Feeling a little grinch-y? Need a boost of holiday spirit? Here are 26 ideas -- from A to Z -- to help you find your ho ho ho:
Here's our ABC holiday bucket list:
Attend a holiday event. See our list of Holiday Events and Santa Sightings in Greater Lowell!
Bake! Baking Christmas cookies as a family is a fun -- and delicious -- tradition for many families. We have lots of cookie recipes in our Holiday Tips, Crafts & Recipes round-up list.
Carol around the neighborhood as a family or with friends -- sing it loud for all to hear!
Decorate your tree with ornaments made by your family. There are several ideas in our Holidays Tips, Crafts and Recipes list.
Elves are hanging out at many of our homes throughout December. It's not too late to start the tradition! Want to try something a little different? Check out this idea for a Kindness Elf!
Family movie night! Make popcorn and hot cocoa and cuddle up to watch a Christmas classic. See our list of 18 Classic Christmas movies.
Gift-giving, especially when it's unexpected, feels amazing. Give someone a gift who is important in your life and might not know how much you appreciate them -- like your child's bus driver, your mail carrier, or a neighbor.
Hanukkah is Dec. 22-30. Teach your kids to play Dreidel!
Inspire kindness this holiday season by participating in an act of kindness such as donating toys or warm clothes to those in need.
Jot down your Christmas lists. What do your kids want this year?
Keep the holiday spirit up by baking cookies for a loved one!
Light displays are amazing this time of year. Go for a drive around town to find your favorites. See our list of Holiday Light Displays (from 2017, but many of them are back again this year!)
Make memories by being present and agreeing to turn off electronics for a family day sometime this month.
Naughty or nice? Nice, of course! Visit Santa and tell him how nice you've been this year.
Ornaments! Pull out your favorites to decorate your tree.
Question your kids about the real meaning behind the holiday and be an example to them about how to celebrate the season.
Reindeer food! Make some magic reindeer food for the big night with oats and glitter. (Or tried-and-true carrots work too.)
Snow much fun. Take the kids sledding, build a snowman, or have a snowball fight.
Traditions. The holidays are all about family traditions. Talk with your kids about what their favorites are, and what new ones they'd like to start. Here are some fun ideas.
Unwrap those presents! But please wait until at least dawn to wake up the house.
Visit a neighbor who might need company or help around the holidays. Take a tray of cookies as a special treat.
Winter is here! Winter officially arrives Dec. 21. Make a yummy soup for your family to mark the occasion.
Xtra cookie before bed! Because it's fun to say yes sometimes.
Yule log time! A Yule log is a large log traditionally burned on Christmas Eve. Don't have a fireplace? How about making a Yule log cake? Delicious!
Zzzzz. Better catch those Zs so Santa will come!
Michelle Waters is the publisher of Macaroni Kid Orleans - Genesee, N.Y.