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50 Ideas on How To Spend the Holidays Alone Without Losing the Christmas Spirit

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It’s a holiday night, you’re alone, and you’re bored, right? (Or maybe you just got curious and clicked on the link at work – but let’s imagine.)

Then let me invite you for a quick game that’ll help you with plans for the evening! Are you in?

Down below you’ll find a total of 50 different ideas for entertaining yourself. There are movies, books, games, DIY crafts, and just regular self-care ideas, everything on a winter/holiday theme of course.

I also left little notes about what you’ll need under every point. Some will require only a piece of paper – but for others you may need to make a purchase beforehand. I tried to keep this post as at-home-friendly as possible, but you know, maybe you don’t have even a little pack of hot chocolate deep inside your pantry?

Now it’s time to introduce the game. Which is as simple as it could be. Just pick a number and go with it!

If the activity you picked doesn’t work you, try the next one – or with another number. The list is all mixed up so you definitely won’t end up with the same idea.

Alright, I think we’re all set? Let’s begin!

Related: Winter Bucket List for Introverts: 21 Items to Cross Off While Social Distancing

     1) Home Alone

Of course, I had to start with this one. Whether you hate it or love it, spending a couple of hours with Kevin is a must for winter holidays!

Time: 1h 45min

What You Need: screen, snacks, and Home Alone (1990) [aff.]

     2) Paper Snowflakes

It’s an amazing way to spend time and decorate your house, apartment, or a dorm room. And all you need is a piece of paper and scissors!

Time: 3 min – 2 h

What You Need: paper, scissors (no rock), instructions

     3) The Father Christmas Letters

I bet you heard of J.R.R.Tolkien – but have you read this book of his? A series of letters from Father Christmas himself, who wouldn’t like it!

Time: 2 h

What You Need: “The Father Christmas Letters” by J. R. R. Tolkien – Kindle [aff.]

     4) Take a Bath

It can be a regular one – just soak and relax. But try adding a bit of flavor! Maybe, a couple of candles, essential oils, bath bomb and a good playlist to set the mood?

Time: 10 min – 1 h

What You Need: bathtub and water; optional – candles, bath oils, bath bombs, bath salts

     5) Frozen

What can be a better way to bring your childlike excitement about holidays than the most popular animation movie of 2010s! Does anyone want to build a snowman?

Time: 1h 50min

What You Need: screen, snacks, and Frozen (2013) [aff.]

     6) Complete a Jigsaw Puzzle

Who doesn’t like jigsaw puzzles? It’s an amazing way to have fun on your own – and in result you get something beautiful. And an immense sense of pride!

Time: 15 min – 5 h

What You Need: grab a pack of jigsaw puzzles on Amazon [aff.], or try an online service like this one

     7) Make a Special Hot Drink

Winter days aren’t going to end anytime soon. Warm up with a Christmas flavored hot chocolate, spiced tea mix, or a glass of something sweeter and stronger!

Time: 5 min – 1 h

What You Need: depends on the recipe (check some interesting ideas here and here)

     8) The Polar Express

It’s time to revive your belief in Santa Claus with another Christmas classic! Are you ready to travel all the way to the North Pole with Tom Hanks himself?

Time: 1h 40min

What You Need: screen, snacks, and The Polar Express (2004) [aff.]

     9) Draw Winter Doodles

One of my favorite ways to relax and enjoy a couple of hours alone is to draw (or color) while listening to my favorite music. Try it – and you’ll get hooked as well!

Time: 20 min – 2 h

What You Need: journal or a piece of paper, black pen, markers or coloring pencils; optional – tutorials like this or this one

     10) Summit: The Board Game

I firmly believe every person that likes to be alone (not only introverts, but you know, an honorary mention is due) has to have at least one board game. What can be a better way to spend time alone than trying to survive on a deadly mountain?

Time: 40 min – 3 h

What You Need: Summit: The Board Game (2017) [aff.]

     11) The Holiday

I’m not the biggest fan of romcoms, but sometimes it’s exactly what you need. Especially on Christmas. Especially with such an amazing cast!

Time: 2h 20min

What You Need: screen, snacks, and The Holiday (2006) [aff.]

     12) Make a Bucket List for 2021

I’m sure you have plans and ideas for the upcoming year – why not write it down and keep track of your progress? It doesn’t have to be something big or life-changing (though these count as well). Maybe all you want is to go to a concert or visit an amusement park with a group of friends?

