Looking for some new holiday traditions this year? Take a page out of How I Met Your Mother’s festive playbook…
The holiday season is here, and for How I Met Your Mother fans, that means an excuse to re-watch every great Christmas episode of the show. There are seven Christmas episodes of the show, officially, but HIMYM does something a little different – and for many of these, Christmas takes a bit of a back seat to the main story. There are a lot of Christmas sweaters and snow falling, but actual holiday traditions are a little thinner on the ground.
That said, there are still plenty of amazing moments in the How I Met Your Mother holidays that fans can borrow for their own celebrations. Maybe don’t go stealing (ahem, borrowing) friends’ decorations, like Barney, or getting into a huge fight, like Ted and Lily, but everyone can get on board with these.
10 Create A Winter Wonderland…
Lily loves to create a ‘Winter Wonderland’ in her apartment – as fans see in ‘When Lily Stole Christmas’. She strings up lights, banners, and snowflakes, decorates a tree, wraps things in tinsel – she’s even got reindeer! This is definitely someone who loves to decorate (after she moves the decorations back to her place when Ted upsets her, she puts tinsel around her baseball bat!), and it’s amazing to see. There’s no reason not to go overboard… after all, it’s Christmas!
9 …But Leave It Until Christmas Eve To Decorate
Of course, what makes this really special is that Lily leaves her space undecorated until Christmas Eve! In this episode, Marshall first comes out with his eyes closed, because he doesn’t want to see the Winter Wonderland until he is finished his last paper. In saying this, he calls it ‘Christmas Eve Winter Wonderland’ – and it’s a fantastic idea to leave the decorations to the last minute. For many people, Christmas has started to inch ever-closer to July, so why not go Lily-style this year and leave it until everything else is done, and you can focus on celebrating?
8 Create A Symphony of Illumination
Lily isn’t the only one who is incredibly talented with decorations. Later, in ‘Symphony of Illumination’, it’s Ted’s turn to show off how festive he can make the apartment when he lives there with Robin. She’s having a tough time, coping with being alone and the realization that she cannot have children.
And although Ted doesn’t know what is wrong, he knows that he wants to cheer her up… so he creates an indoor Christmas light show set to music, and it makes for one of the sweetest scenes in the whole series.