If you were designing an ideal Christmas/holiday experience, what would you want it to include?
I've been reading articles about how different this holiday season will be, and have just survived part one, with only a vague sense of regret. But I hear that a pandemic Christmas might feel worst than a Thanksgiving one.
So I decided to have a think about what it would mean to have an ideal Christmas, anyway. I mean, was it going to be ideal without the pandemic?
2020 has gifted us all with a unique opportunity: to shed traditions that weren’t really working for us anyway, and start fresh. - Amy Hearn
Designing My Ideal Christmas: My Top Ten Wishes
(1) There would be an honest-to-goodness fireplace - no chance of that since I live in an apartment.
(2) I would get to see or talk to my mom - she passed away two years ago.
(3) I'd find and decorate a real tree - I'm fiercely allergic, so no luck there, either.
(4) My son would be so delighted by his gifts, he'd throw up his hands and his face would light up - so many reasons why this is impossible...
-my son is 19 and therefore is way too cool to react that way.
-this is going to be a lean holiday and that kind of excitement would be expensive to create, even if it were possible
(5) I'd have a morning cup of apple cinnamon tea, light a candle and read a Christmas romance novel - aha! That one could actually happen.
(6) I'd watch delightful Hallmark Christmas movies with my son, while we drank hot chocolate and ate popcorn, like we used to do - sadly, he isn't into holiday movies anymore, but I could do that by myself. Wouldn't be the same, though.
(7) I'd hang out with a group of friends and play Christmas-themed board games in the afternoon - even without the pandemic, this wouldn't work.
-we're not really settled yet in the new apartment.
-I'd have to buy the board games, and my budget is limited.
(8) There would be ham, a broccoli, cheese and pasta casserole, and apple pie and ice cream - that's one we could do.
(9) I'd get gifts that would make me excited about having them in the new year - that could still happen, but it's definitely not guaranteed.
(10) I'd get to meet Santa - you know, if I'm going to dream, I might as well reach for the moon.
So, let's see where we ended up. What might I do this Christmas?...
I could put a fireplace video on my laptop. I can light a candle and have a cup of tea, while reading. I could create a wish list of a few things I'd be excited to take into the new year (like the Apple Crumble, and pina colada teas I am currently out of, and a couple of the Torani syrups I'd like to try). I can watch Hallmark Christmas movies and make hot chocolate and/or eat popcorn. We could have ham and pasta and pie.
Not so bad, really. Not too shabby!
Notice how many wishes are not even affected by the pandemic? And how many of my wishes would be impossible, anyway?
So much has changed for my son and me in the past few years, that this would be a good time to re-evaluate our traditions, anyway. And maybe create new ones.
The value — and the magic — of rituals is that they can give us whatever we need in that moment. They can give us comfort if that’s what we need, or confidence, or joy. -Eleni Gage,Lucky in Love: Traditions, Customs and Rituals to Personalize Your Wedding.
What Would Make Your Holiday Ideal?
Take a moment to think about it. What would be ideal?
Tell me in a comment and I will wish or commiserate with you.
See you tomorrow!
What is hygge? According to the dictionary, it's a "quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture)"
I have been creating a hygge lifestyle ever since I discovered hygge about 4 years ago.
But the past couple of years have been difficult ones, and in many ways, this moment in time feels like starting over. So I am returning to my intention to live hygge, and create as many cozy moments as possible in my day.
Creating a Hygge Lifestyle
Recently, I read a post that reminded me that I was a bit off my game when it came to creating a hygge lifestyle. It was a post from Jenny in Neverland, called 40 Winter Self-Care Ideas.
I felt inspired to try several of her self-care ideas and having a day of hygge was one of them.
When I wrote about discovering her blog and post, I promised to report back after trying each of the self-care ideas I had chosen. My other two were to read and gather Christmas books and create a winter bucket list and a Christmas bucket list.
I also wrote about what an ideal Christmas would be like for me.
But I still hadn't managed to create a day of hygge, until yesterday.
