ways the Bowman family puts an extra layer of cheer onto our Christmas. Whatever you choose, start making traditions with your family!
What are your quirky family traditions? How are you planning to capture the Christmas spirit this year?