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10 Easy Christmassy Things To Do This Week If You Feel A Bit Bah Humbug

185924739I officially have no Christmas spirit yet (It may be because I have yet to watch Love, Actually or because I have this lousy cold) but I’m going to try and rectify this by doing the sort of Christmas things that I can fully get behind – cheap, easy, and that take minimal effort. Hurray! I love Christmas and it will be here before we know it, but I still don’t feel like I have recovered from Thanksgiving yet. But enough of my whining, we need a little Christmas right?

This Cute Door 

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(Image: Pinterest)

From The Creative Stamper Spot, I think this is adorable and looks like the sort of thing you can accomplish while enjoying some (spiked) cocoa.

 This Wreath 

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(Image: Pinterest)

There is no link to a tutorial of this, but I suppose you just need a regular craft store wreath and some construction paper teeth and some [plastic scary eyes. Yes, he is sort of spooky for Christmas but he reminds me of The Nightmare Before Christmas and I'm just morbid enough to love this idea.

 This Reading Tree 

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(Image: Pinterest)

Once again, no link, but this looks easy enough and I love the idea of using books as a tree.

Hanging Lights Everywhere 

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(Image; Tumblr)

I’ve always been so meticulous with my interior light hanging and I have no idea why, when I love the way lights all over the place look. I’m so over sticking to window frames and bannisters. I’m going to hang lights from my walls and ceiling.

 These Cocktails 

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I should make up a bath of these just to test them out to see if these are something I want to serve during the holidays, right?
 Or these! 

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From the blog of Heather Christo.

 Faux Thin Mint Cookies 

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Have you guys ever made these? They are stupid easy. Swanky Pear has the tutorial here and I make them the same way except I use these Famous brand wafer cookies instead of Ritz. People go whacky over them and they are so good I can barely keep them in the house.

 Magic Elf Seeds What?!

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This is hilarious for Christmas Eve.

This Print Out 

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(Image: the Glitter Guide/Tumblr)

I usually find wall text cheesy and sort of dumb, but I LOVE this one.

Coats! 

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(Image: Getty)

I need to buy coats for the school coat drive, and even though I’m not super into shopping yet, at least this will be a fun way to get in the spirit and kid’s coats are cute. I’m sure many of you are doing the same things in your community.

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  • Tea

    I’m just gonna humbug, drink my cocoa, and pretend that if I stare at my desk long enough, work will happen.

    Maybe later I’ll make chocolate vodka and grind some candy canes into it. That counts as festive, right?

    … right?

    • NicknamesAreDull

      Peppermint + December = festive

    • ted3553

      does this mean if i stare at my computer, it won’t actually type my work for me??? We’ve already discussed at work that it should be acceptable for productivity to be 50% in December

  • NicknamesAreDull

    I wasn’t interested until I saw the cocktails. In a few hours, I think I’ll have a sudden rush of Christmas Spirit (it’s only 11 here).

  • staferny

    I’m going to make some of those cocktails finish up Christmas shopping, all I have left is the fun stuff, presents for all the kids. Which is something I was hoping you mommyish readers could help me with. My sister in law has 1 son, she recently (3 months ago) moved in with her boyfriend of 9 months who has 2 sons, I haven’t met him or his kids and she just emailed me a ‘wish list’ for all 3 boys. I was only planning on buying for hers, do I suck it up and increase my budget to buy for his kids too, or just buy for hers and possibly face an angry SIL on Christmas day?

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      BOARD GAME. One board game for all to share , maybe a tin of popcorn

    • NicknamesAreDull

      On the subject of gifts.. I saw these and I wanted to buy them for everyone. http://www.lakeshorelearning.com/product/productDet.jsp?productItemID=1%2C689%2C949%2C371%2C924%2C996&ASSORTMENTast_id=1408474395181113&bmUID=1386102349229 I’m so sad my daughter wouldn’t like them :(

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      we obviously need to buy one hundred sets and make a Mommyish compound for all of us to live in

    • staferny

      Board game might work, but the ages range from 3-8. Popcorn is out due to severe food allergies. Maybe homemade paper airplanes made out of bills? Toy and money = win/win

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      I LOVE zolos http://zolo.com/index.php/toys/zolo/zoloagogo they work for almost any age range, including adults, and my kids have played with these since they were around 3 until, well, now!

    • staferny

      Zolo is apparently the name of a winery in Argentina as well, it must be a sign. I need to order some of these up now, they’re ridiculous!
      Thanks for being my personal shopperish, your cheque is in the mail.

    • NicknamesAreDull

      I wouldn’t buy for his kids, but I would give your nephew his gift in private. If that feels weird, I would buy something small for the two kids (like under $10)

    • staferny

      We don’t live in the same city, so I can’t control when he’s given the gift but I do like the idea of something small for the other two. They’re only 4 and 8 so I don’t want them to feel left out at Christmas, although I’m sure they’ll have plenty of other gifts.

    • Cathy Beightol

      if you can swing it, buy for the other boys. As a step kid and sometimes an “extra” kid (lots of marriages on both sides). I always sat there at family Christmases dreading the present opening. I was so afraid there would be nothing for me there. It only happened once, but it sticks with a kid. Also, it will garner good will with your sister in law.

  • whiteroses

    I love pretty much everything on this list.

  • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

    I think the book pile Christmas tree, while cute, cannot possibly survive children or pets. And also feels a little bit like a fire hazard somehow.

  • kat170

    I actually did the Door Snowman! He was great! Until my 18-month-old twins got a hold of him. But he was cute while he lasted. I mourned his loss with a glass of wine and immediately felt festive again.