1. Volunteer at a shelter for the homeless or a soup kitchen.
2. Donate to your local Toys for Tots campaign.
3. Put in a dollar each time you pass a Salvation Army pot. Wish the volunteer a Merry Christmas.
4. Shovel snow from the driveway and sidewalk of an elderly neighbor.
5. Put on Merry Christmas Radio while you do housework.
6. Get the annual special Christmas pictorial postmark
from Santa Claus, Indiana.
7. Join a choir.
8. Watch A Charlie Brown Christmas
with your family and a bowl of caramel corn.
9. Wear a holly-leaf boutonnière
10. Go ice skating outdoors, at night, carrying a kerosene lamp
11. Take the kids and their friends to a Christmas tree farm
12. See the national touring company of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular
13. Hang icicle lights along your roofline — front, back and sides.
14. Build a snowman family
someone under the mistletoe.
16. Watch A Christmas Story
with your family and a plate of Christmas cookies.
17. Light a fire in the fireplace.
18. Go inner tubing down a ski hill.
19. Set up an outdoor crèche.
20. Boil some cinnamon potpourri just before everyone comes home.
21. Check out Disney's Christmas Carol Train
when it comes to town.
22. Learn the German lyrics
to "O Tannenbaum".
23. C'mon, wear a Christmas sweater.
24. Watch Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer
with your family and some eggnog.
25. Go to midnight mass on Christmas Eve
, even if you're not Catholic.
26. Turn down the lights and retell a Christmas ghost story
by M.R. James.
27. Hang an advent calendar.
28. Spin a jazzy holiday CD while you decorate.
29. Read Chapter 5
("Dolce Domum" — Sweet Home) of The Wind in the Willows
30. Go to Christmas services at an Orthodox Church
on January 7, even if you're not Orthodox.
31. Serve roast beef and Yorkshire pudding
32. Wear a Santa cap to work.
33. Play "Silent Night" on a guitar.
34. Count your blessings.
35. Tell friends about My Merry Christmas.