“Home Alone” for the Holidays

November 23rd, 2020

A surge in COVID-19 cases during the second wave of the pandemic may be throwing a curve in your holiday plans, but here’s my top 7 ideas for making the most of the special time of year.

#1 Holly Jolly Christmas Movie Night(s)

Is it really holidays without Hallmark’s cheesy Christmas movies, Warner Brothers’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, or The Santa Claus and Home Alone series’? While the holidays may be quieter this year, it should leave plenty of time to get in the holiday spirit with a classic Christmas themed movie night, or two, or three, or four…

#2 Holiday Baking & Gingerbread Making

Personally, baking is my favourite part about the holidays; whether it involves the challenge of constructing an entirely homemade two-story gingerbread house or simply making a batch of shortbread cookies shaped like gingerbread men. I’ve included links to some of my favourite holiday recipes below!

  1. Gingerbread house: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/gingerbread-house-recipe-1963254
  2. Chocolate-dipped shortbread cookies: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/shortbread-cookies-recipe-1945855
  3. Chocolate cake: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/17981/one-bowl-chocolate-cake-iii/

While I’m not a big fan of sweets, I get my enjoyment from the creating and decorating part of baking, and of course sharing the treats within my “social distancing bubble”.

#3 Deck the Halls

While not as many people will see your beautiful lights and decor, there’s no reason to skip out on tradition this year. If anything, it’ll lighten the mood on what some people may view as more of a grim year.

#4 Run Rudolph Run

While I’d much prefer to run in hot and humid conditions, I’m grateful for the ability to run no matter the weather. In some ways, winter running is even more special because it forces you to get outside to clear your mind. Just make sure that you err on the side of caution and dress warmer than you think you need to (especially if you live in Saskatchewan and run through -40 degree celsius conditions).

#5 Baby it’s Cold Outside, Winter Festivities

You’re never too old for sledding, snow angels, and hot cocoa in my opinion. For this reason, I’ll share my favourite (healthier) hot cocoa recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp organic cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tbsp pure maple syrup (or more if you have a sweet tooth)

Directions

  1. Heat milk and water in a cup over the stove top or in the microwave.
  2. Stir in the cocoa powder and maple syrup until combined.

#6 Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Social gatherings may be off the list this year but socially distanced walks are fully acceptable (unless your local jurisdictions say otherwise). The frosty winter wonderland also makes for a very photogenic scene, so have the cameras ready!

#7 Driving down Candy Cane Lane

Social distancing can get lonely at times, but I’ve found that even going out for a drive helps to combat these feelings. Why not blast the Christmas tunes while you’re at it and view the wintery scene and holiday lights!


Hopefully this post lifts your holiday spirits and inspires you to find different ways of celebrating the season this year!

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