1. Get dressed up (strategically):
It feels great to get all dressed up, but on Christmas day I don't need to worry if cranberry sauce will destroy a nice outfit or if I need to unbutton my pants after a second helping. Instead, I find putting on comfortable but stylish lounge wear is a nice alternative. Also, attempting to replicate a Jackie Aina makeup look always helps me feel absolutely amazing.
2. Put the Christmas music on and absorb the cheer:
Is it really Christmas if there isn't some tunes to go along? Some of my favourites include:
- O Holy Night by Mariah Carey
- White Christmas by Kelly Clarkson
- The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole
- This Christmas by Donny Hathaway
- Rudy, the Big Booty Reindeer by Big Freedia (feat. Ms. Tee)
3. Be helpful (Yes, despite the meme I've included below):
I do the dishes every hour and tidy up behind the cook(s) so that by the end of the night the pile won't be so overwhelming and sit there till New Years Eve.
4. Send your Christmas texts/messages:
The best thing to do is spend 10 minutes constructing short personalized Merry Christmas messages (nobody likes obvious mass group texts) for the people who mean something to you like your friendly coworkers, your cousins across the country, or your friends.
5. Create a hot chocolate buffet:
I didn't come up with idea. I found it on the Family Education website and thought it was such brilliant and charming idea that would impress guests, and it doesn't require any real cooking skills to execute.
- dry ingredients:
- hot chocolate powder(s)
- spices (nutmag, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, etc.)
- wet ingredients:
- milk (coconut, regular, almond, etc.)
- egg nog
- baileys (for the adults who drink)
- caramel and chocolate sauce
- whipped cream
- crushed candy canes
- different kinds of chocolate to grate