I probably say this every single year around this time, BUT this year (more than ever) I seriously can’t believe Christmas is actually here. I know we have literally all been through it this year, from covid, election craziness, quarantine craziness, and just about every other type of craziness you can think of, I’ve never been more happy to see a year end.
This time of year I always feel very reflective, and nostalgic over everything that happened in the past year, and while I still feel that way, my reflections this year are quite different. Rather than remembering all the fun trips I was supposed to go on with friends, I’m looking back at our many zoom calls… which is not ideal.
Back in March I was (probably niaevly) wishing that this pandemic would be mostly under control by Christmas, and the holidays would commence as usual. Maybe we could see our families for Christmas, and continue our normal traditions and have parties and celebrate the holidays with our loved ones. However, despite my wishful thinking, that’s just not the case.
So as the number of covid cases is still rising, I know I will be spending my holidays at home. Which really does not thrill me. I love going to holiday parties with friends and my family’s annual Christmas Eve get together. But this year I just can’t justify going out in public while people are still getting sick, and risk getting myself or someone I love sick. So instead I will be spending Christmas at home with my parents.
While the idea of just spending the holidays at home with my parents seems a little boring, I’ve been brainstorming some ideas that will make this holiday still feel special and festive. I think just because we have to be quarantined this Christmas, doesn’t mean we can’t have a great time and enjoy some nice quality time with our families and loved ones. So here’s my ideas to have a great Christmas - even while spending it at home.
Drive through your neighborhood to look at Christmas lights.
This is something that I love doing, even when we're not in the midst of a global pandemic. My neighborhood is usually pretty big on Christmas lights so we have lots of fun houses to look at, but we’ve also driven to nearby neighborhoods that are known for the festive light displays (just in case you don’t live in an area with lots of light displays). Even though my neighborhood is usually pretty well decorated, I think this year even more houses are decorated (and did even more decorations than usual) because everyone’s been bored at home and why not kill some time decorating! My parents and I actually took a walk through our neighborhood the other night (when the weather was super nice), and it put me right into a festive Christmas-y mood!
Watch a new mini series on Netflix.
Another fun way to spend some quality time with your family is to binge a mini series on Netflix (or your favorite streaming platform). I love spending the day watching a mini series with my family, as it’s something new that you can all get engrossed in together, and you have someone to discuss it with when it’s over! Even if it’s not a holiday show, I still find it’s super fun to curl up on the couch with a hot chocolate and watch something new with your family - just feels like Christmas time. My parents and I just binged the second season of The Mandalorian on Disney Plus, and while it’s not a holiday show, it still was a great series to watch with the family!
Have a Christmas movie marathon.
And of course, if you do want to watch something Christmas-y, then you can do a marathon of your favorite Christmas movies. This is something that reminds me of being a little kid because we always used to open our presents on Christmas morning, then pop in some Christmas movies for the rest of the day. Even if we weren’t really watching the movies, because we were too busy playing with all of our new toys, they were still playing in the background and just made for a much more festive atmosphere on Christmas morning! So even if your family isn’t going to sit down and watch a whole marathon of Christmas movies - definitely just have them playing in the background to get you in a fun festive mood!
Bake ALL of the cookies.
Is it even Christmas if you didn’t bake and then eat a thousand Christmas cookies? I know in my house it certainly isn’t. I’ve never been a good cook, but baking is something I can handle. I find it is so relaxing and therapeutic, and after the year we’ve had, I feel like we all just need to spend the holidays at home baking Christmas cookies. This year my mom said we probably weren’t going to make very many cookies, since it would just be us and we didn’t need to eat that many cookies - cut to use only making like 10 batches of cookies this year instead of our normal 20. But having your countertops covered in flour and the whole house smelling like chocolate chips will put you in the Christmas spirit instantly.
Complete a jigsaw puzzle.
I don’t know about you and your families, but my family has become puzzle experts over this past year. We have done so many puzzles, just to kill the time during quarantine. We just completed our latest - an ugly Christmas sweater puzzle that was so cute and festive, perfect for an at home Christmas activity. Even if you don’t have a Christmas themed puzzle, just doing any puzzle together is a fun activity.
Go on a holiday hike.
And lastly - if you are still looking to get out of the house this Christmas, why not go on a hike! We were thinking about doing this, however, I don’t think the weather is going to cooperate with us this year. But if you live somewhere that’s going to be a little bit more mild weather-wise on Christmas get outside and go on a hike! It’s a perfect socially-distanced activity to get you out of the house, and possibly burn off a few of those cookie calories (if you decided to bake the 20 batches of cookies, like we normally do)!
I hope you found some of these ideas helpful! Let me know in the comments if you do any of these activities, or if you have any at home Christmas ideas that I didn’t list! I hope that you all have a fun, festive, and most importantly SAFE Christmas this year! #nbholidaycheer