Some years are harder than others to get into the holiday spirit. Sometimes you need a lift from your family and friends, and sometimes you need a little bit more, like driving through a Christmas-lit neighborhood and discovering a Flying Spaghetti Monster house. Here are a few ways to jump-start those cheery holiday feelings through the power of your fandom!
Host a nerd-oriented white elephant gift exchange
Nobody wants some stupid Aplets and Cotlets or a selfie stick, but you know what they do want? A BB-8 winter poofball hat! A Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra T-shirt! Use your imagination and find something creative that your friends will actually enjoy.
Listen to Christmas Carols
Usually nothing gets me in the Christmas zone like the music but now that you start hearing it right after Halloween it can get a little old. Luckily there are some good ways to mix it up. YouTuber James Covenant created a couple fun videos like Captain Picard singing Let It Snow and The Avengers singing Christmas Carols. If those are a little too silly for your taste, try listening to this Epic Music take on a carol medley by Blakus or The Best of (Epic) Christmas Songs 2016.
Throw a yule log up on the screen
Nothing says the holidays like a roaring fire. When you can’t do it for real, do it on your screen with Darth Vader burning in a funeral pyre for five hours. If you want a little more action, try the Nerdist Laser Yule Log – everything is better with lasers!
What are your nerdy ideas for getting the holiday juices flowing? Let me know below!