Getting into the holiday spirit for me is intentional. I feel like it’s important to actively seek environments, feelings, smells, sights, sounds to ignite that light in your heart. Circling around the ice skating in Bryant Park, creating your own self guided tour of the beautiful storefronts on Fifth Avenue, weeding through the tourists to be underneath and nearly consumed by the tree, boiling cinnamon sticks and orange peels and singing classics Christmas songs at the top of your lungs, making too many Christmas cookies. And listening to this special Christmas episode of This American Life. I always listen to it on my train ride down to Richmond and it never fails to make me laugh, cry, and clutch my heart I’m thankful appreciation to feel it beating, which is just what you need to get you into the spirit. A little something to warm your ears and your heart just in time for the holidays. Listen all the way through; the last story is my favorite.