Time: 20 min – 1 h

What You Need: journal or a piece of paper, pen

     13) A Christmas Memory

We all have these Christmas memories from when we were children and little things were a bit more meaningful. Truman Capote decided to share his own childhood through a short but sweet story – check it out!

Time: 1 h

What You Need: “A Christmas Memory” by T. Capote – Kindle [aff.]

     14) Bake Ginger Cookies

I bet you missed that spicy smell of ginger and nutmeg. No Christmas can be left without our favorite crispy cookies. And if you’ve never made one before? Well, all the more reasons to try!

Time: 30 min – 4 h

What You Need: depends on the recipe (check this, this, or this one)

     15) Coloring Pages

Nothing’s more relaxing for me than a few hours spent with markers, coloring pages and good music. You can try it as well, no doubts you’ll like it! And for the holiday spirit choose a Christmas playlist and some winter-themed pictures!

Time: 15 min – 2 h

What You Need: markers or coloring pencils, coloring pages (try here, here, or grab my own coloring pages filled with positive affirmations here.)

     16) Klaus

It’s a fairly new animation movie that’s already on my list of favorites. Beautiful graphics, unusual plot, great characters, and winter atmosphere make it perfect for Christmas holidays! Or maybe thanks to Santa Claus himself?

Time: 1h 40min

What You Need: screen, snacks, and Klaus (2019)

     17) Lost Constellation

If you ended up here, congratulations, you hit the jackpot! Of course, if you enjoy computer games. I’m not a big fan, but this one is my favorite. It’s short and simple, with beautiful design and interesting plot, something that won’t take much of your time but will leave you with a magical aftertaste.

And it’s free!

Sounds too good to be true, I know, but it was created as a supplement for the main game (3 years before its release). Developers were showing off their skills and let me tell you, they did a great job with that one.

Time: 3 – 5 h

What You Need: PC or laptop, mouse, keyboard, Lost Constellation

     18) Make a Candle

Warm and cozy atmosphere, anyone? You can make a candle for yourself – or take a step further and prepare it as a gift for someone! They won’t have the same one for sure. And if you’ve never made one, well, maybe, it’ll become a new hobby for 2021!

Time: 30 min + 4-5 h to cool down

What You Need: depends on the tutorial you use, but basics include soy wax, candle wicks, fragrance oils and a heat-proof container – or grab a candle making kit on Amazon [aff.]; check more detailed instructions here and more Christmas-y ideas here

     19) A Kidnapped Santa Claus

For sure you know Frank Baum and his stories – “The Wizard of Oz” couldn’t skip past you. But what about his others, not related to the Land of Oz works? Here’s one of them – short but no less magical.

Time: 30 min

What You Need: “A Kidnapped Santa Claus” by L.F. Baum – Kindle [aff.]

     20) Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective

I already wrote an ode to this board game in another post – but it’s never too bad to talk about good things! What Sherlock Holmes has to do with Christmas though? Not much, to be honest. But the game, with its mysterious cases and engaging atmosphere, will be a great companion under your Christmas tree!

Time: 10 min – 10 h

What You Need: Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases [aff.]

     21) It’s a Wonderful Life

Yes, you watched it a billion times already – and that’s why you have to watch it again! Because nothing can beat traditions. And the charm of old movies.

Time: 2h 10min

What You Need: screen, snacks, and It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) [aff.]

     22) Relax Under Christmas Lights

You can meditate, listen to your favorite podcast, read a book, or just stare at the ceiling. Whatever works best for you! Just let the little sparkles enwrap you in the warm light of winter.

Time: 5 min – 2 h

What You Need: quiet room, Christmas lights

     23) Make a Plastic Bottle Penguins

Another DIY idea for you! If you use plastic bottles and have some of the old ones at home, hurry up and craft them into cute little penguins.

Time: 20 min – 1.5 h

What You Need: depends on the tutorial, but the basics include plastic bottle and paint (check for inspiration here or here)

     24) The Nutcracker

Because, no matter what age, we all need a bit of fairy tales and Christmas magic!

Time: 2.5 h

What You Need: “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” by E. T. A. Hoffmann – Kindle [aff.]

     25) Rise of the Guardians

Time to remember when you were a child, right? When all of the magical creatures were so real in your mind. And who knows, maybe they are, but you just can’t see them anymore?

