So, four things I'm doing to improve my excitement (in quite frankly, a very "Olivia" fashion)
1) Acquiring sparkly clothes. Thanks to ThredUP, I've added some glitz to my wardrobe and this sweater is my faaaav.
2) Painting my nails in Christmasy ways. Since polish doesn't last more than two days on my nails when I'm on dish-duty, I'm taking the opportunity to do them in a bunch of fun ways leading up to Christmas. Last weekend was red polish with a gold accent nail. Today I found some BOGO polish at Rite Aid in Christmas green and can't wait to paint little trees on my nails. ;) Pinterest has tons of ideas. Won't be spending a ton of time on them, though, like it's obvious many of those were. ;)
3) Making a list and checking it twice. I actually started buying Christmas gifts before the second week of December this year and I've made sure to get that done by now. Having a list on my phone has been super helpful and when I was running errands I was able to keep an eye out for what I needed. :) Last year I literally bought things for everyone on Amazon on Dec. 22nd and threw a bow on them when they came Christmas Eve. Can't wait to wrap everything! I'm going to try for a little more than my "basic paper and bow" lazy approach.
4) Using peppermint sprinkles. The amish store we get a lot of our dry goods at has candy-cane shaped peppermint sprinkles year-round that I've never bothered to try because I love the plain colored ones so much (I have an addiction, really...), but my sister suggested we change for the season and I'm glad we did! They are so yummy and make everything more festive. On top of whipped cream in coffee is just perfect.
Sweater: New York & Co: thredUP: $0
Skirt: Made by Me: Fabric: $15?
Shoes: Sperry's: Shoe Carnival: $60
Nail polish: Wet N'Wild Fergie: $1.94
Hopefully next year I'll not only do these four things, but even more! Like, *gasp* bake Christmas cookies or make homemade ornaments! What kinds of things put you in the mood for red and green and gold and sugar and snow and white fur and glitter and bows and laughter this time of year?