10 Ways to Celebrate Now
1. Have an upside down dinner.
Did someone in your house have a downer of a day? Treat the family to an “upside down” dinner and eat UNDER the table. Bring in some battery-operated candles, (so that you don’t set the tablecloth on fire!), and eat together picnic-style in your own secret, safe space hidden away from the outside world. We promise, everyone feels better after an upside down dinner. And if you’ve got time, you can even make an on-theme upside down cake!
2. Be an explorer.
Take a walk through a new neighborhood with your smartphone. Queue up some good tunes, and snap portraits of anything that catches your eye – a funny bumper sticker, an elegant grandmother crossing the street, a flowering tree…When you get home, put the photos together in an email and share your discoveries (and your day!) with someone you’ve missed seeing in person.
3. Get glammed up.
Sure, maybe you haven’t eaten out in 5 months, but who’s to say that you can’t still put on your favorite dress and uncork the champagne (or pour yourself a Shirley Temple – in fact, make it a double!). Break out the fancy crystal and toast to the fact that your Spanx still fit (or the fact that they don’t!)!
4. Celebrate a silly holiday.
We love this holiday calendar full of silly excuses to put on a party hat! Did you know today is National Fajita Day AND National Ice Cream Pie Day? Sounds like a good reason to purchase our Taste of Mexico Box (and maybe run a couple extra miles)!
5. Swing your partner, do-si-do!
Order some glow sticks and have a socially-distanced, backyard rave with your neighbors! Or put on some romantic tunes – we are currently loving John Legend’s spicy new album, Bigger Love – pull down the shades, and slow dance with your partner. Dance party for one? Sometimes those are the best kind!
6. Start a culture club.
Pick out a book, podcast, or a show to enjoy together with family or friends over the course of a few weeks or longer. Set aside a special time each week to huddle up together at home (or on FaceTime / Zoom with your distant buddies), microwave some popcorn, and enjoy!
7. Throw a party for a stranger.
The elderly community has been particularly isolated during this pandemic. Call a local nursing home and find out if there’s something special you can do for anyone having a particularly rough time. Bring decorations, signs, greeting cards, and as many people as you can gather, (respecting local social distancing rules), and cheer on your new friend from outside their window.
8. Be an armchair traveler.
One thing that will always and forever feel amazing is opening the mailbox and seeing a piece of handwritten mail – not a bill, not a coupon flyer, but real, honest-to goodness snail mail that someone wrote specifically to you. There’s a great organization called Postcrossing that matches you with strangers all over the world to exchange postcards! At a time like this, when our ability to travel is so limited, this is a great bridge to other cultures – and right from the comfort of your couch!
9. Use your senses.
One of the best tricks to savoring the present is to create a rich sensory experience. We recommend: walking barefoot in the grass, taking a scented bubble bath, listening to soothing music, eating a favorite food, and reading a good book.
10. Give thanks.
Really, what each of these is suggesting is to connect – to yourself and to one another. There are ways to celebrate safely right now, and it’s more important than ever that you do take the time to recognize all the many reasons you have to be thankful!
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