What exactly is a Christmas Expert, you ask? Excellent question! A Christmas expert is one of those people that simply come alive on December 1st. They glow a little bit brighter throughout the holiday season, there is an extra bounce in their step, and even the chaos of Christmas shopping doesn’t put a damper on their Christmas spirit!
Does this sound like you? Or someone you know? Check out, below, the top 10 ways to find out if you are an official Christmas expert!
#1: YOU’RE ALREADY DONE YOUR SHOPPING
It is only early December so there are still a ton of people that haven’t even begun making their Christmas shopping list! And then there are others (ahem, experts) that are either done, or at least almost done, before even the end of November!
Not only does being done your shopping mean that you can avoid the holiday shopping rush, but it also means that you were able to take advantage of early season sales! But don’t worry, even if you haven’t gotten a jump on your shopping yet, there is still plenty of time to shop till you drop!
Christmas Expert tip: Watching for sales all year long helps save money on Christmas shopping!
#2: YOU HAVE A BEAUTIFULLY DECORATED TREE
Every neighborhood has a few houses where, while walking or driving by in the evening, you can see the beautifully, well-lit tree in the front window. You might even stop and stare for a few minutes and let out a small sigh of delight.
The Christmas tree has come to be one of the main items that represent the holiday season. A true Christmas expert puts time, effort, and most of all LOVE into the colour-coordinated ornaments and lights.
Christmas Expert tip: If decorating an entire tree seems too overwhelming, opt for a perfectly decorated wreath and hang it in the window. It looks just as beautiful from the outside, with much less time and money involved in decorating!
#3: YOU SEND OUT CHRISTMAS CARDS
Ah, remember the days before smartphones? If you are old enough to remember snail mail, you are old enough to remember receiving dozens of Christmas cards each holiday season and displaying them proudly throughout the house.
Christmas experts still send out these “antiquated” messages. Why? Because receiving a card in the mail simply feels much more comforting and “Christmas-y” than a text message ever could!
Christmas Expert tip: Making your own holiday cards is a great activity for the kids, plus it saves money!
#4: YOU KNOW ALL OF THE CHRISTMAS CAROLS AND SONGS
Christmas carols are adorable and soothing. And Christmas experts across the country wait all year for the “acceptable” time to start blasting these songs and singing along, of course! Everything from Jingle Bells to Joy to the World, these songs are simply the epitome of Christmas!
Christmas Expert tip: Get several playlists of different types of songs (carols, funny holiday songs, children songs, etc..) and keep changing them up. This way, your loved ones won’t get tired of hearing the same songs all month long!
#5: YOU HAVE THE BEST ADVENT CALENDAR
While the rest of us are content with the classic advent calendars found at the grocery story, Christmas experts have these amazingly unique advent calendars! There are advent calendars ranging from sock calendars, to beer calendars, to nail polish calendars! There are even kits to make your own advent calendar and fill it with surprises yourself!
Christmas Expert tip: Making your own advent calendar is a great way to save money as well as avoid too much chocolate (especially since Christmas is already so sugar-filled!)
#6: YOU HAVE PERFECTED YOUR HOLIDAY RECIPES
One of the best things about the holidays is the FOOD! Diets get postponed until the New Year just to people can enjoy the guilt-free deliciousness that is Christmas! Christmas experts not only love these holiday treats, they make the best ones! They have practiced until perfect everything from turkey and stuffing to holiday cookies and candies! YUM!
Christmas Expert tip: Holiday baking is also a great way to offer gifts while saving money. Simply buy some cookie tins at the dollarstore and do a quick online search for the best cookie recipes.
#7: YOU HAVE CHRISTMAS CRACKERS
And no, we do not mean the crackers that go on a cheese platter! Christmas crackers is a holiday tradition that, once everyone is seated at the dinner table but right before people begin eating, these “poppers” are popped which, traditionally, each contain a paper crown, some sort of silly toy, and a joke. Christmas experts never sit down to a Christmas meal without them!
Christmas Expert tip: Christmas crackers can be found just about anywhere from Canadian Tire to the Dollarstore. Just look for them in the holiday decoration section!
#8: YOU WATCH ALL OF THE CHRISTMAS MOVIES
Christmas experts wait all year for the Christmas movies to come on TV. Every year, the same movies are played and, for some reason, we never get tired of watching them (it must be part of the magic of Christmas!). Everything from How the Grinch Stole Christmas (both new and old versions!), to It’s a Wonderful Life and a Christmas Carol (all the versions!), Christmas experts never get tired of watching these holiday classics.
Christmas Expert tip: Stock up on hot chocolate and popcorn!
#9: YOU KNOW THE CHRISTMAS HISTORY
Christmas experts know the entire history of everything Christmas, from Jesus to Santa Claus! Did you know that Santa Claus is actually based on the real-life 3rd century bishop, Nicholas of Myra? A Christmas Expert would! Or did you know that prior to the 1920s, Santa was not the jolly man in a red suit that we all know and love? He has been depicted in all kinds of different looks, such as a tall, gaunt man, and a small elf! The history of dear old St-Nick is quite a read!
Christmas Expert tip: A fun Christmas activity with the children is to learn all about the holiday traditions from around the world.
#10: YOU WON’T LET A PANDEMIC PUT A DAMPER ON CHRISTMAS
COVID19 might have Christmas down, but Christmas experts across the country are making sure that Christmas will prevail! It might take a little ingenuity and creativity, but the magic of Christmas is alive and well and won’t let a pandemic put a damper on it.
Christmas Expert tip: Take this time to reinvent your family traditions and discover new ways to celebrate. You just might come up with something that becomes a new part of your family’s Christmas celebration for years to come.
We all have a few Christmas experts in our entourage! And this year, above all other years, boy do we appreciate their ability to keep the Christmas spirit going, despite everything.
Here at iCASH, our Christmas Experts are kept busy all year long making sure that we are here for Canadians, 7 days a week and 24 hours a day, even on Christmas and throughout the holiday season. No matter when a financial emergency pops up, head over to iCASH.ca to see how we can help you!
Have a happy and safe holiday season!