1. Watch a funny Christmas movie. (We recommend Elf, Christmas Vacation, and A Christmas Story.)
2. Get cookies from the best bakery (or friend) in town.
3. Hire a neighbor kid looking for a few bucks to take care of your shoveling.
4. Organize a gift exchange, instead of buying for everyone.
5. Better yet, make it a white elephant gift exchange.
6. Keep up on your sleep and exercise. Quick naps and short walks can do wonders!
7. Change your voicemail to reflect the joy of the season.
8. Don your dog in a red sweater, or your cat in reindeer ears.
9. Read the classic holiday stories before bed (whether you have kids or not.)
10. Attend a Christmas pageant.
11. Make sure you have a collection of holiday music in your car.
12. Hang Christmas lights around a window in your bedroom.
13. Get all online shopping done by a predetermined date.
14. Order carry-outs for Christmas Eve.
15. Delegate your least favorite chores.
16. Send holiday e-cards instead of using snail mail.
17. Go for a ride to see the lights.
18. If you live in a place where it gets dark early, take a vitamin D supplement.
19. Purchase a new favorite Christmas album.
20. Jump on a sled and ride it down a hill.
21. Send a letter to Santa. (And help make wishes come true.)
22. Block out the busy crowds — wear your iPod while Christmas shopping.
23. Schedule gift exchanges with friends for January, not December.
24. Drink 8 glasses of water each day (it’s pretty much the cure for everything).
25. Go to the movies and see the holiday blockbuster.
26. Lay under the Christmas tree with only the tree lights on.
27. Keep hot chocolate and marshmallows handy at all times.
28. Wear a Santa hat while Christmas shopping.
29. Build a snowman with your coworkers.
30. Watch the Charlie Brown Christmas special.
31. Hang mistletoe in your home.
32. Go Christmas shopping with a friend. Make a fun day out of it.
33. Get your picture taken with Santa. He’s happy to see kids of ALL ages.
34. Keep a gift giving budget.
35. Catch a snowflake on your tongue.
36. Go Christmas caroling. (That’s how Jason and I met!)
37. Get into a snowball fight, preferably with an unsuspecting friend.
38. Treat yourself. Set aside 30 minutes a day just for you.
39. Change your email sig to reflect the fun of the holidays.
40. Go ice skating.
41. Make a birthday cake for Jesus.
42. Arrange for Santa to visit your house on Christmas Eve.
43. Instead of wrapping presents, use gift bags.
44. Buy or make a Christmas countdown calendar/chain.
45. Put holiday-themed wallpaper on your desktop.
46. Don’t overdo it — it’s actually ok to say no to some of the holiday parties.
47. Hang Christmas lights around your desk or in your cube.
48. Set up a wrapping station in your home to make things more efficient.
49. Decorate the tree with some of your favorite people.
50. Light a good smelling holiday candle.
51. Cut your junk mail into snowflakes.
52. Exuberantly pop the bubble wrap that comes in your online orders.
53. Leave a plate of cookies for Santa (and a carrot for the reindeer.)
54. Change the ringer on your cell phone to a Christmas song.
55. Share stories about the best Christmas ever.
56. Hang a picture of the Grinch on your fridge to remind you to smile.
57. Wear red and green to work.
58. Treat yourself to a holiday massage or manicure.
59. Share a plate of yummy cookies with an elderly neighbor.
60. Buy a pre-lit tree.
61. Make a donation to your favorite charity. (Here’s some of ours.)