Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas & Seasons Greetings! How do you get into the holiday spirit? Our Southern California winter might not have sleigh-rides through the snow (except for in Big Bear and Lake Arrowhead), but there are still ways to feel festive! 


10 Ways to Fill Your Days with Christmas Cheer

1. Watch a Christmas Movie –

Elf, Miracle on 34th St, A Christmas Story, Home Alone, or It’s A Wonderful Life. Choose 1 or do a movie marathon after a long day of shopping. I recommend caramel popcorn and hot chocolate as a snack! 

2. Present Wrapping Party –

Bring out the wrapping paper, scissors, tissue paper, and tape and get it all done at once! Invite a friend to help! 

3. Christmas Lights –

Look at Christmas lights in Hastings Ranch in Pasadena, Thoroughbred in Rancho Cucamonga, or Naples in Long Beach. Where is your favorite spot to look at lights? Here is some information on Thoroughbred from the city this year: https://www.cityofrc.us/news/thoroughbred-holiday-lights-information

4. Ugly Christmas Sweaters –

Find your holiday sweater and have a contest with friends & family. Ugliest sweater wins! 

5. Holiday Music –

Whether you listen on Spotify, Apple Music, or Pandora, listen to Christmas music during the workday or when wrapping presents. I like Frank Sinatra or Michael Buble Christmas albums! 

6. Drive Up to the Snow –

Big Bear, Lake Arrowhead, Idyllwild, Mount Baldy. Where do you go for snow? The Thanksgiving snowstorm brought snow to low elevations and within a short drive of LA and San Bernardino residents! Bring a jacket & sled! 

7. Chocolate Advent Calendars –

Pick up a 24 day countdown calendar at Aldi, Trader Joe’s or Target and enjoy a piece of chocolate every day before Christmas. It’s okay if you have to catch up on a week of chocolate! 

8. Gingerbread House –

Use a gingerbread kit, make homemade gingerbread, or use graham crackers and build the best house you can! Decorate with candy canes & gum drops! 

9. Outdoor Ice Skating –

Bundle up and go ice skating outside in a local rink. Irvine Spectrum, downtown Burbank, or downtown LA. https://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/things-to-do/the-best-places-to-go-ice-skating-in-los-angeles

10. Sample Hot Chocolate –

Peppermint Hot Chocolate, Regular Hot Chocolate, Cinnamon Hot Chocolate, or make it adults-only and add Bailey’s. Experiment with different ad-ins and host a sampling of the different flavors. Make the best flavor a holiday tradition!

The month of December is still busy for real estate! Our office has listings in La Verne, Glendora, Covina, Azusa, Redlands, and across Southern California. 

Enjoy your egg nog, hot chocolate, or apple cider!

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