How to Enjoy a Solo Christmas

How to Enjoy a Solo Christmas

Draven Jackson
Blogger | Teacher

For many people, Christmas is a day to be with their family or friends, but not everyone is so lucky to be able to spend Christmas with the people they love. Sometimes – whether it’s because you’re away on business, live in a different city or country, or are too busy to make it home for the holidays – you might have to enjoy a solo Christmas. But just because you’re alone doesn’t mean that it can’t still be a festive holiday!

For any readers spending Christmas alone this year, there are plenty of ways to still enjoy the holiday even if you don’t have anyone to enjoy it with. Here are some great ways to have fun and appreciate a solo Christmas this year!

Decorate in the style you enjoy

The first step to enjoying a solo Christmas? Make sure to decorate! Just because you’re alone this year doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get the chance to feel festive and enjoy the holidays. I know it may seem like a hassle to have to decorate on your own only to take it down later, but it’s been proven that the environment you’re living in can drastically affect your mental health. There’s no reason to miss out on Christmas just because you’re celebrating it alone!

Also, the beauty of a solo Christmas is that you can decorate in whatever style or aesthetic you like best without worrying if it matches everyone else. Wanna try out minimalist decorations this year? Do it! Thinking about going all out with colorful garlands and fun bells? You totally can – a solo Christmas means getting to decorate your home exactly how you want it.

Treat yourself to nice meals

The most important part of a solo Christmas is treating yourself to the things you want. Without a big family to sit around the table with, you might think you’re missing out on the Christmas experience. However, a solo Christmas is all about you – decorating how you like, getting yourself a gift you want, and eating all the yummy foods your heart desires. For the entirety of Christmas day, make sure to eat delicious foods that make you feel happy and satisfied.

And I’m not just talking about dinner, no – breakfast, second breakfast, lunch, teatime, afternoon snack, dinner, supper. You’ve worked hard this year, so treat yourself to a lot of yummy foods throughout Christmas day. You’ve earned it.

Unwind and relax

How to Enjoy a Solo ChristmasA solo Christmas is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a little R&R – rest and relaxation. Take a nice bath, use a face mask, and paint your nails. Treat yourself like royalty and take care of your mind, body, and spirit this holiday season. Christmas is about the people you love, and a solo Christmas emphasizes the love in self-love.

When else during the year have you given yourself the time to rest? With no familial responsibilities to uphold this holiday, make this Christmas about you and take care of all your needs. Don’t be afraid to stock up on nice-smelling candles and use your best bath bomb. Another day like this might not come up for a while, so enjoy it while you can!

Watch your favorite Christmas movie

One of my favorite parts about the holidays is the plethora of seasonal movies (new and old) that are available online, so I highly recommend that if you’re enjoying a solo Christmas this year you should rewatch your favorite Christmas movie! Plus, with a Christmas of one, there’s the bonus of not having to ask anyone else for their opinions – you can just watch exactly what you want to!

If you don’t want to watch your favorite Christmas movie – or don’t have a favorite Christmas movie – you can pick one you’ve never seen and watch it for the first time! I watched a lot of Christmas films during my first Christmas in Japan (which was a solo Christmas). There’s nothing quite like kicking back with a cake in your lap and turning on a cheesy holiday flick.

Buy the perfect gift you’ve been wanting

One thing about a solo Christmas is that you may not have as many opportunities to enjoy the activity of giving and receiving gifts. But just because you may not be celebrating with others doesn’t mean you don’t still deserve something nice! If you’re enjoying a Christmas alone this year, make sure to treat yourself to a nice gift that you’ve been wanting.

Giving a gift to yourself also alleviates any stress that some of us experience about picking out the wrong gift. Can’t get it wrong if it’s for you! Choose something you’ve been wanting but continuously talk yourself out of buying – whether because you don’t need it, it’s too expensive, whatever. You deserve a nice gift this Christmas, even if it’s a gift from yourself to yourself, so don’t be afraid to shell out some cash on something nice!

Call your loved ones

Even though a solo Christmas can have a lot of positives, it’s easy to still feel lonely if you aren’t with your loved ones during the holidays. That’s why it’s perfectly reasonable to want to call the people you love just to chat sometime during Christmas day. Living in the modern age means having more ways to keep in touch with people even from a distance, and video calling is a great way to still feel like you’re together with your family and friends during the holidays!

Take a solo trip or go do a fun activity on your own

Even if you’re celebrating a solo Christmas, that doesn’t mean you have to just stay at home! While a rest day at home is a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday, you can also use the chance to go on a small trip someplace alone! Or, if traveling too far from home isn’t an option, find a local activity or event happening and go enjoy it!

There are so many ways to enjoy celebrating the holidays on your own, so you don’t have to just stay home and mope about how you’re alone. Take the time to eat some delicious meals, treat yourself to a nice gift, and go somewhere new to celebrate Christmas! Make this year a solo Christmas to remember.

Do you have more ideas for how to enjoy a solo Christmas? Tell us in the comments!

Draven Jackson HeadshotAbout Draven Jackson

Draven is an avid writer and reader who enjoys sharing her opinions on movies, books, and music with the rest of the world. She will soon be working as a teacher in Japan and hopes to use her experience to connect with other teachers and students around the globe. Draven spends most of her time at home with her family, her dogs, and her ferret.

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2 Comments on “How to Enjoy a Solo Christmas”

  1. This is a 𝐆𝐑𝐄𝐀𝐓 article. There are so many things/events that can lead one to a Solo Christmas (and/or other holidays). Many people fall into sadness when alone on and around holidays. I am so glad that you included “Calling Your Loved Ones”, because even though we may be physically alone; there is no reason to be completely cut off from everyone. Call, message, Facetime, etc… Document the holiday(s) with a note and/or a photo(s). If you have pets, then by all means include them. Make a playlist, draw, write, make holiday cookies. . . 𝐃𝐨 𝐒𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐒𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 if not for yourself, then for someone else. Creating a new tradition big or small is also fun. Take some time to happily reflect, daydream, reach out, create, document and pray. Reread this article with an open mind and consideration. It will make a huge difference and you will feel great.

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