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    ‘Twas the Week Leading to Christmas

    'Twas the Week Leading to Christmas

    Angela Beck

    It feels like the holidays snuck up on us this year, and if you’re in need of some good ole holiday spirit, you’re not alone. From movie streaming and holiday snacking to mini road trips and paper snowflakes, this might be the year for some lay-it-on-thick traditions—old and new. Read on for our favorite ways to feel the spirit.

    Stream Christmas Movies

    Rotate between old favorites (Miracle on 34th Street; It’s a Wonderful Life) with newer classics (Love, Actually; The Holiday; Elf)

    Make Holiday Snacks

    Line a basket with a Christmas napkin, wrap the handle with Christmas ribbon, and fill it with treats—a bunch of clementines, Christmas cookies, even pretzels. Keep it out on the kitchen counter for hungry elves.

    Check Out the Neighborhood's Lights

    Give everyone a go cup of hot chocolate and pile the family into the car. Then hit the road to see the best lights in the neighborhood.

    Make Paper Snowflakes

    Grab some printer paper and scissors and get cutting! Use double-sided tape to stick them to windows and french doors for holiday decorations that can be kept up well after the holiday lights go down.

    Zoom with and Keep Track of Santa

    In lieu of Santa visits IRL, a number of organizations like libraries and children’s museums are hosting free visits with Santa via Zoom. Then on Christmas Eve, don’t forget to track Santa’s movements on NORAD.