There could be a plethora of reasons you’re celebrating away from the family this year. Maybe because of your job, or an errand that just happens to be cross country, I’m not quite sure myself. But the fun doesn’t have to stop there! I know how homesickness can be such a pooper, but you have to fight it – because there are still ways to enjoy Christmas!
Have a little faith and refer to this list. Wink!
- Facetime a friend, relative, or SO
Hello, we live in the 21st Century! It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, girl. Hook Skype up or open Facetime and let the festivities begin. You may not see their faces the entire night, but it’ll make you feel so much better seeing them for at least a decent amount of time before parading off to wherever. Plus, if they’re up for it, they can include you at the dinner table. You know, the good old fashioned way. It’ll make you feel less alone and more integrated, if you catch my drift.
- Stay a Busy Bee
The winter blues are real, actual things that can literally suck the life right out of you. Don’t fall victim to this, especially if and when you’re alone slash away from the family. Stay on your feet, no matter how cozy your bed is looking right now, and face the world head-on. Distract yourself from all the troubles that keep on bothering you, and be productive. Whether it be by cooking something usually mom would cook, writing up your next bestseller, crafting to your heart’s content, or just plain old reading past favorites.
- Do a Good Deed for Someone Else
Nothin’ like being Santa for the Holidays. No, you don’t need a big, bulky costume, you just need to be kindhearted. You don’t have to go all-out on this one, especially if you have worries yourself, but I find that it’s a pretty good distraction to most of your jumbled thoughts, and you actually get to help someone along the way; which is the essence of this, now, ain’t it? You can donate used up clothes, find a shelter you can volunteer for/in, charities you can give back to. You literally don’t even have to spend anything, people will value your time and efforts more than you can imagine.
- Make New Traditions
Just because you’re making new traditions, doesn’t mean you’re getting rid of the old ones. You’re just making room for more memories, and even more booze – maybe! Find some locals wherever it is you’re staying and jive with them, try to get to know them better and maybe even go pub-hopping and whatnot. Your co-workers and friends may also get the memo, up to you! Look for something else to do entirely, change isn’t all that bad. You just have to look in the right places.
- Host a Dinner Party
Maybe it’s time you opened your home to people who are maybe also away from their families this Christmas. Host a dinner party for the less fortunate, the person who’s also away this Holiday, that co-worker you rely on for support in the work place, your local friends, to each and every one. Just because you’re not with the fam squad this Christmas, doesn’t mean you have to celebrate it alone.