No matter what tier you're in, we promise you there's still ways to have fun this festive season
If we take anything from 2020, it’s how to keep ourselves amused when confined to the same four walls. Yep, it’s officially been the year of staying at home, and although good news of the Covid vaccines is reassuring us that there is light at the end of the tunnel, we’re not out the woods just yet. Undoubtedly, Christmas is going to be a bit different for everyone this year. And usually, when we have days of annual leave, we stuff them full of plenty of plans and people to catch up with. However, with different tier restrictions, the furlough scheme being extended to April 2021, possible isolation periods and the chance to see friends and family as you once pleased firmly keeping us at home, we’re going to have to find other ways to keep our festive spirits high. But, we hope you’ll see there’s still plenty ways to make merry, stay positive and have a good time this Christmas.
1.Tend to your plant family
Well, obviously this was always going to be number one on our list! With so much time on our hands, this is perfect way to show your green friends some love. Perhaps, you will finally arrange a pebble tray to ensure your tropical plants get the humidity they need, or sit down and prune away any dead leaves – whatever your botanical beauties need. Alternatively, if you’re after a way to get your creative juices flowing, we’d recommend making your own terrarium. Our kit, has everything you need to get started from soil materials (stone gravel, active charcoal and two types of sand), along with a gorgeous eco glass jar to home your future terrarium. You just need to create your own miniature landscape and add your favourite plant pals. That’ll certainly kill a few hours in between no man’s land, otherwise known as the days between Christmas and new year’s eve.
2. Go for a walk
It’s fair to say we have all laced up our trainers and gone outside for a good walk this year. In fact, during lockdowns, this kept a lot of us sane when gyms were shut and all we wanted was to blow away the cobwebs and get the blood pumping. After the indulgence of all the festive food, sometimes a walk gets rid of that sluggish feeling. Not to mention, it’s a great chance to get some vitamin D, too. And as plant lovers, nature will always have a special place in our hearts, so instead of scrolling for miles with your thumb, walk for miles on your feet. Your mind and body will thank you for it.
3. Create a relaxing playlist
Peace, tranquillity and good vibes – that’s all we need for 2021, and with the right playlist, you’re pretty much halfway there. Spend a morning carefully curating a list of calming tracks that make you feel a bit more grounded in this crazy world. Plus, your plants will probably thank you for this, too – as many studies suggest music will help them to grow. We’ve heard that they’re partial to jazz and classical music genres.
4. Journal and write out some goals
This is probably something many of us do in between Christmas and new year anyway, but after the somewhat rocky year 2020 has been, it’s more important to reflect and take stock on all you have achieved. We bet it’s more than you realise! Write down what you’re grateful for, take lessons from the bad and set yourself ambitions to strive for come 2021.
5. Cook up a storm
Christmas is undoubtedly a time for food – and as there’s no pressure to cook a meal for your entire family this year – instead just your immediate household, why not make the most and experiment a little? Some plants make for delicious food, too (not that we’re suggesting you chop and fry your Kentia Palm!), but this could be a great time to experiment with veganism and veggie recipes, especially with Veganuary around the corner.
However you spend the festive period, just know this – tough times don’t last and the best, is always, yet to come.