Oooh we're in that sweet spot of December when there are still plenty of Christmas activities to knock off the list, but the anticipation of the actual day is really starting to build. With less than two weeks to go, my husband and I started the gift wrapping process which, to be honest, is one that I sort of dread. I usually wait until the last minute making it a stressful chore and by then I rush through and get frustrated that I don't have those gorgeous-Pinterest-worthy-wrapped gifts for my little people to tear open in seconds on Christmas morning. Ha. We decided that this year would be different. I picked out wrapping paper early (yes, I LOVE to coordinate a wrapping paper theme every year) and with a cup of hot cocoa in hand and a Christmas classic on, we started by wrapping a few gifts the other night. And surprise, surprise, it was actually so enjoyable! With a plan in place to knock out a handful of gifts every few nights, I think a gift wrapping lover might be born this year. It's a Christmas miracle.

If you, like me, are a skeptic of the alleged "joy" in gift wrapping, I'm telling you that arming yourself with a festive beverage and some Clark Griswold earlier than the night of the 24th might change your tune. For further encouragement, I have put together a playlist of Christmas music that makes the perfect backdrop for smiling under the twinkle lights while you attach the final ribbon and tag. Or at the very least is nice to listen to while you throw the last gift into the box that your new vacuum came in last summer and was stashed in your basement collecting dust just waiting for it's moment to get a bow slapped on it and shine. Happy wrapping!

Ultimate Gift Wrapping Playlist

1. (Everybody's Waitin' For) The Man With The Bag (Thunderball Mix)- Kay Starr
This is a track from "Merry Mixmas" and the whole album is actually awesome. It would be the perfect soundtrack on its own for gift wrapping OR sipping holiday cocktails at any party you're hosting this season.

2. All I Want For Christmas Is You- Mariah Carey
Truly iconic and it wouldn't be Christmas without this one. Does anyone else feel like the first time they hear this song it actually kicks off the holiday season?

3. Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer Mambo (Malibu Remix)- Billy May
Another one from "Merry Mixmas" and just festive as hell.

4. Lonely Without You (This Christmas)- Mick Jagger and Joss Stone
This obscure little bluesy song is featured in the Jude Law remake of "Alfie" but is worth noting because Joss Stone is completely underrated and it is also from the movie that kicked off my years-long love affair with Sienna Miller's street style.

5. White Christmas- Bing Crosby
A holiday classic, this song tugs at my heartstrings and is also the titular song from my absolute favorite Christmas movie of all time.

6. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town- Bruce Springstein
This one is my husband's favorite, so of course I included it for him! I also love Clarence's sax solo...sax + Christmas = good.

7. What Christmas Means To Me- Stevie Wonder
If this song is on, I instantly feel good.

8. Christmas Wrapping- The Waitresses
This song is so cheesy, but I can't help including this one on my annual playlist. It's a keeper!

9. The Christmas Song- Nat King Cole
I have an entire Pandora radio station of Traditional Christmas Classics, but this song just SOUNDS like Christmas. One of the very best.

10. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays- N*Sync
I wouldn't be a product of my generation if I didn't throw this gem on the playlist.

11. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas- Frank Sinatra (ok, ANY version of this song)
This is the one. This is the one you listen to before you you go to sleep on Christmas Eve. Maybe it's just that I'm sentimental, but I can't listen this song without a little tear in my eye.