How to Survive... The Holiday Season

By Nicole Chia 2021-12-28 17:08:50

The holiday season is a great time to celebrate family and friends, a time to kick back and enjoy a bit of festive cheer, or a chance to get out of town and visit home or somewhere hot and sunny! Some may find this time stressful or lonely, some people may look forward to it so much they’ve been celebrating since October. But if you’re the kind of person that needs a little help to make it through this holiday season, here are some tips to help you survive!

There are two ways to tackle holiday shopping; be an early bird and get all of your shopping out of the way well before anyone even whispers 1st of December to you, or do all of your shopping three days before Christmas and hand Taobao boxes directly from the courier into the hands of your loved ones. When all else fails, there is nothing wrong with gas-lighting your family into still believing it’s the 24th to buy yourself one more day to run to the mall or the market, scoop up anything you happen to find and wrap it in plastic Carrefour bags you find in the car on your way home. The point is: you put in effort.

Sometimes it’s the little things that make you happy this holiday season and there is no better time to treat yourself. Spa day? Go for it! Special dinner out? Definitely! Or make the whole month fun by creating your own advent calendar! Get something delivered to your house every day for the whole month! Do you like chocolate? There is nothing wrong with opening your door every day to a new chocolate themed item that you’ve ordered to your door. Or fancy yourself a wine connoisseur? Who said you can’t have a wine bottle delivery daily? You’re an adult you can do what you want, you’re not an alcoholic, you’re celebrating!

Forget everything and go full Grinch! Listen, just because everyone else feels that the holidays should be full of cheer doesn’t mean that you have to! There is no shame in buying all the DVD boxsets you can, hiding under the covers with Eleme takeaway and ignoring the holiday season all together. Winter fair? No thanks! Christmas market? You’d rather not! New Year’s drinks? You’re not convinced 2022 is gonna be that great and we all know you have no intention of keeping your New Year’s resolutions. You can bah-humbug your way until Chinese New Year if you’re motivated enough and no one will judge you. It’s been a hard year, celebrate it however you want!

Whether you want to go over the top for your kids, go low-key and simple with just your immediate loved ones, plan a big trip to somewhere sunny, or a simple staycation somewhere new or close; the point is that you spend your holidays the way that you want! But no matter what you do, make sure that you take some time off to breathe and enjoy whatever way you choose to spend your holidays. Even better if you’re surrounded by a whole month of wine delivery!

Christmas isn’t about presents, it’s about family and friends and the love you feel when you’re together; not about presents that Mummy, I mean, Santa, forgot to put under the tree.