From Donner and Blitzen to visions of dancing sugarplum fairies, we love spinning tales of the merry and miraculous. The holidays are always filled with happy memories from the past and the hope of good things to come. As you gather with family and friends this year, remember to be grateful for all that you have and share good tidings and cheer.
1. “Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” —Edith Sitwell
3. Write a holiday haiku.
4. Listen to “Christmas in Hollis” by Run-DMC.
5. Read The Artful Year: Celebrating the Seasons and Holidays with Crafts and Recipes by Jean Van’t Hul.
6. Watch A Christmas Story on TBS (over and over and over again).
7. “Human beings are social animals by nature and thus community is the basis of a happy life.” —His Holiness the Dalai Lama
8. Run a Turkey Trot.
9. Brew a winter ale.
10. Listen to “Snow Snow Snow” by Band of Merrymakers.
11. Watch It’s a Wonderful Life.
12. Read How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss.
13. “The need to belong, to feel cared for, and to depend on other individuals and groups to thrive and survive is an essential part of our human nature.” —Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D.
15. Donate a turkey to a women’s shelter.
16. Listen to “8 Days (of Hanukkah)” by Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings.
17. Watch Gremlins.
18. Read Gratitude by Oliver Sacks.
19. “It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly.” ―Martin Luther King Jr.
20. Go sledding.
21. Attend a Festival of Lights.
22. Listen to “Old City Bar” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
23. Watch Trolls.
24. Read 365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life by John Kralik.
25. “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” —Buddy the Elf
26. Make mulled wine just to make the house smell good.
27. Show your kids how to make snow angels.
28. Listen to “The Man With All the Toys” by Brian Wilson.
29. Watch Pursuing Happiness.
30. Collect real pine cones and holly berries.
31. Express your gratitude often.
32. Read The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen.
33. Invite a friend or co-worker over for a family dinner.