10 Winter Staycation Ideas for Your Holiday Break
2020 has not been a stellar year for travel, to say the least, and with lockdowns on repeat across the country we've resigned to the fact that it's home for the holidays this year. And that's totally OK. We love the slow pace we're forced to embrace this year and closing out 2020 with a short work break is the perfect time to enjoy what makes being home pretty magical. Happy holidays y'all!
Explore the Christmas lights in town. The pandemic hasn't taken away our holiday spirit, that's for sure. Every town has that block of Griswold-y neighbors. Grab your Santa hats and go cruising for all the 'Grammable holiday lights!
Turn your home into a holiday theater. Theaters are closed for all those holiday blockbusters but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy the comfort of movie nights (and days?) at home. Grab all the pillows and blankets, turn out the lights (save for xmas lights), pop some corn, and hit Play. Some of our holiday favorites: Elf, Love Actually and The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Make a hot chocolate bar for two. Whether you're sheltering with your S.O, a roommate, family, or even if you're living alone during the pandemic, Christmas music and hot chocolate is the self-care we all need right now. Fixing ideas: marshmallows, whipped cream, cinnamon, sprinkles, peppermint, shaved chocolate, booze, and cayenne to spice things up!
Go for a winter hike. There are so many mental and physical benefits to hiking that it's become our favorite winter exercise. Close out one of the most stressful years for many of us with a mindful walk in the woods. Bonus points for exploring a new trail!
Support a local shop. We all want to see our communities intact when this is all over. Order takeout from your fave restaurant, shop at your local bookstore (even if curbside is the only option) and shop last-minute gifts by giving your favorite small business some love this season.
Practice gratitude. Nancy Davis Kho, author of The Thank You Project: Cultivating Happiness One Letter of Gratitude at a Time, shares the science-backed reason for why and how to write a letter of gratitude to the people you love and like.
Plant an indoor herb garden. Growing your own personal herb garden is easy no matter where you live this time of year. Find a sunny spot, ideally your kitchen, and plant basil, mint, oregano and more so you can add some homegrown goodness to your next meal or drink.
Spruce up your space. Whether you want to add a pop of cheery color with Pantone's Color of the Year or take one of Brit + Co's online creative classes for just $10/month unlimited, now's the time to give your home and your creative spirit a little TLC.
Catch up on your reading. 'Tis the season to slow down and enjoy a good read, away from your phone. Check out these pages turners for book lovers or if you're on the road catch up on your favorite podcast and learn something new!
What are your winter staycation plans this season? Share with us @BritandCo!
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Theresa Gonzalez is a content creator based in San Francisco and the author of Sunday Sews. She's a lover of all things design and spends most of her days momming her little one Matilda.