My Day of Hygge
My goal of redesigning and creating a hygge lifestyle is still a work in progress, so I hope to have days that are even more infused with hygge moments in the future. But this was a great start!
Here's what I did...
(1) I had a slow morning routine that included a cozy meditation and a big cup of apple cinnamon tea.
(2) I watched The Christmas House, a new Hallmark Christmas movie from their Countdown to Christmas 2020 lineup, and LOVED it!
(3) I spent a good portion of the day reading. I finished one Christmas romance novel, and started another.
(4) I had Thanksgiving leftovers, and my son and I finished the sweet potato pie which I had with whipped cream. Yummy comfort is very hygge! :)
(5) I curled up in my comfy chair and watched several episodes of The Crown, finishing up season 1 and starting season 2, and then, watched a couple of episodes of Mr. Christmas, a holiday decorating show in Netflix, while I got ready for bed.
I stayed up later than I usually do, also a hygge indulgence, since I love to stay up late watching TV or reading.
It was a great day!
Have you had a day of hygge lately?
See you tomorrow!
P.S. The only cozy, hygge thing I love to do, but didn't do this time, and hope to do next time is light a candle or two.
Blogmas is a series of ideas, images, videos, or writings all centered around the holiday season. -Simply Katrina
Blogmas 2020: A Christmas Blogging Challenge
It’s almost time for Blogmas 2020,and I’m looking forward to it.
Given the lockdown, and therefore, diminished, experiences many of us will have during this next month, I think we need as much Christmas cheer & holiday spirit as we can create. And since most Blogmas posts are a month of Christmas-themed ones, I am excited to join the community of lifestyle bloggers and others who will participate. Want to join us?
The only rules are to post every day in December (some stop on the 24th) and write about Christmas topics. To find each other, we can use the #blogmas hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.
Let me know on Twitter if you plan to join in and I will follow you if I haven’t done so, already.
My Blogmas Christmas Posts
I have written and scheduled my posts already, and they seem to fall into several different categories…
-Christmas Style on a Budget
-Hallmark Christmas Movies
-Christmas Romance Novels
-Holiday Decorating Ideas
-Hygge Christmas 2020 and Hygge Decor 2021
-After Christmas Decor: Winter Decorating
20 Blogmas Topic Ideas
Some of these are ones I hadn't thought of before, but now wish I had an extra day or something so I could use them. Maybe I'll start early. Here they are...
How to survive a COVID Christmas
Christmas decoration ideas
Christmas gift ideas
Stocking stuffer gift ideas
Christmas gift wish list
Buying your tree & decorating it
Best Christmas gift you’ve ever received
Your favorite family Christmas traditions
Christmas reading challenges or Christmas-themed novels
Christmas reading list
Christmas on a budget (in your niche)
Christmas style & outfit of the day
Christmas playlist or favorite Christmas carols
Top 10 Christmas movies of all time
Christmas movies 2020: your recommendations
Christmas cooking ideas or recipes
Christmas cookie recipes
Best Hot Cocoa recipes
Christmas bucket list
Letters to Santa
30 Holiday Keyword Ideas
Here are 30 keyword suggestions...
Christmas Reading Challenge
Christmas Romance Novels
Christmas Romance Books
Christmas Romance Movies
Holiday Decor Christmas
Holiday Decorating Ideas
Holiday Decor Apartment
Hygge Christmas 2020
Hygge Christmas Decor
Hallmark Christmas Movies
Hallmark Christmas Movies 2020
Christmas Cookie Recipes
After Christmas Decor
After Christmas Decor Winter Decorating
After Christmas Decorating
Christmas Style 2020
Christmas Style Fashion
Christmas Style Clothes
Christmas Style Outfit
I’m looking forward to reading your posts! If you’re joining in for this Blogmas 2020 go-round, let me know.
See you next time!
Hi, I'm Jeanine
Author, tea matchmaker, self care coach and lifestyle blogger. I help women who want more time for tea breaks & self care simplify, and find time for both. More here.