It’s the last day of Blogmas over here on the blog, and I thought to write about something most of us would encounter. We all know that this year has been pretty difficult and iffy, and many of us haven’t seen our family members for an extended period of time.
Christmas will not be an exception for those of us who are responsible enough and who care enough about others to actually stay home in a collective bid to curb the spread of Covid. So, it will definitely be more lonely than previous years.
BUT! That doesn’t mean it will be horrible. Yes, we haven’t physical company. But we can still appreciate other things! Here are some ways I feel will help brighten up your Christmas tomorrow.
1. GO ON CAMERA.
Maybe it’s been done to death but just seeing your loved ones on camera helps a lot to alleviate the loneliness. Even if you’re each doing your own thing, at least you can see and hear one another. And actually, if you are just going about your own day, it will feel more as if you’re right there beside one another.
2. WATCH A SHOW AT THE SAME TIME.
Gather everyone at a set time and stream or watch a show together in your own homes. Trust me, it will be fun! Make sure you all have your favourite snacks to last you through the marathon. The best part is you don’t have to share!
3. FOCUS ON THE NEW YEAR.
For some of us, it will be extremely tough to hang out online with mum and dad. So, use this alone and quiet time to focus on your plans and aspirations for the new year. This is an activity that actually makes me excited no matter which year it is, because the new year always brings me new hopes and possibilities. Since there will be no one around to disturb you, this is a great time to reflect and look forward to your own plans.
4. SHOP ONLINE!
Hi, yes. Shopping during this time of the year is amazing because there are so many sales going on as stores ready their shelves for upcoming collections. “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” We’re having a year-end sale on Trouvée.Co as well, after which prices of some of the pieces will go back to pre-sale regular retail pricing. Department stores like Selfridges and Harrods are great places to shop at because they offer international shipping (like Trouvée.Co) and have a wide range of products. If you’re in Singapore, I also love Shopee for good bargains.
5. ENGAGE IN HOME PROJECTS.
What about some minor renovations? That table you’ve been meaning to tidy up for months, or the wardrobe that needs a revamp? Here are some more home project ideas I wrote a while back to get you started!
6. TAKE A WALK OUTDOORS.
I find nature to be very healing. It may be cold outside but taking a brisk walk in the fresh air can be very refreshing. Go in the mountains if you can because the air there is much cleaner than in the city. Even a short coffee-and-bagel run for breakfast or tea can be rewarding and be just the reset your mind needs.
7. BOOK A CABIN OR A STAYCATION SOMEWHERE.
Not everyone is a fan of family gatherings, so this time alone can actually be what you’ve really wanted all along. A last-minute staycation will give you a nice change of environment, while you relax under fluffy sheets, call in room service and journal for the new year. A cabin in the woods or ski resort somewhere near (if possible) is equally hyggelig as well.
If you have any suggestions, feel free to mention them in the comment section below. The best way to get through a lonely Christmas is to think positive thoughts instead of dwelling in sadness, so give yourself permission to do what makes you happy.