Posted by: silverliningsblog | November 30, 2020

A merry COVID Christmas

A merry what?!

Ok, so we all know these are unusual times we’re living in, and that these holidays will not look the same as in years past. Not being able to see our families and friends is not on anyone’s Christmas wish list, nor is spending the holidays alone, especially for single people and seniors.

When things aren’t the way we want them to be, we can make ourselves miserable by resisting the situation and continuing to focus on what’s “wrong.” It’s a guaranteed way to let the Grinch steal your Christmas.

Or―just like the Whos in Whoville who joined hands and sang songs after the Grinch stole their presents―we can make ourselves feel better by adapting to the situation and making the best of it. Ask yourself, “How can I make this Christmas feel good?”

When we embrace―instead of resist―our current circumstances, we may even make the holidays better than before! (I know I’m actually looking forward to a quieter, more peaceful and less hectic Christmas this year.)

Ideas for making Christmas fun

Here are 10 ideas for making Christmas fun, even during COVID:

  1. Light it up – Go crazy with decorating inside and outside…add some extra lights and bows to make things look more festive feel more joyful. We added extra lights in our backyard this year so we can see them out our picture window, and I’m even adding white lights to the plant in my bedroom so it feels sparkly and bright! Oh, and we’ll be keeping our lights on until the snow is gone. 😊

  2. Go light gazing – Many people are putting up extra outdoor lights this year. Go for a walk around your neighbourhood in the evening to lift your spirits, or a drive around town (there are many places that have organized lit trails you can drive through as well – there are 3 here in Ottawa!).

  3. Treat yourself – Splurge and buy yourself some nice gifts this year, especially if you live alone. Wrap them and put them under the tree so you have something to look forward to Christmas day. This year is all about comfort for me…fluffy blankets and socks, bath products and candles!

  4. Host an online party – Big get-togethers with friends and family are out this year, so consider hosting a virtual party instead! I usually host a big “Ugly Sweater, Horrible Gifts, Terrible Singing” party for my friends every year, and this year will be no exception…I’ll just host it on Zoom, we’ll exchange our funny gifts by dropping them on each other’s doorsteps, and we’ll do online karaoke and play virtual games for fun while dressed in silly sweaters and drinking our favourite beverage!

  5. Have a virtual dinner – Don’t eat Christmas dinner alone. If you’re in an area where it’s allowed, find a friend or family member to join you. If it’s not allowed, grab your computer and have dinner virtually…you can still talk and share laughter like you normally would, you’ll just be eating different meals! 😊

  6. Do an online game or craftYaymaker has many cool craft and games that can be done virtually for a pretty low price. Check them out and either join on your own or organize something with friends/family members!

  7. Check out an online concert – Many great artists (Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Barenaked Ladies etc.) have announced they are hosting online concerts over the next few weeks. Do a Google or Facebook search and grab a ticket to something that will inspire you and make you smile.

  8. Get outside – Go snowshoeing, skiing, skating, sledding, walking…enjoy the winter weather and different options it provides.

  9. Have a Christmas movie marathon – Put on your comfiest PJs and watch some sappy, uplifting movies…better yet, do it with a friend (either in person or virtually).

  10. Escape to an exotic location virtually – There are many museums and places around the world you can now “visit” virtually…do a Google search and you’ll soon have many ideas for places to escape to from the comfort of your own home!

Ideas for giving back

Another great way of improving your outlook over the holidays is to see where you can lend a hand. Some ideas include:

  • Support local – Many businesses are struggling, so buying food, gifts and gift cards from your favourite places may help them to get through this winter and still be around next year.

  • Make an online donation – There are so many great charities out there needing support. I particularly like Food Banks Canada, the Shoebox Project (for homeless women), and Kiva.org (microloans for business owners in developing countries).

  • Share your talent – Make baked goods or crafts and share with people who may be feeling lonely or blue this holiday season.

  • Check in with others – Think of who you know who is alone over the holidays and give them a call to check in and see how they’re doing.

  • Random acts of kindness – Do something nice for someone in your community to lift their spirits. Shovel a neighbour’s driveway. Brush snow off someone’s car. Buy a coffee for the next person in line at the drive-through. Tell the store clerk you appreciate their hard work. Little things go a long way, especially in times like these (and they rarely cost anything other than time).

Share your ideas

Please share your ideas for making the holidays great in the comments below!

Resources

For more holiday inspiration, see:

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About the author

Karen Strang Allen is a love and empowerment coach for single women. She is the author of Free to be me: Create a life you love from the inside out! and international bestselling co-author of Unwavering Strength Volume 2. Widowed at 22 and separated at 35, Karen’s mission is to help single women feel great about who they are and create a life they love so they attract their dream partner. Check out Karen’s free inspirational resources and workshops at www.karenstrangallen.com.


Responses

  1. Theatres are renting out for families! Allows great social distancing. Inexpensive and creates some feeling of ‘together’!! Great for morale!


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