Ready to relax this Christmas? With the global pandemic, it’s definitely going to be an unusual holiday season. Due to stay-at-home orders across the country, many of us aren’t able to spend this Christmas with the friends and family we love. However, we all could use a little vacation. Even if this holiday season isn’t picture-perfect, it’s still a great opportunity to wind down from a chaotic 2020. Check out these tips on how you can relax this Christmas.
1) Go See The Christmas Lights
Everyone has that neighbor who likes to go all out for Christmas. In a year like this, we could all use some spectacle! Go for a walk around the neighborhood and check out all the cool, creative decorations. Just make sure to dress warm and put on your mask! If it’s a bit too cold to go outside, you can drive through the neighborhood and look at the houses from your car. Feeling cooked up at home? You can do a scavenger hunt in the neighborhood — it will be a mini-adventure!
2) At Home Spa Day
Although most spas and salons are closed, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a relaxing experience at home. You can dim the lights, put on some Christmas classic music, and unwind. This could also be a chance to do some very necessary at home self-care. Get some aromatherapy candles that increase relaxation. ‘Tis the season to feel rejuvenated! Use some anti-aging treatments for your skin and enter the new year with a fresh glow.
3) Connect With Loved Ones
There’s nothing like being at a table crowded with loved ones. Unfortunately, the global pandemic has stopped us from being physically around a lot of people. However, you can still do your best to emulate the magic of the holidays online. With video platforms like Zoom, Skype, and Facetime, you can set up group calls. Perhaps, you can have your family video chat while eating dinner from their respective home. Maybe pour a glass of wine or two and sing some carols? Get creative! If you are going through Zoom fatigue, you can pivot to more analog forms of communication. Write a postcard or a letter to a loved one you haven’t spoken to in a while — they will definitely appreciate it!
4) Decorate Your Home
In addition to connecting with other people, you can also touch up your own space to make it feel warm and cozy. Get some fluffy blankets, candles, and Christmas lights. If you have a fireplace, light it up and make some s’mores! You can even make home decorating an online party. Send your friends a box of goodies. Once they receive their packages, jump on a video call together and chat while decorating. You can catch up, play some music, and just enjoy one another’s company. Are you friends with a lot of competitive types? You can have a contest to see who has the most creative home. Especially this year, it’s okay to be a little over the top. We could all use some fun.
5) Netflix and Chill
Sometimes, it’s best to keep it simple. There’s nothing like cuddling up with your partner and watching a silly movie. Since you surely have been binge-watching shows in quarantine, you can spice things up by watching holiday-themed movies and TV shows. There’s a wide array of content out there! You can check out your favorite show’s Holiday special or watch a classic like A Christmas Story. Throw on those extra comfy pair of sweats, make some popcorn, and stream your favorite movie. If you are alone this Holiday Season, fear not! You can ask your friends to watch the same movie as you and chat about it together after everyone’s done. Pour yourself a glass of wine and cut up some charcuterie — make your socially distant film party a sophisticated affair!
At the end of the day, your top priority should be the health and safety of yourself and the people you love. Though it can be difficult to be away from loved ones, you should think about how awesome it will be next year to be reunited with everyone. For now, you should do your best to find some relaxation this holiday season. With these simple tips, you can have a warm and fuzzy season and learn how to relax this Christmas. You deserve it!