23 Ways to Regain the Christmas Spirit When You’ve Been Scrooged 9



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Ever feel grumpy around Christmas?

You know, really Scrooge-worthy?

You’ve been driving around with crying, unhappy children looking for those last few gifts and you just can’t take one more: “Mom, I need to go potty!” because, you have been in those dirty bathrooms about three times in the past hour already…

You know there isn’t soap in the dispensers and you ran out of hand sanitizer two potty trips ago.

Or, you take one look at your bank account and know you don’t have enough money to buy the gifts for three more people you need to buy for.

And your teenager just told you they didn’t want that Kindle Fire that you scrimped and scraped for. You don’t have time to change things now.

Or, you realize that you totally forgot to mail the Christmas cards that you ordered three weeks ago, but they are sitting quietly hidden in that drawer that you put them carefully in so you “wouldn’t forget”.

Or, that well-dressed man who pulled into your parking spot right as you were about to pull in after looking for ten minutes and then you have to stand behind him in the mile-long line and listen to him complain to whomever he is speaking to on his Bluetooth about all the crying children in the store, two of which are your own.

And, it takes all you’ve got to only imagine wiping that baby spit-up on his designer coat.

Sometimes Christmas can bring out the worst in us. It really brings out the Scrooginess.


So, in an effort to regain the Christmas spirit, I have gathered:

23 ways to regain the Christmas spirit when you’ve been Scrooged!

23 Ways to Reclaim the Christmas Spirit When You've Been Scrooged


1. Read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. 

2. Watch this video: The Little Matchgirl

3. Remember this quote:

Hope was Born that Night printable

 4. Read this story: Trouble at the Inn by Dina Donahue (This is one of my favorites!!)

5. Watch Mr. Krueger’s Christmas with Jimmy Stewart. You won’t regret it!!

6. Listen to this beautiful Christmas hymn: “Angels We Have Heard on High” by the Piano Guys, David Archuleta, and Peter Hollins

7. Read this story: Big Tom (author unknown). Be sure to have a tissue handy.

8. Take a nap.

9. Whatever you do, don’t go to Walmart. Please. Just. Don’t. Watch Elf instead. Do it, now.

10. Listen to this beautiful rendition of Hallelujah by Ross Wooten.

11. Snuggle up with a blanket, some hot cocoa and watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (see a portion of it here, but you really must watch the whole thing).

12. Bake some of those ready-made cookies and eat them. Sharing is optional.

13. Read this quote:

The Magic of Christmas is in His presence

14. Watch A Christmas Story. I triple-dog-dare you to stick your tongue on that freezing cold metal pole. Mythbusters and my five brothers proved that it definitely will get stuck!

15. Read this post: 4 Generous Gifts for the Holidays that Won’t Cost You a Dime

16. Watch It’s a Wonderful Life. Another Jimmy Stewart movie that will touch your heart.

Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings

17. Read The Mansion by Henry Van Dyke. You will begin to reclaim the Christmas spirit, I promise.

18. Read my second favorite Christmas story. This one always makes me cry: My Grandmother’s Nativity

19. #ShareTheGift

20. Hold hands with your sweetie.

21. Remember, at least you probably aren’t getting an ironing board (or a garbage can) for Christmas: All I Want for Christmas is an Ironing Board

22. Remember the Grinch’s words:

The Grinch's Christmas


23. Last, but not least, read from Luke 2. Remember the reason for the season: the birth of Christ, our Savior.



I want to wish you all a very merry Christmas. Thank you for stopping by today!

And, thank you to Camille for hosting her advent calendar. Be sure to stop by and visit her and the other posts:


Do you have something you do when you are feeling Scrooge-worthy? Feel free to share below!

And, if you liked this, please share it. That is another thing that may help you feel less Scroogy! 


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9 thoughts on “23 Ways to Regain the Christmas Spirit When You’ve Been Scrooged

  • Reply

    Elizabeth this is such a lovely post! There are so many wonderful things to help bring joy and a focus back on the meaning of the season.

    Thank you! I needed this 🙂

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      Elizabeth Post author

      Jen, thank you. Your comments are always so meaningful to me. I needed some of these to help me regain the Christmas spirit. It is so important to remember the meaning of the season!! Have a wonderful holiday!

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    What a great post! I’ve really had a hard time getting and staying in the Spirit of it all. I’m going to do several of the things on this list. Merry Christmas!

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    I would add – Look outside yourself. Buy a gift for a child in need; do an act of service for a neighbour; spend an extra 10 minutes talking to your child at bedtime. On the surface this seems like just one more thing in a list of “to do” but in reaching out past yourself, you can reclaim some of the magic of the season.

    And – Say no. If you don’t want to do something, don’t do it. Obviously there are things you have to do; you have to drag yourself to your child’s school concert and sit though all of the acts instead of grabbing your child and going as soon as they’re finished (unless you’re very good at faking a family emergency?); but if you don’t feel like getting a big family portrait done, don’t; if you don’t feel like making cookies for your neighbours, don’t; if you don’t feel like doing Elf on a Shelf, don’t; if you don’t feel like cooking a huge Christmas dinner, don’t. Who’s going to care?

    After I emigrated from the US I spent the first 11 years hating Christmas because of serious dysfunction in my in-law’s family. Finally I worked up the nerve to say, No. No more. We had a small child; and I wanted her to have happy Christmas memories, not memories of a mother who was stressed and upset for the two months leading up to Christmas. Over the past 7 years we’ve forged our own traditions. Some of them are rather unusual – for Christmas dinner we all get to choose a favourite food (this year it’ll be lasagne, pepperoni pizza, banana bread, and watermelon); we watch a horror film on Christmas night after the kids have gone to bed. The first few years were tough; there was constant pressure from the in-laws to spend Christmas with them; there were a lot of guilt trip. But we stood our ground; and we’ve found a lot more happiness in the season because of it.

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    Elizabeth, I love all of your ideas and I am saving this post to remind myself to stop and enjoy the moment because it will be gone before you know it. Happy holidays!