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It's been a tough go around. now many of us are locked up at home. We might not be able to visit our loved ones.
Travel isn't easy and kids won't be coming home to see their parents.
That makes it even more important to make the most of what we do have this Christmas. Let's get a little creative and still find a way to get through this.
“Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it ‘white’.” — Bing Crosby
Here are 7 ways you can avoid getting ghosted by the spirit of Christmas this year.
1. Decorate everything!
You deserve to enjoy a tree and some lights. Go all out. Put up ribbons and garland and make the world beautiful.
Our little family got the tree out of storage. We decorated our walk way with garland and lights. The wreath is on the door.
Even the cat gets in the Christmas spirit now. She spends all day staring at the tree and planning her next ornament escapade.
2. Fancy Cocoa or Cocktails
We like to put Irish cream and peppermint schnapps in our cocoa this time of year. Alcohol isn't required to pep things up though. Buy some marshmallows and make cocoa. And don't forget the eggnog. Unless you hate eggnog, then forget that and make something better!
"I grew up drinking eggnog and watching 'It's A Wonderful Life' every Christmas with my family."--Rachel Boston
Why not mix up a special beverage and sit in from of the fireplace, real or on the fireplace channel? It's sure to make the season real to you.
3. Send Some Parcels
Box up some parcels and send them to your loved ones or friends. It doesn't matter if the mail service is slow. A late package is better than no package.
"I love giving gifts and I love receiving them. I really like giving little kids extravagant gifts. You see their little faces light up and they get excited. If it's a really good gift, I love receiving it, like jewels, small islands."--Gina Gershon
“For it is in giving that we receive.” — Francis of Assisi
It doesn’t have to be something expensive, or perfect. As long as it’s a heartfelt gift, get it in that mailbox. Try to think of gifts that are homemade or home-baked. Come up with hand-lettered cards, or hand-picked items from Target.
4. Host an Online Gathering
Set up a party on Zoom, FaceTime or Skype. Get everyone together in the virtual world.
It's true, it isn't the same. But we can still do our best to see the faces of our loved ones on Christmas eve or day.
"Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values."--Thomas S. Monson
Play games and hoist a glass. Celebrate together the best you can.
5. Have a Special Meal Planned
Even if the big family gathering isn't a go, make sure you still have something special in line.
Without all the hustle and bustle, you can really come up with a great meal, for just a few people. It will be a night to remember.
"The ultimate gathering when I was younger would be an over-the-top Christmas party. Now, ugh, it's so sad... as I'm getting older, I kind of look forward to more intimate, really nice dinners."--Haylie Duff
Take a look at these recipes for smaller numbers to make your holidays shine.
6. Christmas Movies Together
Don't skip Christmas movies this holiday season.
“What makes ‘A Christmas Story’ universal, whether you celebrate Christmas or not, is that you recognize that family… It’s ultimately about a family being glued together for the holiday season.” — Marc Platt
Why not watch with friends and family, even if they’re in a different location? Many options let you watch the same flicks, like Netflix Watch Parties Chrome Extension.
Check out how to watch movies together to find out the tech side of things. Just make sure you set it up ahead of time and get all the kinks out of the system.
7. Go For a Christmas Light Tour
This year brings us some fantastic lighting displays. Why not put some hot chocolate in a go-mug and go for a tour? All of that hard work deserves some viewing.
“I love Christmas, not just because of the presents but because of all the decorations and lights and the warmth of the season.” — Ashley Tisdale
Get in the car and go for a drive to view all of the yards and houses lit up like it's Christmas. Oh, wait...
7.5 Bonus: Do Something Nice For Others
This is a hard time of year to be alone, or depressed, or hungry. Christmas cheer requires spreading.
Reach out and share your resources if you're able. Donate to shelters. Buy extra food for the needy. Volunteer with a charity.
“Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” — Charles M. Schulz
If you know someone who needs help then reach out. Don't let people slump into the shadows.
This year has been far from ideal. Even so, we can do our best to pull through and find some Christmas spirit:
- Decorate your home
- Make a hot toddy
- Send a parcel
- Have a virtual get together
- Make some special food
- Watch Christmas movies
- Set out on a Christmas light safari
- Do nice things for others
“The thing about Christmas is that it almost doesn’t matter what mood you’re in or what kind of a year you’ve had — it’s a fresh start.” — Kelly Clarkson
Happy Holidays, everyone!
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