When we were kids, holiday mood was coming to us on its own. We had so much time, so much imagination and all of the attention was turned towards us. Unfortunately, all that stuff, and many other have lost during our growing up process. Everyday stress, obligations, speed, organization really makes it hard for us to turn those Christmas lights in our heads on. Here is the list of hacks which will help you to get into holiday mood on your own.


Home Improvement


Home is where we spend most of our time. We are subconsciously guided and we feel the way our home looks. This is why it’s important to bring holidays into your home. 


Invite the holidays in


It’s quite simple actually. These are things you usually do during holidays. Decorate your Christmas tree, put Christmas lights all over your house, sheet your pillows with holiday themed pillow shams, make decorative gift boxes and put them all over the house as well. Make sure that all decorations are sparkly and glamorous so they will always draw your attention.



Take care of your air



Refresh the air in your home by using air purifiers (since the air in our houses can sometimes be pretty stifling and smelly during winter because we are not opening our windows that much from all that cold) and add that holiday aroma by putting cinnamon scented candles all over the place.



Exterior



Make a wreath out of classic elements like olive branches and spruce and unexpected accented ones like eucalyptus branches, echeveria succulents etc. Spice it up with some glitter maybe and put it on your front door to welcome the guests. Also, add many Christmas lights all over your front yard and keep them on at night.


Dress up 


Holiday time is getting crazy with your clothing time. Feel free to try out some new things like:

1. Sequins

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Oh my god they are so popular this season. I don’t know is it just me, but I am in love with this trend. You can find them everywhere, on dresses, sweaters, T-shirts, leggings even blazers. Sometimes a gal needs some glow (wink).


2. Dresses

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Wake your inner J-Lo with a deep cleavage dress. I know, it may seem like too much skin but come on! What is so wrong with being sexy sometimes?

Lace dresses – Remember, if you don’t want to look cheap and provocative, keep it as simple as possible. This means that only one lace piece is perfectly enough since lace already draws a lot of attention. Next important thing is that you must be covered up at all times – you don’t want your relatives to see your nippies, right?


3. Knits and red are your best friend


Remember, Red is the new black when holidays arrive. It is known for its warmth, energy and stimulating effects. Basically, it doubles the energy – especially when it comes to holidays. Make sure you wear it continuously. Also, embrace Christmas prints and “ugly” sweaters, because that’s what it’s all about.



Makeup




It’s not just your clothes that has to match to the Christmas rush – it is your makeup as well. 
  • Use bold lipsticks like blood red, glitter gold etc. You can even play a little bit and try out ombre lip effect maybe by using black lip pencil in the corners of your mouth and red one in the center. Fabulous.
  • Try out gold eye shadow as well, to wake up your inner fairy.
  • Feel free to go wild with the highlighter.
  • Get blushy with blush to emphasize the cold of December.



Food & drinks




What is Christmas without mulled wine and gingerbread cookies? Since making these cookies is traditional, and kids love it – here’s how to make them if you don’t already know:

  • For the yield of 45 cookies, you will need 1 cup of unsalted butter,  ¾ cup of brown sugar, ½ cup of unsulphured molasses, 1 egg, 3-1/4 cup of flour, 2 teaspoons of powdered ginger, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1 spoon of baking soda, ¼ teaspoons of: nutmeg, cloves and salt. 
  • Only equipment you’ll need are 3 inch cookie cutters and a rolling pin
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  2. Cream the butter with a mixer and put in the sugar and the egg.
  3. Mix the flour, ginger, baking soda, nutmeg, cloves, salt and cinnamon together and add them into the dough. Shape the dough into a flat ball and wrap it into a plastic wrap. Put it in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  4. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and spray it with pan coating.
  5. Roll out the dough and cut it into appropriately festive shapes.
  6. Line your cookies on the cookie sheets and leave 2 inches minimum between each one.
  7. Bake for about 12 minutes and rotate cookie sheets during baking. When they’re brown and firm remove them from the oven.


The finishing touches


What are holidays without reading Christmas stories and watching Christmas movies? Sit your family down and watch some iconic movies like Home Alone, Elf, Santa Clause etc.


As a conclusion, I would say that the real holiday magic is in spending time with your family and friends. Have a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year! 








Written by: Claire Hastings