How to Get Into the Holiday Spirit

The holidays are almost here! But if you're having trouble getting into the holiday spirit, Domestic CEO has 7 small changes you can make to your home and habits to start enjoying the season right away.

Amanda Thomas
5-minute read
Episode #87

The holidays are almost here, but you may not be feeling the holiday spirit just yet. If you live far from family, have a lot of stress in your life, or just don’t have any snow in your town, it can be difficult to get into the holiday spirit.

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If you’re like me and live in a warm climate—it can be especially tough to get into the winter groove when you’re still wearing shorts and tank tops. That's why today, I’m going to give you 7 tips and tricks you can make in your home and your daily habits that will have you hanging mistletoe and sipping eggnog. Let’s get started! .

Tip #1: Smells Like Holiday Spirit

This first tip is probably one of the simplest ways to get into the holiday spirit. Use smells!  Scent is one of the most powerful tools to trick your subconscious into that warm, fuzzy holiday feeling. Head to the store and look for candles or air fresheners that smell like bottled up holidays. Scents such as cranberry, pumpkin, cinnamon, or pine are a great start.  Scented pine cones are great too. Placing different scents in multiple areas around your house will help your nose more easily pick up the new scent when you enter each room.

Tip #2: Decorations Everywhere

Without going overboard, you can start to make little changes around your home to make it feel like the holidays. If you know you won’t have frosty windowpanes or snow, buy some cans of faux “snow” that you can spray on your windows.

See also: 3 Easy Homemade Christmas Ornaments


You can change out your regular hand and dish towels in the kitchen and bathroom with holiday-themed ones. If themed items aren’t your cup of tea, look for napkins, towels, tablecloths, and dish towels in holiday colors such as red, green, gold, blue, or white.

Tip #3: Pumpkin Everything

Another great way to spark the holiday spirit is nosh on some holiday-themed foods and drinks. The holidays are abound with scents and tastes of peppermint, pumpkin, spiced everything, roasted nuts, and cookies.  Indulge in a pumpkin spice latte or peppermint mocha, or add a dash of pumpkin pie spice to your morning cup of coffee. There are also tons of recipes for pumpkin pie smoothies or even gingerbread smoothies that will add that extra dose of the holiday spirit to your day. These drinks are just as easy to make at home than to buy, so check out the options on sites such as the Food Network or on the Domestic CEO Pinterest board and play around with the recipes. 

If you’re not a fan of coffee, tea, or smoothies, another way to combine the power of scent and holiday-themed drinks is to make your own spiced cider! Many stores sell boxed mulling spices, but if you wanted to make your own, it’s very simple. All you need is some apple cider, an orange, some sugar, and a few cinnamon sticks. Turn on your slow cooker to the low setting  (or a large pot on the oven set to low heat) and pour in the cider. Then add 3 orange slices, one or two cinnamon sticks, 1/4 cup of  brown sugar, and cover to simmer. Within a few hours your entire home will be filled with the warm and toasty smells of apple cider. Drink up!

If none of these ideas are making you feel particularly celebratory, think about the foods your family used to make during the holiday season when you were a child. Then dig up that old recipe box and whip up Grandma's pumpkin bread or Uncle Joe's roasted butternut squash. Make your favorite childhood dishes throughout the holiday season, whenever you start to feel blue.