It’s been a turbulent 2020, and as such, Christmas might look a bit different for many families this year. But that doesn’t mean we can’t all embrace a little Christmas spirit in our own special way. Need some fun things to do this Christmas without family? Here are our top 10 must-dos:
- Host a Christmas dinner for your friends/adopted family
While family are important, so are your friends! Why not celebrate your friendships by inviting your pals over for a Christmas feast or dinner? While they won’t be able to replace your nearest and dearest, they’ll certainly help to fill the void.
- Celebrate Christmas on Zoom
You might not be able to physically join your family on Christmas, but you can still be there in spirit and on screen to celebrate with them. All you need is a Zoom account and a working internet connection and you can cheers to Mum’s glazed ham over the phone.
- Help Santa deliver your Christmas presents
Santa’s put you on the “nice” list and he’s already checked it twice… He reckons you’re due for a present or two, and he knows exactly what you like. It just needs to be picked up from Santa’s shop. Perhaps he knows someone who can help with this very important task?
- Treat yourself to a pamper day at home
Things have been a little hectic lately. So much so, it’s got us thinking: “When was the last time we had a pamper day?” Without the distractions of family, Christmas suddenly becomes a great time for a little rest and recovery. Take this well-deserved time to treat yourself to a pamper day. Fill the bathtub and your glass with your favourite bubbles and enjoy a nice at-home escape.
Need to kill some time? Embrace the domestic god or goddess within and bake something divine. Baking/cooking in the kitchen can help you to slow down and appreciate the finer things in life (feel free to add a glass of wine for a fine time). Plus you’ll be left with something utterly scrumptious that you can feast on. Check out our recipes for some inspiration.
- Get out into nature
If you’ve found yourself feeling a little down about celebrating Christmas without family, clear your mind in the great outdoors. Go for a walk in the bush or forest, head to the beach or visit us by the lake, and make sure to soak in your natural surroundings and get some perspective on life.
If ever there was a time to help and support others, Christmas would be it. From animal shelters and hospices, to food banks and schools – there are plenty of organisations looking for people to volunteer/help out throughout the season, so get in touch and share a little love with those who are less fortunate this silly season.
- Clock in some serious binge-watching time
Yet to finish the last season of Game of Thrones or curious to know what Stranger Things is all about? Now’s the time to clock in some serious binge-watching time. Do make sure your TV subscriptions are up-to-date and don’t forget your binge TV snacks (block of Vinofood Rocky Road, anyone?).
- Write to family and friends
While we love the ease and convenience of technology, we’re big advocates for the revival of the traditional pen pal. This Christmas why not connect with your family and friends the good old fashioned way and send them a postcard, letter or note? They’ll appreciate the sentiment and might even send something back.
- Be a tourist in your own town
Got itchy feet? There’s plenty to see and do in our own backyard – from pristine coast and towering forest, to gourmet foodie experiences and delicious lunches by lakes – so rather than sitting at home moping, come wander out yonder. The distraction is certainly worth any travel time, plus you’ll be amazed at what you might find.
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