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7 Ideas that will lift your holiday spirit

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This time of year should be a joyous happy time. Sometimes, people just don’t have the holiday spirit. A few years, I was the ba-humbug, no holiday spirited person. When I get like that, I try to do things that will life my spirit. There are a lot of things that can be done to get you in the spirit. Here’s my list of holiday spirit boosters.

 

Holiday music.

This is the number one thing that can change my sour mood around. Put it on when you are cleaning your house. Sing obnoxiously even if you sound like a wounded moose. Play it when you are cooking and use the spatula as a microphone. Play it when you are getting ready for the day. Starting your day with it can really help turn your mood around.

 

Holiday movies.

If holiday music isn’t for you, because I know a lot of people who find Christmas music, annoying, maybe try watching a holiday movie. I love Christmas movies. The grinch is my favorite and is relatable when you are not in the holiday spirit. Another good movie is Prancer. (Prancer has Sam Elliot in it when he was younger, so you know this is a good movie!)

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Holiday festivities.

Going out and seeing some Christmas lights or participating in a Christmas related activity can really help you get into the spirit. Being around others who are in the spirit can lift yours. Seeing some beautiful light displays can also get you in the mood. This past Sunday night, my family and I went to a chocolate factory in my town that decorates their outside gardens with millions of light displays. They even had Santa there and a hot cocoa stand. We went with our good friends and their kids. My daughter had a blast and thought it was just the prettiest thing ever.

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Holiday baking.

I don’t know about everyone else, but I love to bake. Baking cookies around the holiday and giving them to family and friends or just eating them myself puts me in a great holiday mood. I love the smell that fills the house.

 

Decorating.

I love decorating for the holidays, especially Christmas. Light up candy canes and reindeer are my favorite outdoor decorations and garland and paper snowflakes are my favorite indoor decorations, as well as a Christmas tree, of course. Seeing the decorations really does put you in better spirits. I’ve been making paper snowflakes and hanging them from my ceiling ever since I can remember. 

 

The gift of giving.

This always warms my heart and brightens my holiday mood. I think this is the most important part of the holiday season.  Giving to those in need gives you a sense of joy that you can’t buy. It teaches you to be humble and sometimes, being humbler is the key to a better holiday spirit. Just about every year, except for the last few, I have gone to feed the homeless. One of my favorite things to do, especially around the holidays. You wouldn’t believe how thankful someone is just for spending your time with them and spreading your holiday cheer with them.

 

Remember, the holidays are about love, giving, family and friends. Not about material things. If you are having a rough time this holiday season and can’t seem to shake the ba-humbug mood, look to your family or friends for support, use my list as a guideline or make your own list of your favorite holiday things. Sometimes writing down what you love about the holidays will make you feel better.

 

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30 Stocking stuffers for your husbands

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Every year, I fill my husbands stocking along with my kids. (Honestly, I even fill the animal’s stockings) I just love stocking stuffers!

  1. Pens
  2. T-shirts
  3. Pocket Knife
  4. Book light
  5. Key chair
  6. Coffee mug
  7. Flash light
  8. Head phones
  9. Wallet
  10. Tools
  11. Bottle opener
  12. Sun glasses
  13. Razors
  14. Socks
  15. Nail clippers
  16. Books
  17. Bungee cords
  18. Rechargeable batteries and charger
  19. Lint brush
  20. Car cleaning accessories
  21. Chips
  22. Cookies
  23. Candy
  24. Gloves
  25. Hat
  26. Phone case
  27. Beef jerky
  28. Beer/soda
  29. Magnetic wrist band
  30. Tire pressure gauge

I hope I made it easier for y’all when it comes to stuffing your families’ stockings. What are some things you put in your families’ stockings? Let me know down below in the comments.

 

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50 Stocking stuffers for your teens

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Here I am with more stocking stuffer ideas. This time it’s for the teenagers who are harder to buy for than toddlers and young kids. This age, their interests change so quick, which makes them sometimes hard to shop for. Here are some things that teenagers will like and actually use!

 

  1. Blackhead removal kit
  2. Gel pens
  3. Face mask
  4. Lip treatment
  5. Head phones
  6. Wallet
  7. Journal/planner
  8. Make up brushes
  9. Compact mirror
  10. Small makeup bag
  11. Lotion
  12. Hair ties
  13. Body wash
  14. Makeup brushes
  15. Gift card for food
  16. Socks
  17. Sleep mask
  18. Bath bombs
  19. Body spray
  20. Gum
  21. Beanie
  22. Watch
  23. Comb
  24. Portable charger
  25. Lanyard
  26. Grooming kit
  27. Video game store gift cards
  28. Book
  29. SD Memory card
  30. Hand warmers
  31. Headphone splitter
  32. Hand sanitizer
  33. Texting gloves
  34. Tic Tacs
  35. Bluetooth speaker
  36. Movie tickets
  37. Razors
  38. Insta camera
  39. Sticky notes
  40. Toothbrush
  41. Starbucks gift card
  42. Coffee mug
  43. Travel sewing kit
  44. Travel tissues
  45. Hot cocoa, tea or coffee
  46. Pop corn
  47. Candy bar
  48. Chips
  49. Cookies
  50. Gloves

 

Again, there’s no need to spend that much on stocking stuffers. You can get most of these at the dollar store. So, don’t hurt your wallet by over paying on stocking stuffers. Teenagers are already expensive.

What are some things you like to put in your teenager’s stocking?

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40 stocking stuffers that your kids will love

40 stocking stuffers for your kidsDigging through my stocking on Christmas morning was my favorite part of Christmas when I was a kid. Now that I have kids, stuffing their stockings is my favorite thing to do because I love the look on my girls faces when they keep pulling more things out. Let’s face it though, sometimes the stuff we put in their stockings ends up in the trash or broken a few days later or broken and floating around the house. I also don’t think it’s necessary to stuff my kid’s stockings full of sugar either.

 

TODDLERS & YOUNG KIDS:

  1. Art supplies
  2. Coloring book
  3. Color wonder paper
  4. Color wonder markers
  5. Color wonder paint
  6. Bubbles
  7. Stickers
  8. Fruit snacks
  9. Baby doll
  10. Books
  11. Puzzles
  12. Socks
  13. Stuffed animal
  14. Toy food
  15. Hair bows/flowers
  16. Brush
  17. Glow in the dark stars
  18. Disney movie
  19. Rubber duck
  20. Bath crayons
  21. Color bath drops
  22. Bubble bath
  23. Luffa
  24. Tooth brush/tooth paste
  25. Baby doll bottles
  26. Sock monkeys
  27. Crayons
  28. Cars
  29. Dinosaurs
  30. Cup
  31. Underwear
  32. Flash light
  33. Nightlight
  34. Flash cards
  35. Matching game
  36. Glow sticks
  37. Sun glasses
  38. Silky/soft pillow case
  39. Chap stick
  40. Dum Dum suckers (Some sugar is okay)

 

Here’s a tip, y’all. You can get 90% of what’s on this list at the dollar store. They are kids, they don’t care where it comes from. No need to pay an arm and a leg on stocking stuffers. Honestly, they’d be happy if you put painted rocks in their stockings. At least my girls would be happy! LOL.

What are some things you like to stick in your kids stockings?

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