Seasons greetings! Joyous Kwanzaa! Joyeux Noël! Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Whichever phrase befits your principles, here at Globally Abroad, we hope it’s a happy holiday for you and your people. With the difficult condition our world has been in this year, it’s essential to take the time and reflect. There should always be a time in your day dedicated to absorbing more than the consumerist way, but during the holidays is especially important, no matter the massive cliché it contains.
As the season progresses and we inch closer to this next year, focus on the bigger picture of your goals. Use that “new year, new me” resolution effectively and meaningfully. What can you do to make your mark on the world? No commitment is too big or too small. Just know you can do constructive things to really make a difference in the global scheme of things.
Since this year has caused our routines to become distorted, it can be hard to come up with Christmas plans. It’s really a personal choice what everyone decides to do for the holidays, but if you’re committed to staying home, here are some activities to spend your time doing!
1. Before going to bed, spend some time baking and cooking a feast so you have yet another reason to look forward to Christmas morning! After the run of unwrapping your gifts, it will be a pleasant replenishment before everyone goes about their Christmas ways. Also – the best part, if you cook enough or if you have a small household, you’ll have so many leftovers!
2. Something that has most likely been adopted into many of our routines this year is piecing puzzles together. Literally! Though assembling a *Christmas* puzzle on *Christmas* morning hits a little differently. While you do it, light a candle, put on your favorite Christmas movie or song, and focus on the now; and enjoy the time you have with your loved ones working together on a puzzle.
3. If you’re a little more on the creative side, spend your 2020 Christmas day making ornaments! You can use household items to create these – flour, water, salt, glue, your bare hands. They won’t be the most commonly made ornaments, but it’s the activity and effort put into it that means the most. Even though this year was full of chaotic plots and twists, having these to look back on will put a smile on your face.
4. Not everyone has that musical itch, but it’s the holiday season and it’s hard skipping over your favorite Christmas songs without belting a little something! Having a family karaoke party (with a karaoke mic and all) will be something to get your blood pumping and body moving while being at home all day. You can literally rock around your Christmas tree.
5. It’s disheartening not being able to see family members you don’t live with at this time of year. While you are making those cookies or ornaments, throw something in there for your loved one that you can send in the mail. It may not be the same as exchanging gifts in person, but they will know they’re in your thoughts when they receive any sort of gift from you. Have fun with it! Food is always a wonderful gift.
6. Now, this choice may be the most fitting for the year. Get your family together via the internet! Host a party over Zoom, Facetime, or Skype! It’s understandable the difference this makes but being able to see their face while hearing their voice at all is a Christmas gift. Beforehand, plan exciting games or questions you and your family can go through while at your virtual party.
7. Last, but not least; put your Christmas pajamas on, bundle up if you’re in a colder climate, and find some socially distanced activities to do! Make sure to review how conditions are in your area to be extra cautious before doing so. While out, you and the family can go to a drive-by Christmas light show, go sledding if your place of residence resembles a snow globe, or simply find a holiday market or big communal Christmas tree to roam! There are so many safe outdoor activities to make memories with, you just have to look around!
Remember to stay safe when doing any activity that involves visiting outside of your home. Wear a mask, keep a hand sanitizer close, and make the most out of what you have. Here at Globally Abroad, we want you to continue having experiences of a lifetime, and we can’t wait to get back out there with you as global citizens.
GBA transforms the lives of minority youth into global citizens, by way of international travel.
By offering global opportunities ranging from language courses, community service projects, to internships, we encourage and provide international travel programs for minority youth for a chance to encounter diverse communities. Globally Abroad aims to help our participants build their own understanding of world events and culture as they encourage their own communities to do the same. We full-heartedly stand by our mission, which is why we intend to inspire action, break barriers of discrimination, and operate in excellence.