Celebrating the holidays means something different for everyone. For some, it’s spending time with family. And for others it’s keeping traditions alive. If you’re newly single, it could mean finding a new family and establishing traditions of your own. A combination of old and new favorites when it comes to music, recipes and decor can make the holidays feel a lot less lonely. Here’s how to celebrate the holidays whether you’re newly single or calling a new city home.
For music, it might mean starting with some fall-winter favorites. It’s officially sweater weather and I can think of a few artists whose albums, singles and cover art blessed us with undeniable fall-winter vibes. I’m talking about Angie Stone, Carl Thomas, Prince & the like. Maybe you’ll find your favorites and create your own playlist! Just in case you don’t know where to start, here’s one created by one of our very own Temple Indigo staff.
Food always brings back memories so it may be time for you to figure out how to make your favorite dishes – if you haven’t already! Just because you’re no longer living at home (with family) or won’t be able to see your family due to COVID doesn’t mean that you can’t make phone calls. Check-in with your granny, your aunties, your mom and get those recipes while you’re at it. This Divas Can Cook version of Southern, Baked Macaroni & Cheese is really similar to my grandmother’s which I must say is the absolute best that I’ve ever had. I’ll definitely be baking a batch of my own!
Similar to sound and scent, visuals have a way of enhancing a setting. Decor has the power to not only set the tone, but to set your mood. If you’re a visual person, in the slightest, you’ll want to get started on collecting those cherished items that made your home feel holiday-ready. That may be draping garland or hanging mistletoe along your doorframe. It could also be finding those ornaments that remind you of your childhood. Don’t be afraid to mix it up whether that’s finding new items to incorporate or finding new ways to incorporate old ones.
Ultimately, it’s about you right now. You made moves literally and figuratively to put yourself in a better place…a place that puts you closer to becoming more of yourself and achieving your goals. Fun can be had while you grind and reminding yourself of where you came from and what you’ve come to love in the process makes it all that much more meaningful. Celebrate the holidays AND celebrate yourself – you deserve it!
How have you planned to celebrate the holidays this year? Let us know in the comments below!