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5 Tips for Getting into the Christmas Spirit in Times of Social Distancing

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Can you already hear the ’the Christmas bells a’ringing and people carols a’singing’?  No? Well, no wonder… This year, everything is rather different than in the years before, and this also applies to the lead up to Christmas. There are no Christmas markets where you can sip mulled wine and punch until you hear the angels sing hallelujah, no Christmas parties (at least you can’t embarrass yourself at your Christmas office party, so that’s a plus!), and you’re not able to meet all your friends in person to wish them a merry Christmas season.

But don’t let it get you down! There are still a ton of options to get some serious Christmas vibes in times of social distancing. We have gathered 5 tips for you on how to make use of the most contemplative time of the year, and how to get into the Christmas spirit in the blink of an eye.

Go on a Christmas lights walk

Yes, we know we always want to motivate you to go outside, even during these cold and dark winter days. However, while the days might still be cold, they’re currently not dark at all – the whole city shines and glitters with beautiful Christmas lights! So what are you waiting for? Grab your hot drink of choice and wander around the city marveling at the spectacular lights. It’s hard to not feel Christmassy in the glow of this radiant decoration. If you’re looking for inspiration on where to go, head over to our Instagram @cultural_places and check out our story highlight “Xmas Lights”, where we show you our favorite Christmas lights in Graz and Vienna.

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Wow, the beautiful Christmas lights outside will get you into the Christmas spirit in no time!

Decorate your home

Now that you’ve seen the amazing Christmas lights outside, why not bring them inside your own four walls? Get yourself some fairy lights and enjoy their soothing, dimmed light in the comfort of your own home. To make your apartment even cozier, we also recommend scented candles. With the smell of cinnamon, gingerbread, or vanilla, Christmas is all of a sudden even closer. When it comes to decorating your home, there are no limits to your creativity. It doesn’t matter if you have brightly decorated your Christmas tree and hung kitschy angels and Santas everywhere, or if you prefer a more rustic style with a lot of dried fruits and pine branches, the main thing is that you feel comfortable and enjoy your festive decoration.

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Decorate your home and feel Christmassy in your own four walls! (cc) jedynytakidomek

Listen, watch & read Christmas

The next tip is a real evergreen, but it works every time to get into the Christmas spirit. Listen to your favorite Christmas playlist (if it does or does not include “Last Christmas” by Wham! is a question you must answer for yourselves), watch a Christmas movie, or reach for a book and dive into a Christmas story. If you don’t have enough time to read a full book in December, you can try some short stories instead. Here’s our selection of short stories to choose from – happy reading!

Baking cookies and making punch

What would the pre-Christmas period be without delicious cookies, gingerbread, punch, and mulled wine? Right, simply not the same. Maybe you can use your time spent at home this year to make some of the goodies you usually buy elsewhere yourself? We have gathered some recipes for you to work on your baking skills and prepare delicious cookies. Moreover, we did some more research to help you make your own punch (did you ever have a sparkling wine mojito punch before?!) or mulled wine, so take on the challenge and see if you’re able to create a Christmas potion!

For the lazier ones among you, we get it that we couldn’t convince you to immerse yourself in baking. If you still want to enjoy Christmas cookies, go support your local businesses and buy some Christmas goodies at your local bakery. They will definitely appreciate your support!

Yum! Mulled wine, especially when it’s cold outside, is so delicious! (cc) simplysatu

DIY ideas

You don’t always have to spend tons of money on Christmas gifts. Gifts that come straight from the heart are even more precious, so try to personalize gifts whenever you can. What about surprising your loved ones with a photo album? There are many useful services out there that help you to create a personalized photo book in a few simple steps.
If you’re an artsy person, you can of course create gifts by yourself! The ideas for DIY gifts are endless, so we have gathered some inspiration for that. What about personalizing a mirror with duct tape or crafting some glitter mugs?
Furthermore, you can also avoid additional waste and create your own gift wraps for eco-friendly packaging. There are so many cool ideas out there! We will definitely try out some of them, such as using old newspapers, boxes of cereal, or even old scarves.
Another idea for a personal gift is to do it the old school way and write Christmas cards by hand this year. Receiving an actual letter is much more personal than just receiving a text message and clearly shows consideration and effort.

Why not reduce waste and create gift wraps by yourself? (cc) woodlark

We hope we could at least get you into the Christmas spirit a little bit in this crazy year and give you some ideas on how to shorten the pre-Christmas period. If you are looking for more ideas how to sweeten up the time spent indoors, check out our blog post on cozy activities for being at home.

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