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10 things you can do to get ready for Christmas

Only 2 days before Christmas.... SOUZU compiled a list of ways that you can get into the Christmas spirit.

1) Make a Christmas playlist.

First and foremost, everyone must make a Christmas playlist. When it’s snowing outside and everyone is sitting around the dinner, listening to rap or pop music just doesn’t have the same cheery effect. The best Christmas playlist include a variety of songs from different eras. Some basic suggestions:

– All I Want for Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey (my all-time favorite, judge all you like)

– Anything from Michael Buble’s Christmas album (the man’s got a Christmas voice)

– Underneath the tree by Kelly Clarkson

- Last Christmas by Wham (An all time favorite)

- Some Christmas carols

2) Buy/Build a gingerbread house.

Or a veggie lodge, like the one we posted last week on our SOUZU blog.

3) Decorate. Decorate everything.

The more the better. Don’t limit yourself to decorating your house. Decorate cookies. Decorate the sidewalk with Christmas chalk drawings. Decorate your face with red and green makeup. Decorate your soul with the Christmas spirit.

4) Watch a Christmas movie.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. How the Grinch Stole Christmas. A Christmas Story. A Charlie Brown Christmas. There are so many heart-warming Christmas movies out there, it’s hard to list them all. 

5) Create a gift list idea for other people.

Receiving gifts on Christmas is only half the fun. The only thing better than the weeks leading up to Christmas is finding the perfect present for someone you love, whether it’s a gag gift or a serious item that they’ve been needing for awhile.

6) Start a countdown.

Countdowns can be a very powerful force in nature, if the New Year’s Eve ball drop tradition is any indication. They can both ease the mind (i.e. 10 more minutes until I can escape this English class on Medieval Dinner Plates) and incite anticipation (i.e. 2 more days until I can order my tickets for Lord of the Rings on ice). Advent calendars can also be an acceptable substitution for such events. 

7) Bust out the seasonal drinks/food.

Nearly every respectable establishment offers some sort of special Christmas meal or drink. Pumpkin spice latte. EGGNOG. Then pair that with Christmas munchkins or candy canes and you’ve got yourself a meal. I had a Black forest hot chocolate in Costa yesterday.

8) Wear a Santa hat all day, every day.

They make everything more fun and some will keep you warm too.

9) Volunteer to wrap presents, and everything else.

Present-wrapping is a core part of the Christmas tradition, so volunteering to do it, either for charity purposes or to wrap your own, can get you in the holiday spirit. Of course SOUZU can do it for you with our Gift wrapping service.

10) Be jolly.

This is perhaps the most important rule of all. In the end, Christmas is not about spending enormous amounts of money or spoiling your children/parents/grandparents/significant other. Rather, it’s about coming together and celebrating all of the good parts of life. The best thing you can do to prepare for Christmas is just be happy. Take advantage of it. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, after all. And one of my favorite time is watching the kids opening their presents.


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