It’s hard to believe that the season of gingerbread houses, candy canes, and binge-watching Hallmark holiday movies has arrived. While 2020 has certainly thrown a wrench in what’s considered “normal” for the holiday season, staying safe and practicing social distancing can lead to some creative new traditions! Here are some must-haves to help you embrace the holiday spirit and create new joyful memories.
A long-distance movie marathon.
The weather outside may be frightful but snuggling up on the couch for movie night is so delightful. With tools like Scener or Netflix’s Teleparty, you can stream with your pals in synchronized, real time. Even if you’re ‘home alone’, you can still enjoy some age-old classicswith loved ones. Simply cue up a holiday flick like A Christmas Carol, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Home Alone or Elf, and invite your far-away friends and family to join the festivities with you.
An excuse to eat, drink and be merry.
While bustling holiday parties may be a no-go this year, you can still fill your social calendar with laughter and festive treats by hosting a virtual “sip-in-place” wine tasting event with friends. Raise a toast to the season, prepare your own cheese and charcuterie board and pop a few bottles – all with the help of The Urban Grape, who will host a fun-filled remote tasting party. You can also leverage services like Wine.com and pre-order a palate-pleasing selection of bottles that you can swirl and savor with an expert who will join your crew via video for the celebration.
A scent-sational winter wonderland.
Challenge yourself to get crafty and create an indoor holiday-scape that pleases all the senses. Nothing says ‘holiday’ like warm and woodsy scents, like the one we created especially for our Walk in the Woods Candle. Pair comforting scents with visual treats from vibrant colors to reindeer, wreaths and garlands. While you’re decorating, toss on some holiday tunes. And once you’re finished beautifying your space with gnome-themed pillows, boxes of ornaments and picturesque décor, treat your tastebuds to some warm home-baked cookies and eggnog!
Meaningful (or laughable) greetings.
Without the typical hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we’re psyched to have more time to dig deep and create thoughtful messages for friends, family and loved ones. The video greetings from JibJab are endlessly customizable and range from sweet and funny to downright absurd. It’s easy to upload your face (and your friends’ faces) into the ecards, and there are tons of classic songs and inside-joke-worthy videos to choose from. If you’re the silly song-and-dance type, this should be your first stop!
One of the best things about the holidays (besides the scrumptious food and excitement of gift giving)? Red lips any time of day! Start by lining and filling in your lips with our Enduring Lip Liner in True Red, then top it with our kiss-proof Enduring Lip Color in Cherry Pie. Make the look your own by experimenting with different shades of Perfect Lip Gloss on top! Let your ruby-stained lips shine by leaving the rest of your face neutral, or go with a sultry smokey eye for a chic, all-eyes-on-me style.
There are so many ways to inject a little fa la la spirit into the holidays this year. Is there something special you have planned with friends or family to celebrate the season? Share with us in the comments below!