5 Ways to Get Festive If You’re Not Going Home for the Holidays

How are you spending the holidays?

This holiday season is unlike any we’ve experience before, as millions worldwide will forgo traveling home to their families in order to self quarantine. And for those who typically look forward to spending time in person with their loved ones, this is going to be a challenging time. But, there are a few simple ways we can keep our spirits high by getting into the spirit of the holidays. Take a look at 5 ways we recommend getting festive for those spending the holidays in quarantine, then let us know if we missed anything from our list in the comments section on social media.

Watch Your Favorite Holiday Movies

Nothing gets me in the mood like a Christmas movie, whether that be “Home Alone,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Elf” or “Love Actually.” And luckily, many streaming services have stocked their sites with holiday content old and new, so a movie marathon is just a click away.

Bake Some Treats From Your Family’s Recipe

Just because you can’t bake cookies with your mom, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a family recipe. Ask your mom, dad, grandma or auntie for the family recipe and try to replicate it in your own kitchen.

Have a Virtual Christmas Morning

One of the hardest parts about spending the holidays away from family will be missing out on Christmas morning in person. However, you can still spread cheer and open presents virtually over Zoom. And no matter where you are in the world, you can still share this special time with family and friends.

Volunteer (Safely)

Because of the pandemic, people need help more than ever before. One of the best ways to volunteer is by delivering groceries to people in your area (contact free of course) and there are plenty of organizations that help out vulnerable populations nationwide.

Start a New Tradition

While this holiday may be new if you’re practicing social distancing, new isn’t always a bad thing. Take this time to create a new tradition, whether that be cooking a fun dish, writing a letter or having a dance party. Who knows, maybe it will become a yearly tradition that you’ll share with your family and friends once we can safely celebrate together.