10 Nov Alone For The Holidays? You Can Still Have Fun!
The holiday season is traditionally a time to gather with family, but many of us, whether by choice or circumstance, may find ourselves spending it alone. Even for those who generally enjoy their solitude, the holidays can feel a little dreary. Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities for you to take joy in the season, even if you’re flying solo this year.
If you’ll be alone for the Holidays, consider one of these fun, unconventional ideas for making it memorable.
Plan a Spa Day
If spas are your thing, then Christmas is the perfect time to plan a trip. Not only are you likely to have an easier time making an appointment, but spas often have fun holiday-themed treatments like cinnamon cider facials, hot chocolate stone massages and vanilla chai scrubs and manicures. If a decadent spa day isn’t in the budget, then creating an in-home spa with a few treatments found at your local drug store is a great way to relax.
Prepare an Elaborate Meal
You may not be cooking for a crowd, but that’s no reason to eat a frozen meal; cooking for one simply means that you have no one else’s dietary preferences and restrictions to consider. Check out a cookbook from your local library or browse the internet for dishes that are more involved than your typical weeknight fare, and enjoy making something new. You can either scale the recipes down to one serving or make your recipes as they’re written and enjoy leftovers over the following week.
Volunteer at a Local Organization
Volunteering in your community may not be something that your busy schedule always permits, but if you’re alone for the holidays and you have some extra days off of work, consider spending a few hours at your local soup kitchen, nursing home or hospital. Not only will this give you a change of scene for the day, but you’ll have the opportunity to bring joy to others.
Go See a Movie
There are several fun movies coming to theaters over the next couple of months, and there’s sure to be a couple that will fit your interests. As a bonus, the theaters are likely to be considerably less crowded on Christmas, especially if you go earlier in the day. Pick a movie, load up on popcorn and candy, and enjoy.
Whether it’s a walk in your city or a hike or bike ride at your nearest park, spending time outdoors is extra-relaxing when you have the sidewalks and trails largely to yourself. If you’re going out alone, just be sure to let someone know where you’re going and when you plan to be back.
Travel or Start Planning Your Next Adventure
For a lot of people, the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is the perfect time to plan a tropical cruise, especially if you live somewhere where winter comes with slushy streets and cloudy skies. Not only can you get away from the cold weather, but you may be able to snag a great deal on travel expenses, depending on where you’re heading. If a last-minute vacation isn’t in the budget, then take a few hours to plan out a fun vacation to take next year.
You may be alone for the holidays, but that doesn’t mean that you have to feel lonely. Set aside your idea of what the season is “supposed” to look like, recognizing that the perfect holiday season is a myth even for those surrounded by family, and focus on making it enjoyable for you.
By Mike LaTour | Owner Soundwave Art™
I spent 17 years in the music industry and have always had a love of art. Combining music, sound, and art was a perfect fit. With the success of Soundwave Art™ and our augmented reality app we felt that Star Map Art needed an upgrade so we launched Augmented Reality Star Map Art!