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!
1. Read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
2. Watch this video: The Little Matchgirl
3. Remember this quote:
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:
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.
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
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:
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!
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