So you’ve found yourself unsure of your Christmas plans. If your current circumstances don’t allow for your usual celebrations, instead of succumbing to stuffing your face with cookies and FaceTiming loved ones across the globe, create new traditions and turn a non-traditional Christmas into a new kind of wonderful.
1. Come one, come all! Surround yourself with an eclectic group of people
As sad as you might be about missing the big family reunion, you’ll soon realise that this might just be a blessing in disguise. No more impossible-to-answer questions about your career and love life from grandma, force-feeding by dad or stepping on your little cousin’s Lego – this Christmas is all about you. Surround yourself with an eclectic group of people who wouldn’t otherwise interact. Reach out to old friends, make new friends, invite neighbours, or simply someone you think could otherwise be spending it solo. Celebrate in the least traditional way possible and cement unexpected bonds with people whose company you truly enjoy. You know what they say: you can’t choose your family, but you can choose your friends!
2. Location, location, location! Select a neutral spot
If you’ve ever hosted a holiday feast, you’ll be all too familiar with the dreaded post-Christmas clean up. From piles of dishes to footprint-covered floors, the host’s home is always in need of a major scrubbing. This year, instead of feeling the brunt of host’s remorse, why not select a neutral spot for your celebration? Scout out the perfect local park, beach or BBQ area, liven it up with fairy lights and enjoy the perks of a mess-free meal. We’re talking paper plates, picnic rugs and fresh air - what could be better?
3. Food for thought: everyone brings a dish
Nothing beats a classic roast turkey at Christmas, but just like the location, why should one friend bear the load when it comes to catering? Preparing a meal of this magnitude can be stressful to say the least. Take the obligation out of the equation and invite every guest to bring a plate. Not only will this avoid hours in the kitchen, with any luck, your table will be brimming with multicultural delights. Each invitee will have something special to bring to the table. Whether that be chilli and garlic prawns, orange-glazed veggies or an Italian donut cake, you’re sure to fall head over heels for the unprecedented variety.
4. Game on! Add a little excitement to the entertainment
Forget unsatisfying Christmas crackers complete with floppy paper crowns, Christmas spent with friends calls for games of another variety! Think Cards Against Humanity, poker, karaoke and charades. Get everyone involved and make memories you’re unlikely to forget for years to come. On the subject of games, why not incorporate gift giving into the mix? Save on shopping by opting for a Secret Santa-style arrangement and watch your friends’ faces light up as they unwrap well-thought-out gifts they’ll truly cherish.
5. ‘Tis the season of giving: do something meaningful this Christmas
Create some good Karma and do something meaningful this Christmas. Purchase an extra gift, donate some clothes or canned food, or volunteer your time at your local charity. A simple act of kindness can make someone’s holiday all the happier – don’t underestimate the impact of giving. Make good use of your family-free time and help others have the Christmas of their dreams - one look at their smiles and you won’t be sorry!
For more Christmas inspiration, or to get involved with our partnership with Mission Australia, visit stockland.com.au/christmas