I’m not a huge fan of Christmas, probably because I’m an only child without an extended family and then at a young age a single-parent family. Not to mention I grew up in a sunny country where that “cozy Christmas cheer” you find in the northern hemisphere just didn’t catch on.
These days I spend Christmas home alone as my mother, who is my only family, works over Christmas. It doesn’t bother me really, all the more food, drink and dessert for me I say! However after a number of times spending Christmas alone, I have devised a number of ways to keep myself, and you, if you’re also going to be alone at Christmas, entertained during the annual down time.
1. Acquire Fur Children
“Man can not live on bread alone” so the saying goes. We all need cuddle buddies and I for one need my furry cuddle buddy (or has he just got me expertly trained…?). If you don’t already have a furry friend to keep you company and feed your Christmas scraps to, consider adopting (I promise you won’t regret it!) or fostering for a few weeks. At least someone will be there to listen to you sing loudly and drunkenly along to your favourite Christmas music!
2. Put on old-timey Christmas carol playlists on YouTube while you cook/diy/sample new drink
Yes, there are entire playlists of the Rat Pack singing Christmas carols and frankly nothing feels like Christmas until I hear these lovely old songs.
3. Eat [And Drink] All The Things
It has become somewhat of a tradition with my mom and I to drown in Baileys Irish Cream and over indulge on Fox’s Favourites biscuits over Christmas. Real food is secondary. I can assure you that I will be eating all the things. Now’s a good time to discover new wines and obscure liquor, like dessert wines. Mmmm port… I’ve actually already started on the port and today’s date is the 13th December… You could also learn how to make cocktails – I have an extensive list of cocktails to try your hand at making in my Pinterest board “Pour It Up“.
4. Cook a xmas dinner for a family and spend the rest of December eating it
I like to cook a leg of lamb over a tray of roasting potatoes with all the trimmings and I can tell you this can last me at least 3 days of meals! My favourite way to cook the lamb is to dress it with olive oil, chopped chilli and garlic, fresh thyme, lemon pepper and lemon juice – I promise you, the lemon gives it such a wonderful flavour!
5. Stack The Cabinet With DVD’s A Plenty
I’m not the biggest fan of Christmas, Halloween is more my scene, so I don’t have a favourite Christmas movie and I’m sure the TV (which I don’t watch anyway) will have plenty that they will be regurgitating. I would rather watch my favourite old movies like How to Marry a Millionaire, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, High Society and Mae West movies She Done Him Wrong, I’m No Angel and My Little Chickadee.
6. Take on some DIY projects
7. Edit your wardrobe and clear out under the stairs, then donate your clothes and unwanted stuff
Now is probably the only time you can make this a fun task by putting on your favourite Christmas music or movie, opening a newly discovered wine or muscat and getting stuck in while the lamb roasts in the oven 😉
And there you have it! My lovely list of ways to keep yourself occupied this Christmas if you’ll be on your own. From my home to yours, Happy Holidays!