1. Everyone, and I mean everyone, knows the deal here. Mistletoe is everywhere: providing laughs and jeers at your office Christmas parties, giving the main characters a perfectly timed excuse to kiss in your favorite Christmas movie.

  2. No matter where on the planet, deep down everyone secretly dreams of a white Christmas. Never experienced one? Well then, you just might have to plan a roadtrip.

  3. Okay, okay. The title is a bit misleading. As is the case with wine coolers, eggnog will only probably get you frustratingly close to be being before you throw your hands in the air and give up. Save yourself the stress and mix up some of the ol ‘nog with your liquor of choice. That’s the key. Legend has it that George Washington's favored version included brandy, whiskey, rye, and rum as well (so you should do just fine with one).

  4. Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse, open sl-- I couldn’t even finish the sentence without sneezing at the cliche. But really, imagine all the times you’ve heard and sang that carol. Have you ever actually ridden in a sleigh? Well, if you haven’t, it’s time to stop singing about it and start being about it. It’s not cliche if you’re living it

  5. Thought at first it might sound like something reserved for someone living in a log cabin, cutting down your own Christmas is pretty common and pretty easy to boot. If you’re in the States, find a tree farm near you: http://www.pickyourownchristmastree.org/

  6. “Presents are made for the pleasure of those who gives them,” Spanish author Carlos Ruiz Zafon once wrote. He’s not wrong. I’d add that presents are also made for the pleasure of those who receive. The smallest of gifts can change a person’s entire day, maybe even their entire Christmas. Opportunities to give are everywhere. Don’t just keep walking.

  7. Sure, it sounds cheesy, but have you ever actually gone caroling? Don’t let the season pass you by without getting out of your comfort zone. Try something new and keep an old tradition going.

  8. Picasso said it best: “Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.” Admittedly, he might not have been big on gingerbread houses, but who cares. Build your gingerbread house high. Find comfort in the fact that whether it’s awesome, sucks, or is even falling apart, the destruction part is even better (and tastier) than the building.

  9. There’s this wonderful thing called tradition. You may have heard of it. It’s an umbrella, under which countless rituals take place, passed down through families and entire cultures. Are all traditions good? Maybe not. But wearing an ugly Christmas sweater, eggnog in hand, without the slightest hint of shame is one of the best traditions I can think of.

  10. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the midst of a round-the-world backpacking trip or just recently moved to a new city for a job - everyone feels a little homesick around Christmas. Don’t miss a chance to make some new memories with those you care about most.