Christmas decorations provide the colors and vibe of Christmas for our homes, but I have 9 ideas to add the Christmas spirit to your home.
What is the Christmas spirit? It’s that intangible feeling that this is a special time of year. No other holiday evokes a magical wonder like Christmas. Need a few suggestions? Let me share my ideas to add the Christmas spirit to your home.
These simple ideas are the things we can do to add that sense of Christmas. The sense of wonder, the feeling of anticipation, a cozy, warm feeling of family, friends, hope and joy.
This is the 5th post of Christmas in July. It’s fun to remember projects, entertaining suggestions and ideas that bring the Christmas season to mind. I hope you have enjoyed this series. The previous week’s posts are listed at the end of this post for you to review and enjoy.
9 Ideas to Add the Christmas Spirit to Your Home
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Good news: these ideas to add the Christmas spirit to your home are simple and inexpensive.
My first idea to add Christmas spirit to your home? Christmas music.
The day after Thanksgiving, Sweet Shark starts playing Christmas music. To me, nothing brings on the Christmas spirit like beautiful Christmas carols playing in the background.
We have collected Christmas CDs for over 20 years. Every genre, dozens of artists, both with lyrics and instrumental. Sweet Shark told me he thinks we have about 50 Christmas CDs.
I asked him to pick 5 of his favorites to share with you which he said was one of the hardest things I’ve ever asked him to do. He kept changing his mind, but finally decided on these 5.
- Elvis’ Christmas Album
- It Won’t Be Christmas Without You ~ Brooks and Dunn
- Pentatonix Christmas
- A Very Special Christmas, Volume 2 (This link is to Vol. 1 and Vol. 2)
- Vienna Noel ~ Placido Domingo, Sissel Kyrkjebo, Charles Aznavour
Christmas lights, whether stars in the sky or our modern electric, have always been part of our Christmas spirit.
We laugh together at Clark Griswald’s attempts to light up his home with a million lights. Jokes about men untangling Christmas lights are part of our Christmas culture. We drive around town looking at Christmas lights in our neighbors’ yards.
At our home, we can’t have enough Christmas lights. Lights aren’t just for your Christmas tree. After years of discussion about white lights (me) versus colored lights (Sweet Shark), we came to the conclusion a few years ago that we can have both ~ now, that is the Christmas spirit.
Once we discovered battery~operated lights, our life was changed. Now we can put lights wherever we want them ~ Look, mom, no plugs required! Even better when lights with timers came on the market.
These days, as the lights come on magically as night falls, it really does seem like the Christmas spirit has entered our home.
When you think that for centuries, candles and campfires were the only way that man had light, we modern folk have embraced candles for all the ambiance they bring.
Candles throughout our homes bring the Christmas spirit with their cozy warmth and glow.
Who doesn’t love the glow of a roaring fireplace during the Christmas holidays? The blaze of the fireplace just evokes a sense of peace and home. Lighting the fireplace during the holidays is almost a rite of passage.
When my kids were little, they couldn’t come into the living room on Christmas morning until the Christmas tree lights were turned on and the fireplace was lit. The Christmas spirit was ready for opening presents.
CHRISTMAS SPIRIT SCENTS
They say that smell is one of our most powerful senses. Aromatic scents from candles and potpourri can bring the Christmas spirit and thoughts of Christmases past.
But you can also make your own Christmas scent with some cinnamon sticks, oranges, and cranberries simmering on the stove. I recently found this wonderful recipe from 11 Magnolia Lane.
CHRISTMAS BLANKET AND THROWS
Cuddling up on the sofa in front of that roaring fire with a cup of hot chocolate is one of my favorite ideas to add the Christmas spirit to your home. You can’t have too many blankets or throws in your home to keep Jack Frost away.
This year I made a new Christmas throw for our living room and display it on our ladder. I used about 1 1/2 yards of flannel in a Christmas plaid and fringed the ends. It’s perfect for wrapping around your shoulders to keep the Baa Humbugs away.
This throw from last year stays on the sofa for afternoon naps or movie watching.
Last year this chunky blanket from Home Goods was on the living room ladder. This year I moved into our bedroom for extra color and to keep our toes warm.
The Christmas spirit is all about warmth and cozy and that’s what blankets and throws provide.
This favorite Christmas pillow brings a fun and vintage Christmas spirit to our home.
Oops. I just realized that one pillow is upside down.
Here’s our master bedroom decked out for Christmas last year.
There are hundreds of Christmas movies, some old, some new. Some classic, funny or silly, some dramatic. The Hallmark Channel has made a business of Christmas movies.
Watching a Christmas movie with family is a time~honored tradition. (Make sure the fireplace is light, you have a cozy blanket and plenty of popcorn.)
We tend to like the older ones to bring in the Christmas spirit.
- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation ~ yes, I know it’s silly and slapstick, but it’s a classic
- It’s a Wonderful Life ~ Who doesn’t think that Clarence got his wings?
- Miracle on 34th Street ~ Who doesn’t believe that Edmund Gwenn is really Santa Claus?
- The Polar Express ~ after reading this story to my kids for years, the movie didn’t disappoint. I cried.
- The Holiday ~ a wonderfully romantic movie. If I cry, then Cameron Diaz has to.
- Home Alone ~ next to Christmas Vacation, the funniest Christmas movie ever made. Who doesn’t wish that Macauley Culkin could have stayed young forever?
Why do we especially love sweets at Christmas? Is the Christmas spirit trying to make us fat? HAHA!
Christmas cookie exchanges bring friends together. Christmas fudge, Christmas brownies, Christmas cakes (Buche Noel, anyone?) ~ they all make us feel festive and joyful.
During the holidays, 2 sweets are always easily accessible. Red and green M & M’s and Christmas kisses are the sweets that we crave. Christmas spirit, come on in!
TRADITIONS OF THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT
However many decorations, trees, vignettes, lights or candles you have to bring in the Christmas spirit, I think there should be at least one thing that is a special tradition in our homes.
The Christmas spirit is all about memories and family and tradition. Whether you have your grandmother’s Christmas china, your father’s favorite Christmas ornaments or the ornaments you saved from early marriage, bringing those things out at Christmas brings in the spirit of Christmas.
My Aunt Mildred was a fabulous knitter. Every Christmas she would knit my brother and me Christmas sweaters. I’d give anything to have just one of those today. I remember the train that my dad would put up around the tree each year. All memories, all traditions, all part of the Christmas spirit.
Sweet Shark and I have one thing that comes out every year for the past 20 years. In July 2000, we were on a 2~week bus tour through Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. The highlight was the Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany.
While there, we found a shop that made nativities. We thought that they were beautiful, each character hand~carved and hand~painted. We ordered one and it arrived just before Thanksgiving.
Each year, we put out the nativity scene. It is our special tradition and nothing evokes the spirit of Christmas more than finding this beautiful recreation of Christ’s birth in a little town in Germany.
NOTE: The Passion Play in Oberammergau has been postponed due to Covid until 2022.
Well, that’s my 9 ideas to add the Christmas spirit in your home. I hope these ideas gave your inspiration or made you think of your own ways to bring out the spirit of Christmas. Maybe some Christmas memories, too.
This is the last of my 5 Days of Christmas in July. If you would like to visit the previous posts, here they are:
- How to Make a Christmas Sign
- Christmas Gifts You can Make
- How to Make a DIY Christmas Cutting Board
- How to Have a Hot Chocolate Bar Part
These ideas are my little gift to you. Will you give me back a little Christmas spirit and PIN these ideas?