Now that it’s officially November, all the grinches complaining that it’s not really the holiday season yet can take a hike because, guess what? It so is! As early as Halloween night, city workers in my neighbourhood were out on the street putting up those Christmas light displays that hang between telephone poles and power lines. See? Christmas! Plus, I’m starting to see Christmas-themed ads on TV and hear songs in the shops and I even caught some wrapping paper being set out yesterday. So there!
That being said, I think it’s time that we all start to stock up on those items which make the holidays that much better – from stockings to songs, here’s what you need to kick the Christmas season off right:
1. A giant stocking
Anyone worth their wassail (LOL) knows that stockings are where it’s at. You fill them with lots of little knick knacks and doo-dads (as my Nana would say) and they’re the first things you open before the main event. So if regular stockings are great, how much better is a giant one? I had one like this growing up, though mine was quilted and had a bear on it. Either way, nothing says awesome (and perhaps slightly greedy) like a 5 foot tall stocking.
Even if you don’t have a house to go overboard with, fairy lights have a place in every Christmas lover’s life – year round! I love stringing them around my bed or around the windows of my room. As Tim Gunn would say, “Make it work!”
3. A Santa hat
Guys, a Santa hat is just necessary. I wouldn’t think of showing my face on Christmas Eve (and the surrounding month… I mean week!) without one. Going with a classic look is fine, but why not get blinged out with something a little fancier, like the sequined number below? I just bought mine (in silver) this morning. And I’m wearing it as I type this.
4. Good tunes
I might be showing myself up a bit by admitting how much I adore the Michael Bublé Christmas album, but so what! It’s really, really good. I listened to it pretty much exclusively while I wrapped presents over the past few weeks (y’all know I like an early start), to the point where I would wake up with his version of ‘It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas’ in my head. Trust me, it’s good. Also good? Our own Zooey’s album with M. Ward, She & Him’s A Very She & Him Christmas.
5. Novelty socks
I tend to get a lot of stick for my love of seasonal novelty socks, but whatever. Sure, stockings are great for your wall/bedpost/mantlepiece, but Christmas socks let you carry the holiday with you all day long. I own roughly 4 pairs of various holiday socks, which is probably more like one complete pair since all socks go to sock heaven pretty quickly. Either way, these will add some holiday cheer.
What are some of your must-have holiday items? What gets you in the spirit?
There are only 5o days left before the big day! It’s coming up really, really quickly now. Christmaaaaaaaassss!!!
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