Merry Christmas from Florence + Blank
This year, things are looking a little different for people across the world at Christmas, with restrictions meaning that many families won’t be able to gather as hoped. So, in the name of Christmas spirit, we have written this blog post to inspire you to spread some Christmas cheer through small gestures this year. A little kindness goes a long way in making ourselves and those around us feel better.
Ways to Spread Christmas Cheer
With restrictions in mind, we have compiled some ways to spread Christmas cheer to bring festive joy to those loved ones you can’t be with this year, people in your community who need lifting up and complete strangers too.
Home baked festive treats
Not only is this a rewarding way to pass the time, but baking festive treats for loved ones and neighbours is a lovely way to bring a smile to someone’s face. Why not try this recipe for mince pie brownies or this super simple honeycomb recipe that uses only four simple ingredients? Perfect as part of a homemade gift hamper to drop on your neighbour’s doorsteps.
Festive quiz via Zoom
Those working from home may have had enough of Zoom-related organised fun with colleagues this year, but there’s no denying that it’s a great tool to keep families connected too. Set up an online Christmas quiz to do with your friends and family and let the merriment ensue. It’s the next best thing to being there all together.
Become someone’s pen-pal
We are lucky to be so well connected through social media and video calls these days but there is something special about receiving a handwritten letter in the post. Perhaps you know someone personally who has struggled this year, or maybe you would like to connect with someone new. Finding a pen-pal with similar interests, writing internationally to learn a new language or communicating with someone lonely or elderly in a care home is a wonderful way to spread cheer at Christmas and beyond.
Watch a Christmas movie with friends
We might not be allowed to cosy up with our friends this year, but with Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney + staples in most households since the pandemic began, it’s easier than ever to start a mini movie club. Simply pick a film to watch with your friends or family, press start at the same time and enjoy the movie together. The Disney Plus app even has a GroupWatch feature, syncing your streams and allowing you to send emojis to others in the group as you watch.
Gratitude and journaling
This one is purely for yourself. With the winter solstice just past, we can begin to look forward to longer days and new beginnings. It’s a great time to start journaling and though it can seem like a daunting commitment at first, there is no harm in just starting with a sentence a day. Once you create a routine for yourself, write down the events of the day and how they made you feel, reasons you are grateful, affirmations for the new year and anything else that springs to mind.
Donate to food banks
There are some who were expecting to host large groups for Christmas and others who were expecting to be hosted this year. With last minute changes to restrictions, there will be an imbalance in food distribution across homes in Britain. Rather than letting all your surplus food spoil, donate it to your local foodbank or give it away on Olio, the free sharing app.
Support small businesses
Every time you shop small and buy from an independent business, an actual person does a little happy dance. This year has been turbulent for many local independent retailers but since life became simplified at the start of the year, people have become more appreciative of hand-crafted thoughtful gifts. So, buying from small businesses is a win-win approach if you ask us!
Sending Festive Cheer Your Way
To quote Buddy the Elf “The best way to spread Christmas is cheer singing loud for all to hear!”, so if all else fails, get on YouTube and set yourself up for a night of Karaoke!
We wish you a very Merry Christmas and look forward to a new year. Thank you again for supporting our small business and the artisan crafters we work with. Happy holidays everyone!