Holiday Cheer 2020– 5 Ways to keep it alive: While we’ve all been distracted by the shocking events of 2020, the holiday season has been sneaking up on us. For many, the idea of getting festive seems strange and out of place after everything we’ve all been through. However, this is precisely why we need (and deserve) a comforting, cheerful Christmas.
If you’re ready to turn 2020 around and surprise your family with a beautiful festive season, read on for five tips that will help you revive your holiday cheer.
1. Socially distant gifting
You may not be able to have a huge Christmas gathering in the post-pandemic world. Even if you can, family members from overseas probably won’t be able to make it. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t share the love. Gourmet Christmas hampers allow you to deliver a bounty of Christmas cheer in a safe way. These bundles of holiday happiness will take the lonely sting out of a socially distant Christmas.
2. Switch up your celebrations
If your family tradition involves sitting on Santa’s lap in shopping centers and attending Christmas fairs and parades, you may have to adjust your approach this year. Bring the festivities into your home with fun themed activities and movie nights. Films from the 80s and 90s will create a warm nostalgic vibe, especially when paired with the spiced scent of cookies baking (more on that soon), a lush Christmas tree, and glowing lights.
3. A new approach to Christmas lights
Speaking of Christmas lights, 2020 might be the year to take a new approach. Ditch all your tired old decorations and invest in some beautiful new holiday lighting designs. You don’t have to spend a fortune, but what you do invest will be well worth it. There’s something truly magical about the soft, comforting glow of a well-decorated home at Christmas.
Since driving or walking around to look at Christmas lights will likely still be a safe activity, you may want to consider decorating both the inside and outside of your home. This is a beautiful way for neighbors to show solidarity and bring a little spark of joy into each other’s lives this Christmas.
4. Holiday baking
Fragrances affect the human mind in a surprisingly powerful way. The smell of Christmas goodies baking in the oven will take over your home, transforming it into a warm and happy haven filled with holiday cheer. If reality is feeling a little too bleak and you don’t have the energy for preparing a complicated recipe, simply brewing some masala chai or adding some cinnamon to your morning coffee can transform the aroma in your home and uplift your spirit.
5. Virtual Christmas parties
If you’ve been shying away from shifting your social life online, the holiday season is the ideal time to dive in. It does take some getting used to, but video conferences can be surprisingly fun, especially if you smooth the transition with some comfort food or a couple of cheeky drinks.
Take the time to teach older relatives how to use the technology before Christmas rolls around and you’ll be able to have the kids open presents with them on the day. Though these moments may be experienced at a distance, they’re still a beautiful opportunity for connection.
A socially distant Christmas may not be ideal, but getting down in the dumps about it won’t get us anywhere. Take the safety parameters you have to work with and get creative in finding ways to inspire Christmas cheer. It’ll all be worth it when you see beaming smiles on the faces of those you love.