Christmas lights are starting to be hung, turkeys are being purchased and holiday magic is filling the air. The holidays are all about spending time with those you love, having great food and, of course, holiday cheer. However, once some of us leave home and go into the real world, we don’t get the opportunity to travel back home for the holidays. If that is the case, how does one make the most of the holidays when they cannot be with their loved ones?
1. Hosting a Friendsgiving
Find out which of your friends and coworkers also cannot travel home for Thanksgiving and host a friendsgiving at your house/apartment. Each person can take on purchasing an item and beverage so all of the food is accounted for and you can go get cheap party decorations from Party City (or your preferred retailer) and decorate.
2. Secret Santa
Being on your own for the holidays can not only be lonely, but also expensive. A great thing you can do to spend time with your friends/co-workers and still afford a nice present can be through Secret Santa. Basically, you can put all of your friends names in a hat and each person pulls out on name. From there, you set a price limit and write down things that person would want. When you celebrate you can all wear tacky Christmas sweaters, drink holiday punch and guess who had who.
3. Go Look at Christmas Lights and Other Activities
As cheesy as it is, going and looking at lights with your friends, and a hot cup of coco, is a great way to spend time and experience the holiday season. If that doesn’t suit your fancy, find your local outdoor skating ring and spend the evening there! Even if you can’t skate, it will still be a fun adventure and will create lasting memories.
PS: For those in ATL, there is a skating ring in Atlantic Station AND Piedmont Park.
If neither of those seem enjoyable, you could always stay in, bake cookies, watch holiday movies and decorate.
Local shelters and drives are always grateful for help during the holiday season. Even if you go for a hour to help serve food or help wrap presents, it gives back so much. Plus, you can make new friends while doing it.
I hope these ideas help those who can’t be home for the holidays, let me know if you have any to add!