Whether it's by choice or you're self-isolating, here's how to make the most of a solo Christmas

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  • Solo Christmas' are more common than you might think.
  • People spend Christmas alone for a number of reasons from living far from relatives to preference.
  • The holidays are useful for resting before tackling the new year, so why not put your feet up and enjoy.

There are many reasons why people spend the holidays alone, it can range from living far from relatives, having to work or simply not being a Christmas fanatic. This year, however, Christmas will be different due to the pandemic and people who are socially isolating may find themselves having a solo Christmas as well. 

If you’re looking for ways to celebrate this festive while maintaining the spirit of solitude, look no further than these eight ideas of enjoying a solo Christmas.

Decorate your space

It’s amazing how much a few lights and foliage can transform a space. Get a set of fairy lights and holiday wreath to add a touch of festivity. If you can go all out, nothing says Happy Christmas like an embellished tree surrounded by wrapped gifts.  

Plan exciting meals and treats

For many, Christmas Day is all about eating good food. Treat yourself with wholesome homemade Christmas meals – try something new with a festive charcuterie board or a holiday dessert you haven’t tried before. Then set the table, light some candles and bon appétit. 

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Do your hair and makeup

We’ve heard a lot about how getting dressed every morning boosts morale when spending your days at home, so don’t hold back your pampering and grooming routine for Christmas. Get an at-home manicure, do a cute hairstyle and bust out a holiday makeup look if that’s your vibe.

Organise some outfits 

Putting together special outfits for the holidays can be a much-needed booster. You can throw in Christmas pj's and Christmas socks to take the festivities to dreamland.

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Call a loved one

Keeping in touch with friends or family who have a positive impact on your mental and emotional wellbeing can help add festive cheer to your solo Christmas. 

Listen to Christmas music or make a playlist 

Music streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music have several Christmas playlists from all-time-favourite Mariah Carey to Christmas classics to new-age with Ariana Grande. You can, of course, create your own to suit your taste.

Go see Christmas lights

In South Africa, major cities usually display elaborate Christmas lights for public viewing. Places like Cape Town City Centre, Port Elizabeth Summerstrand beach, Johannesburg Melrose Arch and Durban Botanic Gardens show annual Christmas lights. 

Watch holiday movies you love

The holidays are meant for rest and recharging before tackling the new year. So why not put your feet up and enjoy some holiday movies. 

Happy Holidays!

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