The holiday season can be a time of togetherness and loneliness. Maybe you’re like me, with family spread across the US. It can feel lonely to be apart from loved ones, but we’ve found ways to connect. I’ve got three recommendations for connecting with loved ones this holiday season.
#1 Connect in creative ways
Find ways to connect with your people. Every year Hallmark gifts us with more Christmas movies than we know what to do with. I love reviewing the movie list with my sister and mom, judging the movies based solely on titles. Some of our categories include best movie, worst movie, cheesiest movie, cleverest plot, and the movie you turn off before it’s finished. Even if you’re far away from family, you can choose a cheesy Hallmark Christmas movie to watch and then discuss your review via video chat. Hallmark movies may not be your thing, but how can you connect with those you love in creative ways?
#2 Make connection simple
The holiday season is a crazy time of year and if you’re not careful it can become stressful. Find simple ways to connect that prioritize time together (even via technology) over elaborate plans. Check out these ideas:
Try a new recipe a week and report back to your people how it went
Work on the same craft and discuss what is going well and what challenges you are facing
Join or start a book club where you can discuss a shared read
Learn a new dance and try to do it together– virtually or in person
Go on a walk “together.” This can be walking side by side, or you can plan a time to both be walking, wherever you may be, and chat on the phone
Try to draw something new and send pictures of the final product
Order dinner at the same time and jump on a call while you eat
#3 Connect in your community
There are limitless options to connect with others. Find what works for you. Now, maybe you have a hard time finding your people to connect with. Check out these ideas for finding your people:
Connect with neighbors
Volunteer for an organization that interests you
Attend a church congregation
Sign up for a class in your community
Serve someone/Accept service from someone
Get a pen pal
Invite people over for dessert and games (someone has to be the inviter)
I hope you feel loved and connected this holiday season.