The holidays are often considered a joyous occasion where you spend time with family and friends, eat delicious food, and much more. But not everyone is afforded the same luxury. There are many people who spend the holidays alone. These reasons vary from not having a family to issues with family, or lack of money to visit family if they live elsewhere. Whatever your reasons are, spending the holidays solo doesn’t mean you have to feel lonely. There are many things you can do to enjoy yourself over the holidays and the best part is that you are in control of the fun.
xoNecole compiled a list of a few things you can do to assure that you too can have a wonderful Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, or just a break. Make memories your way while also starting new traditions.
‘Tis the season!
You may not be traveling to see family but you can plan a trip to see the world’s beauty. Solocations are a great way to reflect and learn about yourself and why not do that at one of the best travel destinations? Whether you decide to go snorkeling in the crystal blue waters of Jamaica or go on a winter escape in Aspen, going on a solo trip is a beautiful experience and a great way to spend the holidays.
There’s nothing like giving back; that is why volunteering is next on our list of the best ways to enjoy the holidays alone. There are a lot of people in need and are also alone during the holidays, so spending time with them, whether it's feeding the homeless or visiting sick children in the hospital, will make everyone happy.
Your favorite spa may be closed on Christmas day but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a spa-like experience at home. Pamper yourself by lighting candles or incense, painting your nails, and giving yourself a facial. You can also use this day to meditate, read a self-help book, write down affirmations, and write down your goals for the next year i.e. create a vision board.
4.Treat Yourself to Dinner
You may not want to cook a big dinner at home, so going out to eat may be the next best thing. Many restaurants are open on Christmas day, and some serve Christmas dinner. Be sure to check your local area to see which restaurants are open.
You may not have time or money to travel but you don’t want to be at home for the holidays and like the good sis Tabitha Brown always says, “that’s your business.” So, book a hotel in your city and enjoy the luxurious amenities they have to offer. If you don’t necessarily want to leave your hotel room, you can always order room service and watch Christmas movies all day long. No judgment here.
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