November 20, 2020 5 min read

The season of joy and giving is right around the bend! Have you started your preparations yet?

Christmas plants

 

Yes, we know. 2020 has been a butt pretty much all around - the virus struck, lockdowns ensued, and then the practically-year-long travel ban.

But for the most part, we can all agree that Singapore has seen the better half of this pandemic. We’re doing well, and that’s something we should be proud of!

Not sure about you, but we think it’s a swell time to celebrate life. And there’s no better time than Christmas! Have you started preparing? What can we do for Christmas? Here’s how we’re preparing for the occasion!

 

Christmas tree bauble

Put Up the Christmas Tree

Nothing spells Christmastime like walking through the front door and being greeted by a decorated pine tree, all lit up like a joyful beacon. Dust off the old Christmas tree from the depths of your storage - or get a new one, the stores are open! - put it together and let it air its branches! We guarantee that it’ll get the engines warmed up for the festive season, and the mood at home (or the office) will be immediately lifted.

Dress up your tree! We like to have a colour theme for tree decorations each year, and this year feels like blue and gold! Find your own palette, hang the baubles, float the angels, crest the star, but most of all, have fun with it! Other timeless colours are red, gold and silver.

Get a canister of snow spray and add that wintery texture to your trees if you like! Oh and don’t forget the lights! May we suggest a nice warm hue for some nice temperature contrast? :)

Christmas Holly

Deck the Halls

“Deck the halls with boughs of holly” or so the song goes. The Christmas holly is known for the bright red berries in the middle of the serrated holly leaves (picture above).

Fun Fact: Christmas hollies are significant for its symbolism during Christmas. The serrated leaves symbolise the Crown of Thorns and the red berries embody the blood of Christ.

Beyond that, it’s also a really beautiful contrast of green and bright red.

In Singapore, some years back, National Parks began growing native sea hollies for their resemblance to the Christmas holly, but they do not have the berries. You can find out more about cultivating these at home if you’re interested. If you’re not we’re sure Daiso has some readily available!

Other decorations include Christmas stockings or socks, wreaths (you can easily get from many florists) and laurels. We may not all have big houses in Singapore but, with a little creativity, we can find romantic (or sneaky) places to hang mistletoes if you’re into the romantic Christmastime custom.

Christmas decorations

Since there’s no physical Christmas Wonderland this year, why not have your own mini wonderland at home? If you’re getting the snow spray for your tree, spray your tinsels and laurels too! Stick some cotton balls around the halls or get some snow-coloured decorations. All the better if you have air-conditioning in the living room!

It might seem like a lot of work, but there’s no better time to create a nice environment at home than now, when we can’t have that outside. Give it a shot!

Christmas cards

Send Out the Christmas Cards

Some of us already have this year-end custom, but for those who don’t, Christmas cards make great tree decorations too!

Physical cards send more than just a message of well wishes. They’re a gift of sincerity and thought. Handwritten letters are always nicer than typed out messages, and receiving something physically provides a more tangible feeling of warmth. Plus points if the card is handdrawn!

Furthermore, the facts that they’re less convenient and aren’t free suggest more meaning and earnestness! Just be sure to send them out early, especially if you’re sending them abroad! Good news is, the cards won’t have to be quarantined or tested negative before they fly. ;)

 

Thanksgiving dinner turkey

Thanksgiving Dinner

Many observe Thanksgiving in Singapore as well, despite it being primarily an American holiday (MoE please take note). It falls on the last Thursday of November and marks the start of the Christmas season.

Yep it’s all about the turkeys and the feasting, so put on your loosest pair of jeans and prime yourself!

There are many restaurants in Singapore that offer Thanksgiving menus or special dishes. You could find one to your liking and make a reservation - of course while observing the group size and safe distancing measures we still have in place!

Alternatively, why not have your own at home? If there’s anything that the pandemic has taught us, it’s to slow down and appreciate the company of our family. Why not prepare your own Thanksgiving feast at home and enjoy it with them? There’s much joy and thanks to give when doing something meaningful with those who matter.

Our partners at The Meat Club offer a wide selection of top-of-the-table meats in a variety of cuts. Have a look at their website and usTMC20 to enjoy $20 off your first purchase (min. spend $60).

 

Christmas gifts

Gift Shopping

No Christmas tree is complete without the gifts wrapped up under it. Gift shopping this year will mostly be online so you’ll need to allow plenty of time for delivery if you want them to arrive in time for the photos and holiday!

If you’ve not begun your gift shopping or are having difficulty finding some, try these steps!

  1. Categorise your recipients (parents, children, relatives, bosses, colleagues etc.)
  2. Categorise your gifts (clothes, electronics, books etc.)
  3. Find a comfortable budget 
  4. Personalise your gifts 

Here’s another idea: Organise a gift exchange with a cost cap! A gift exchange with items no more than $20, for example. It’s exciting to see what others will get when the cost is fixed.

The joy of gifting doesn’t require expensive items. I have a group of friends that has a themed gift exchange each year. We had a Daiso exchange, snack exchange, and book exchange among others.

If you’re looking for a gift for someone, we have some great gifts suitable for anyone! From Nuud tubes for the active, tech products like the MOFT Laptop Stand and MOGICS Power Bagel for the tech savvy, to the stunning eco-friendly drinkware by Memobottle and Made by Fressko, you might find a nice item for your Secret Santa!

Get the festive mood going and have good vibes this Christmas season!



Further reading that might interest you:

Why Do People Kiss Under The Mistletoe?

The History of Thanksgiving


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