Making the Most Out of Staying Home for the Holidays

Family during the holidays wearing face masks

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or… at least it’s supposed to be. For many, the holidays in 2020 can bring many emotions. From stress of how to navigate conversations with family on whether to postpone gatherings, to missing the typical holiday experiences we usually partake in. We’re here to give you some tips on how to make the most of staying home for the holidays!

Make Your Home into Your “Happy Place”

For many, decorating the house to feel like a winter wonderland is a way to get into the holiday spirit. Even if you don’t have a house full of family this year, if Christmas decorations make you happy, then put them up to enjoy! After all, you’re spending more time at home than ever, so might as well have some festive décor to surround you. If decorations aren’t your thing and they cause more stress than joy, then skip the garland and lights. Whether you’re a candle lover, essential oils enthusiast, or just like to cozy up under a big, soft blanket, there are many ways to bring you relaxation and comfort that don’t have to involve carrying down the huge box from the attic and stressing to make every detail perfect.

Create New Traditions

Putting sprinkles on Christmas cookies

It can be easy to dwell on the things you’re missing out on, but instead, try creating a new tradition! Have you always wanted to be that person that makes a delightful holiday feast, or spends an entire day baking Christmas cookies? Now’s your chance to do it without the pressure of disappointing a bunch of people! You can take on a new challenge that you’ve always put off for lack of time. If cooking or baking aren’t your things, you can have a craft night with the family, or watch a classic Christmas movie.

Make Time for Gratitude

Practice mindfulness and focusing on what you’re grateful for by taking time to focus on all of the good things going on in your life. While it’s definitely okay to have a variety of emotions this holiday season, it can be easy to focus solely on the negative things if we’re not careful. That’s why it’s important to take time to focus on the things you’re grateful for, to put things back in perspective. This can look many different ways, from leaving notes of positivity on your bathroom mirror, to writing in a journal, to telling loved ones what you’re thankful for. To practice focusing on the present, here are some tips for being mindful.

Keep in Touch with Loved Ones

If you’re not seeing friends or family this year, take the time to check in with them. Maintaining connections is more important now than ever. Call up your friends to check in on their life and share what’s going on in yours. You can also go with traditional hand-written cards to share what’s been going on. And of course, there’s also always the option to virtually spend time together. Here are a few ideas on how to host a festive Zoom, complete with games and playlists, whether you’re looking to enjoy time with family or coworkers!

No matter how you’re celebrating this year, Pool Scouts wishes you a safe and happy holiday season!