Time: 1h 40min

What You Need: screen, snacks, and Rise of The Guardians (2012) [aff.]

     26) Make Personalized Digital Christmas Cards

It’s a heart-warming tradition – to share the festive mood and sincere greetings through holiday cards. Don’t skip it just because it’s 2021! Now is the best time to use modern conveniences, don’t you think?

Time: 1 – 3 h

What You Need: access to internet, imagination; you can use special card-making sources like this one, Canva, or go with something as simple as Paint or Photoshop

     27) Coffee Roaster

Winter is the perfect time for warm drinks and board games. Why not mix it together? Here’s a great solo board game that may look ridiculously simple – but it’s been gaining popularity exactly because of its relaxing simplicity and mindful beauty!

Time: 10 – 30 min

What You Need: Coffee Roaster [aff.]

     28) Skin Care Night

Because we’re going all out for self-care. Organize a treat for yourself and your body. Relax and immerse in sweet scents and feelings of your skin getting smooth and silky. You deserve it, hun!

Time: 30 min – 3 h

What You Need: depends on your personal skin care routine; here’s something for you to start

     29) The Cricket of the Hearth

Another Christmas story from Dickens that’s maybe not as popular as the Carol but is no less festive and heart-warming!

Time: 3 h

What You Need: “The Cricket on the Hearth: A Fairy Tale of Home” by C. Dickens – Kindle [aff.]

     30) Carol

Not all Christmas movies are magical and fun. Some revolve around real-life stories and relationships that make you look at your life from another perspective. That’s why I decided to add this movie here – it’s a bit less fun but much more real.

Time: 2 h

What You Need: screen, snacks, and Carol (2015) [aff.]

     31) Homemade Tea

How to make this winter night warm, enjoyable and productive? Make your own tea! First, it’s fascinating to search for your perfect cup of tea. Second, you’ll get something unique in result. And finally, you can make a personal gift to any of your loved ones!

Time: 5 min – 30 min

What You Need: depends on the recipe and your taste (go here for basic instructions, and here and here for inspiration)

     32) Never Alone

Another video game on this list that you just can’t skip! It’s a beautiful story of an Alaska Native girl and an arctic fox travelling over Alaska to find the source of winter blizzard. It incorporates stories and drawings of Alaska Native people in a unique and fascinating way that will keep you in awe for hours.

Time: 3 h

What You Need: smartphone, gaming console, PC or laptop, Never Alone

     33) The Nightmare Before Christmas

How could I skip my favorite animation! It’s perfect for holidays, so hurry up and join Jack Skellington on his way to Christmas Town!

Time: 1h 20min

What You Need: screen, snacks, and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) [aff.]

     34) The Fir-Tree

It’s a short Christmas story about, well, a fir-tree and its life. Let’s imagine for a moment that trees can hear, and talk, and feel (and maybe Andersen knew something we don’t?). How do you think, what would a young and anxious fir-tree think?

Time: 30 min

What You Need: “The Fir-Tree” by H.C. Andersen – Kindle [aff.]

     35) List Things You’re Grateful For

2020 is coming to and end, which means it’s time to let go and get ready for the new year ahead. But first, let’s remember everything that happened this year. Yes, it’s easy to think about negatives – but there were good moments, right? Try to warm your memories about 2020 by writing down everything good you met this year.

Time: 15 min – 1 h

What You Need: journal or a piece of paper, pen

     36) Embroidery

No, I’m not from the 19th century, and yes, it’s actually a great hobby. My mom taught me embroidery when I was little, and I can safely say that it’s a great training for your focus, patience and mindfulness. Nothing can make you more present than trying to find the right color for the fifth time.

Time: 30 min – 5 h

What You Need: embroidery hoop, floss, needle, and fabric for starters (or grab a ready-to-go embroidery kit on Amazon [aff.]); go here or here for beginner tutorials, and here for free embroidery patterns

     37) Miracle on 34th Street

It’s Christmas time, which means it’s also time to rewatch good ol’ classics! And you won’t miss the Christmas spirit with that one, surely.

Time: 1h 40min

What You Need: screen, snacks, and Miracle on 34th Street (1947) [aff.]

     38) K2

K2 is the second highest and the most dangerous mountain in the world. What does it have to do with you? Well, because you’ll have to climb it! Not literally, of course. But this board game for sure will make you feel like you’re fighting with the Savage Mountain itself.

