Christmas Spirit

{one} Bake Christmas cookies

There’s something about baking cookies that always gets me in the Christmas mood.  One of my favorite memories is going to Gramma’s house to bake and decorate sugar cookies as a kid. Whether it’s the smell wafting through the house or the taste of warm and gooey cookies straight from the oven, I just love it. These {peanut butter kiss cookies} are a favorite of mine.

{two} Paint your nails

Deck yourself out from your head to your nails! I’m loving red and gold polishes this holiday season. These colors {beyond cozy} and {leading lady} by Essie are both favorites of mine! If you want to get a little fancy, check out {this tutorial} for adding glitter to your nails.

{three} Deck the halls

Nothing gets me more spirited than decorating my house for the holidays. I’m particularly loving DIYs this year, like this gorgeous {candy cane ornament} that looks easy to make. I pretty much die over anything glittery and pink, so they’re are a no-brainer! Some other DIY decorations I’m crushing on include {this disco-inspired ornament} and {this ornament chandelier}.

{four} Send out Christmas cards

Spread a little holiday cheer and send out your Christmas cards! Snail mail is practically nonexistent these days, which makes hand written cards super special. And what’s even better? Making them yourself! People will appreciate the time it took to make them, especially with a hand written note to go along with it.

{five} Light a candle

Sometimes just the smell of Christmas can get you in the mood. Bath & Body Works has some yummy-smelling candles right now, such as this {twisted peppermint} one. If these are too expensive, I can usually find amazing candles at places like T.J Maxx and Marshall’s, so be sure to check out those stores. I also love candles that smell like real Christmas trees!

{six} Make a mug of hot cocoa

Is anything more Christmas-y than sipping hot cocoa by a fire? When it’s cold outside, all I crave is hot chocolate, and I’m dying to make some from scratch this year. {These hot chocolate recipes} by Pioneer Woman seriously make my mouth water.

What about you guys? How do you get in the Christmas spirit? I’d love to know!

Love, Cait 

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  1. I just got some new candles at Bath and Body Works, Gonna light them soon! I love candles, very festive!



  2. Love your Christmas spirit. We need some here in Seattle.
    Girlie Blog Seattle | Cheap Makeup Reviews

  3. I love baking Christmas cookies, and peppermint hot chocolate is my go to drink this time of year! Happy Monday, girl. xo

  4. Great ideas!!! Tis the season for fun.

  5. YAY! I got into the Christmas spirit this weekend by decorating and shopping! Love those hot coco recipes too, I pinned them so I can remember to make that Mexican hot chocolate!


  6. Your 6 ways just further enhance my Christmas spirit! Can't wait for Christmas!

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  7. Love those pretty polish colors! Perfect for festive holiday parties

  8. Decking the halls really did it for me! Even better, we played Christmas music the entire time!!

    Don't forget to check out the giveaway going on at Cotton's Pickins right now, too!

  9. Love this post! Especially about sending Christmas cards. I love getting and sending snail mail…making the cards is such a great idea! Might be a little project for me to work on next weekend. πŸ™‚

  10. I love these Cait! I just baked sugar cookies over the weekend and I couldn't agree more about how amazing warm cookies are πŸ™‚

    I like to make hot cocoa but I usually but Bailey's in it. Also – have you tried the BBW french baguette candle? It smells really good!

  11. I had a weekend full of getting into the holiday spirit – tree decorating, Christmas movies, writing up Christmas cards, and seeing "A Christmas Carol"! It was so much fun. If you love candles that smell like Christmas, try Thymes' Frasier Fir collection. It's my favorite holiday scent!


  12. Check x6! Definitely got all of those festive items in this past weekend! Love the list, friend! xo

  13. Totally agree! We haven't decorated yet, and I can tell it's affecting my Christmas spirit! Definitely needs to happen this week. Along with baking cookies!

    Cute post!

    xo Olivia
    go for the glam

  14. love the essie colors and i def cant live without holiday candles around this time of year!


  15. Mmm a mug of hot chocolate! I need to that this weekend!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  16. Yes to all! I also love watching Christmas movies!!
    It's hard to get in the spirit here in Nashville with 70 degree weather, but I am trying!!
    Also, Christmas shopping gets me excited!
    I love getting cards!

  17. I could kill for one of those cookies right now. Seriously. Also, I love hot chocolate but can't find a good "recipe". I usually use Swiss Mist and water, but it is kind of watery and gross. Any recommendations?

  18. These are all great ways to get into the Christmas spirit! We're doing a secret santa at school and I got my person that red essie sparkle polish. Hot chocolate or hot cider are also must-dos. And I love glitter! The holidays are my favorite because it means even more glitter is acceptable!

  19. mmm now i really want to bake some cookies πŸ™‚ perfect little list!

  20. Adorable post. And all so true – great christmasy activities πŸ™‚

  21. The perfect festive list!! I am so looking forward to christmas this year-can't wait to go home! πŸ™‚ I'm making my own stationery as gifts for the girls this year!

  22. Lovely ideas.. definitely love the hot cocoa and paint the nails idea. Funnily, I just bought 2 Essie nailpolishes, 1 is a spring color though. πŸ™‚

  23. this list is perfect- cards and manicure on on my list for the week πŸ™‚

  24. Anonymous

    #1 is one of my two favorite chocolate/peanut butter cookies ever!! I love that we share an obsession with peanut butter πŸ™‚

  25. mmm hmmm girl! love this post!

  26. Love the nailpolishes! So pretty and perfect for Christmas!

  27. I can't wait to bake cookies with my freshly painted nails…..loving those colors.

  28. I need to get some Christmasy nail polish stat!

  29. very nice picks. i love the reindeer from target. you should do a post on your apartment, i love your decorating style, and would love to see how everything is coming together. πŸ™‚

  30. peanut butter kisses are my favorites too!