2020 has been an unprecedented and challenging year for many of us. I had my first child this year and it's difficult to understand that their first Christmas is not going to be the big event we would all love. However, I believe this is an opportunity to create a new type of memory that will stand out from all other years and hopefully make the most of it.
Last year I was too pregnant to travel which meant just my husband and I were home. He didn't grow up with Christmas (which my family celebrates) and while he enjoys the spirit of the holidays and family reunions, the gift giving and traditions don't mean that much to him. To find a way to make it fun and a little different and to take some of the strain off it, we went to a supermarket near our house. With $ 40 in hand and a stated time of 40 minutes, we parted and set about "filling each other's stockings." It was absolutely ridiculous and I got an unreasonable amount of $ 0.50 cake, but it made us laugh and made the day special. And it didn't break the bank!
It gave me a moment to think about the things that make up the holidays, the holidays, not just the gifts but the memories we make too. Given that there are many people in a similar position this year, I thought it would be fun to ask our team how they “made the most of it” when they couldn't have their usual get-togethers, or how they do it. I plan for this year.
You may find inspiration on how to safely celebrate the holidays this year while saving a few dollars! Here are some of our favorites:
“When I went to college, my aunt gave me boxes. Big boxes. In the week before every holiday, a big, heavy box with streamers, noisemakers, tinsel, tissue paper, socks, novel pint glasses, T-shirts and Christmas socks, dog treats as you call them, and change – so much change – will undoubtedly land on my doorstep. hidden everywhere. Usually the card states how many dollars in nickels, dimes, and quarters I should have in the box after a thorough search for each item, with instructions on how to purchase a seasonally-appropriate liquor with my results. It's ridiculous and usually messy, but it makes me laugh and feel the vacation love even when I'm 3,000 miles away. "- Brigit C.
Ugly Christmas jumper socks
“For the past three or four years I've bought several pairs of outrageous socks, wrapped each one up, and let my family members randomly pick one on Christmas morning. There are usually at least two pairs of really bad socks out there, so it's fun to find out who is getting them (Pro tip: I usually sneak an extra surprise gift into one of the pairs). We couldn't all get together last year, so I kept the tradition going by asking each of my family members to give me their best compliments, determining who got which socks based on how much I liked each compliment, and then those to send socks to everyone before Christmas. We then all got into the FaceTime Christmas morning and opened our socks together. It has become a fun tradition, and especially in a year when budgets may be a little tighter, bank accounts are easy. "- Ryan K.
"Last year our family couldn't all get together, so we bought all of our siblings 'and parents' Facebook portals so we can all meet virtually!" It actually turned out to be so fun and we really felt like we were still all together. " – To Mr.
(Almost) the same place, same time
"This year we talked about getting all family members to do the same thing at the same time!" Right now we are planning a short walk by the water or the beach (at our respective locations), taking a photo and sharing these memories in the family group chat. "- Brian M.
Annual gaming party
“Some of my closest friends are sticking to our tradition of having a game party! We all plan to join our video game networks and play games together for the day. Even when we're not together in person, it's so much fun chatting with your friends in-game. We have actually been doing this for almost 20 years. "- Matt L.
Despite the unusual holiday season this year, there are still so many ways to spread the holiday spirit. Remember, the holidays are not just about the gifts or the money you spend, but the memories you make as well.
How are you celebrating the holidays this year? Comment below!