Time: 30 – 60 min

What You Need: K2: The Board Game [aff.]

     39) The Greatest Gift

You watched “It’s a Wonderful Life”, right? But have you read it? Yes, the famous movie is based on a story, and here I encourage you to get familiar with it too.

Time: 30 min

What You Need: “The Greatest Gift” by P.V.D. Stern – Kindle [aff.]

     40) Make an Ice Lantern

It’s a very simple but very pretty thing to make! Basically you fill the form with water, let it freeze – and voila, you have your own lantern. And when you put a candle inside? Ah, it looks like something from a fairy tale!

Time: 15 minutes + 8 h to freeze

What You Need: water, two containers, candle and a freezer; for more detailed instructions go here, and for more fancy ones – here

     41) Friends (Christmas episodes)

I’ll be there for you-u! You can’t skip the classics – and I can’t imagine any other series that’s more classical than Friends. Even if you know all the lines by heart, now is the best time to revive your memories!

Time: 3 h

What You Need: screen, snacks, and (oof, here we go) Friends [aff.] s2 ep9, s3 ep10, s4 ep10, s5 ep10, s6 ep10, s7 ep10, s8 ep11, s9 ep10

     42) Declutter

What’s the fun in that, you may ask. Well, I didn’t promise you only fun stuff. But what about spending the day doing something for yourself? You don’t have to reorganize every room, or even one whole room – but just begin. Decluttering is a great way to clean your space and your mind before the new year.

Time: 15 min – 2 h

What You Need: to start! You can find some decluttering and organizing tips here and here

     43) Project Winter

First, it’s an awesome video game. Second, you’ll have to actually communicate with other people (sorry) – but it makes the gaming experience only better! Surviving in wilderness all the while trying to trick each other? Ah, that’s what I call the Christmas spirit!

Time: 20 min – 10 h

What You Need: PC or laptop with Windows, Project Winter

     44) The Chimes

Another novella by Charles Dickens, because what is Christmas without him? Travel to 19th century London and revive your faith in humanity with this Christmas novel of his.

Time: 4 h

What You Need: “The Chimes: A Goblin Story of Some Bells that Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year In” by C. Dickens – Kindle [aff.]

     45) Make a Snow Globe

Even if there’s no snow to be seen, make it yourself! What can be a better representation of winter atmosphere than a small jar with glitter snowing inside?

Time: 15 min – 1 h

What You Need: depends on the tutorial; check the basic one here, and fancier but more complicated ideas here

     46) Bad Santa

Who said all Christmas movies should be straight up positive and nice? Even if it’s the most wonderful time of the year, a bit of real-life troubles and humor will do no harm!

Time: 1h 40min

What You Need: sreen, snacks, and Bad Santa (2003) [aff.]

     47) Onirim

You can read about this board game in detail in another post, but to recap – it’s a card game about walking through the realm of dreams and nightmares. And yes, maybe it’s not the most Christmas game ever, but going through fantasy labyrinth and visiting the chambers of dreams under Christmas lights? Truly magical experience!

Time: 15 min

What You Need: Onirim [aff.]

     48) Diffuse Oils

There are multiple ways to bring Christmas scents into your home – and here’s one of them. Or rather, some of them, because how you gonna diffuse oils depends only on you. Spray, humidifier, homemade burner or reed diffuser? Go with whatever you have (and whatever you like)!

Time: 5 min – 1 h

What You Need: essential oils, everything else depends on your way of diffusing; you can find some DIY ideas here, tutorial for making an oil burner here, or grab an oil diffuser here [aff.]

     49) How the Grinch Stole Christmas

You can find two movie versions of this old Christmas story – the old one from 2000 and the newer one (The Grinch) from 2018. You can go with whatever you prefer, but I’m still rather in love with the old version. There’s something charming about Jim Carrey’s antics that no computer can recreate.

Time: 1h 50min

What You Need: screen, snacks, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) [aff.]

     50) A Christmas Carol

I think it’s the perfect way to finish this list – with something we all know and love. And if you ended up here, well, it’s time to visit Ebenezer Scrooge’s house once again and remind yourself of what truly matters.

Time: 3 h

What You Need: “A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas” by C. Dickens – Kindle [aff.]

And it’s over! Let me know if you tried something new or found something old on this list. Did you like it? What do you think?

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