8 things guar­an­teed to make you feel Christ­massy right now

The Star (St. Lucia) - - CHRISTMAS ISSUE - By

Susie McBeth for Metro. co.uk

It is cold and hor­rid out­side and you still have tons of work to do be­fore you can fi­nally kick back, gorge on turkey and en­joy Christ­mas.

To say that you are not in the best of fes­tive spir­its (un­less you count the dou­ble whiskey you knocked back after the long day you just fin­ished at the of­fice) is putting it mildly. Un­less, that is, you are one of those peo­ple who in­stantly click into Christ­mas mode the mo­ment De­cem­ber first gets here and spend your days hum­ming Christ­mas tunes while wan­der­ing around with a gi­ant snow­man on the front of your very ugly Christ­mas jumper. If you are not one of those peo­ple, you may need a lit­tle help chan­nel­ing some Christ­mas spirit, be­low are eight things guar­an­teed to make you feel Christ­massy right now. 1. Christ­mas Cof­fee Noth­ing quite says Christ­mas like your morn­ing cof­fee, flavoured with ginger­bread, pep­per­mint, eggnog, caramel brulée, tof­fee nut or some other flavour that Star­bucks Santa has de­cided to un­leash dur­ing the fes­tive pe­riod. 2. Christ­mas movies De­cem­ber is a time for Christ­mas movies, the cheesier the bet­ter. Get­ting through even half an hour of the most sac­cha­rine movie (most likely to be found on Christ­mas 24) will fill you with the need to start dec­o­rat­ing your tree and writ­ing out your Christ­mas cards. Give in to the urge. You know they are ter­ri­ble, but in a kind of ‘so bad they are so good’ type of way. Plus, we won’t tell! 3. Writ­ing Christ­mas cards Christ­mas is a time to put the key­board down and pick up a pen.

Not only will writ­ing your Christ­mas cards fill you with nostal­gia for friends you have not seen in a while, it will also make you feel re­ally good. There is noth­ing like spread­ing the fes­tive cheer to all the peo­ple lucky enough to make your list. 4. Dec­o­rate your tree Once you have fin­ished stress­ing out and won­der­ing how your tree lights man­aged to get them­selves in such a knot­ted mess over the last twelve months, take some time, grab a glass of wine and dec­o­rate your tree.

Hav­ing a twinkly fes­tive bea­con of fun tak­ing up a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of your liv­ing room will give you a much needed dose of Christ­mas. Also, Christ­mas trees are pretty. 5. Lis­ten to Christ­mas mu­sic Singing along to fes­tive hits or car­ols will have you feel­ing Christ­massy in no time.

Whether you like your Christ­mas mu­sic in the shape of Mariah Carey blast­ing out All I Want For Christ­mas Is You, or some­thing a bit more quirky like The Killers, Don’t Shoot Me Santa, there is some­thing out there for ev­ery­one. 6. Se­cret Santa Sign up for your of­fice Se­cret Santa. Get­ting some­one a gift and know­ing that they have no idea who it is from and also know­ing that there is a gift in it for you too (who doesn’t like get­ting presents), is ex­cit­ing and fun. 7. Put on a Christ­mas jumper They are ugly as sin and the epit­ome of ev­ery­thing that is not cool in a jumper (if jumpers were ever cool?) and some of them even have flash­ing lights. They do how­ever, make you feel very Christ­massy. 8. Watch Elf When all else fails, watch Elf. If Will Fer­rell’s Buddy the Elf can’t fill you with Christ­mas cheer, you might just be a Grinch…

Even your cof­fee can be spiced up and dec­o­rated

this Christ­mas.

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