Wherever you are in the world (or country) Christmas is going to be different this year. There won’t be as much going out or celebrating with large groups of friends and family but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun, relaxation, close family time and a short break from all that’s going on. Oh yeah, and food, chocolate, sweets, mince pies, presents and all the usual festive indulgences. Bring it on!
Here at Luckies HQ (metaphorically speaking as we’ve been working from home since March!) we’ve been thinking about things we can do slightly differently this year to keep the vibes positive rather than focussing on the negative. We’ve shared them with each other and we thought we’d share a few with you in the hope you’ll find a little inspiration.
(yes, there are some Luckies products included below but this isn’t really a sales pitch, we just happened to have some samples to hand!)
‘Rule’ Number One
We think the most important thing is try not to stress or feel guilty about things you can’t do or people you can’t see this Christmas. It’s not your fault if restrictions are preventing you from seeing family and friends. It’s tough, but we are where we are and the most important thing is to keep people safe and make the most of the things we can do. This isn’t going to last forever, look ahead to times (hopefully soon) where you’ll be able to see all of those people you care about. You could alway have a fake Christmas in April, why not?!
One of the best ways to focus on the good and take your mind off the bad is to do something creative – either on your own or with others. You can be creative on a budget; grab some glue and scissors and make a collage out of leftover wrapping paper and discarded gift boxes. Make a sculpture out of cocktail sticks and vegetable offcuts when Christmas dinner is being prepared. Get creative about doing something creative.
Our Screen Printing Kit has arrived just in time for Xmas. Developed with our friends, and screen printing experts Print Club London, the kit is perfect for beginners and includes everything you need (including easy to follow instructions) to start printing your own t-shirts, sweaters, tote bags, patches, underpants (?) and more.
If too much ‘lockdown snacking’ means last year’s Chistmas jumper is suddenly too small, grab something that still fits and whip yourself up a festive home-made sweater. I’m planning on making a t-shirt with ‘Good Riddance 2020’ emblazoned on the front!
Keep it Healthy
If there’s ever a time for over-indulgence, it’s Christmas. Not to be a buzz kill but if you want to feel a little better over Christmas, try and balance the sugar and alcohol with some good stuff. You know you’re going to pay for a night on the tiles (in your front room) the next morning. If you’re anything like me you’ll spend Christmas morning stuffing your face full of chocolate. then just before you sit down for Christmas dinner you’ll have a badly timed sugar crash.
If you want to feel like you’re having a cocktail but don’t want the inevitable hangover why not make every other drink a mocktail (that’s a ‘non-alcoholic drink consisting of a mixture of fruit juices or other soft drinks’ for the uninitiated). We’ve got a couple of kits to help you with this – our Calm Club Mocktail Faking Kit and Instant Happy Hour from Iron & Glory (for ‘real’ cocktails, but you can always substitute the booze). Both include recipe cards or you can go here for more inspiration.
Also – get out there for walks and other ways of getting some fresh air and exercise (even if you’re resticted to one hour a day). Perhaps you can meet up with friends for some socially distanced outdoor activities? Don’t stay indoors too much or the cabin fever may creep up on you!
If you can’t see Nan this Christmas, why not set up a video call and get her involved in a game of charades or Pictionary? She may have no idea what the latest smash hit on Netflix is but she’ll have fun just joining in.
Puzzles have been bigger than ever this year due to more indoor time than usual. Luckily we’ve got plenty to choose from including a series of Artist Edition Puzzles we did with some actual, real (and very talented) artists. You could set yourself a Christmas challenge to see how quick you can get the last piece in place or can take it slow and easy, dipping in and out when you suddenly realise you’ve watched 7 hours of TV straight and you’re brain needs something a bit more nourishing.
Jigsaws can be done solo or as a joint venture, or you could organise a competition with friends or family you’re unable to see – both get the same puzzle, set the start time and date and see who can finish that 500 piece-er first (or perhaps, who’s got the most done after 3 hours?!)
Good old R’n’R
(That’s rest ‘n’ relaxation not rock ‘n’ roll)
Christmas is about getting as much rest and relaxation as possible (in and around cooking, looking after the family, wrapping presents, tidying up, maybe even going to work if you’re unlucky) so make sure you do this as much as possible to counteract the inevitable stress. Everyone has their own way of relaxing (reading, watching a movie, drawing, having a snooze) but sometimes you need a little help and inspiration.
Calm Club is our range of products aimed at helping you achieve a state of (yep, you guessed it) calm. Stap yourself in for a Big Night In (there’ll be a few of those over this Christmas) with a patchouli scented soy wax candle, wool socks, padded sleep mask, stoneware mug and mindfulness puzzle. If that doesn’t sound calming perhaps Wax & Wick, our candle making kit will do the trick. You don’t have to sit there doing nothing to relax!
Travel will be back on the agenda at some point, so instead of dwelling on the current restrictions, start planning where your next adventure is going to take you. It doesn’t have to be The Bahamas, could be closer to home. Give yourself a little break from the winter lockdown and dream about sitting on a beach in Cancún or Cornwall (which is as beautiful as anywhere on a sunny day).
If you need some inspiration (always part of the thinking behind our products) grab yourself a Scratch Map, spend the first couple of hours scratching off and reminiscing about the places you’ve already visited, then start planning ‘where to next?’.
Of course it doesn’t just have to be travel plans. The end of the year is always a good time to think about the future generally, think positive and start planning what you want to do and achieve next year. Forget new year’s resolution (they’re kind of pointless) – set yourself some life goals, no matter how big or small.
Take a Break
Keeping yourself informed on what’s going on and what the current rules around COVID are is one thing, watching TV news 8 times and day in between staring at social media is another!
We’ve decided to spend as little time as possible doing both of these things over Christmas, instead doing some or all of the things above (not sure about the scrap vegetable sculptures but we’ll see). Looking at everyone’s Instagram and Facebook feeds might give you the impression that they’re all having an amazing Christmas and you’re not, but we all know that’s what social media is supposed to do. Concentrate on making the most of the what you’re doing with those people you can be with, rather than comparing yourself to others.
We hope you’ll join us in trying some of the suggestions above to make this Christmas as enjoyable as possible, under the circumstances. Whatever you do, we hope you have a healthy and merry one.