Admittedly, being alone on Christmas can be quite lonely. Now that the world remains threatened by the coronavirus pandemic, some of us have no choice but to be on our own during the holidays.
For one, the safety of our families is a top priority. If social gatherings cannot be avoided, it should, at least, be limited to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. And while we know being separated from our loved ones is hard especially because Christmas celebrations are a part of Filipino tradition, being alone during this festive season still need not be as lonely.
Contrary to popular belief, being alone on Christmas is not an unusual phenomenon. Even before the pandemic hit, plenty of people spend their holidays solo— some have demanding work schedules, expensive travel fare, while others just prefer it that way. (Read: How do OFWs celebrate Christmas?)
Here are tips on how to have a peaceful yet festive Christmas this year!
Christmas in Isolation: Practice Self-Care
The holiday season is the perfect time to meditate on what you’re grateful for. Sure, it may be hard to feel blessed and thankful because of the pandemic, but aren’t you glad that you and your loved ones are safe, albeit not together? (Read: 2 Simple Ways to Remain Grateful Despite the Chaos)
Instead of sulking at the isolation (which can heighten the loneliness TBH), turn your home into a spa and try your hand at some DIY treatments like sugar lip scrub, homemade coffee mask, or a repairing hair mask. Your body and mind will thank you later.
Christmas in Isolation: Savor What You Want to Skip Over the Holidays
While you might miss Noche Buena’s fruit salad and lechon, there are also plenty of things you might be happy to skip— like forcing a smile when you hear that comment from your tita about how you’re “getting fatter” these days, or hearing your drunk tito go on over and over again about some government conspiracy theory.
Savor the alone time and smile knowing the people whose comments and opinions matter to you are just a phone call away.
Christmas in Isolation: Cook Your Favorite Dish as a Kid
If you’re the type to treat your friends and family to a hearty meal or you loved playing hostess as a kid (just like Monica from FRIENDS), you know for a fact that you can whip up a mean dish. So why not take this time to make your favorite dish— mac and cheese with lots of hot sauce, anyone?— and eat all of it? (Read: The Filipino Comfort Food: Sisig, Its History, And Its Variants)
Hey, you don’t have to share with anyone because you’re alone… and no one will judge you for it if you prefer to eat it out of the casserole, right? Indulge.