Christmas is around the corner, and we know it is going to be hugely different this year. No parties, no huge celebrations and reunions — and that’s hard for many of us.

So here’s a warm hug from us, as well as a few ideas on how we can make Christmas at home (literally) more meaningful, even if it’s not going to be the same.

  1. Take time to physically slow down and rest. In previous Christmases, we were used to the heavy traffic, the hustle and bustle of parties left and right, and the endless lists of things to do, gifts to buy, etc. This year, all that has been slashed in half, with the economy being very different, as well as the government restrictions. This is a reminder to simply slow down and have a more relaxing Holiday season, just concerning ourselves with our immediate families. Rest, sleep extra, and enjoy the simplicity of having no obligations other than to take care of yourself and your family well.
  2. Make the home a haven of comfort and gratitude. We have much to be grateful for! One of the things that 2020 has taught us is really that life is short, and we don’t have time to complain about what we don’t have. Let’s celebrate what we do have: Homes to live in, for one. Make the home cozy- declutter it, clean it up and shower it physically with love, decorate, even if simply. Make the home a space of safety and love for those living under your roof. Each evening at the dinner table, maybe each family member can share what they are grateful for.
  3. Make family the centerpiece of your noche buena. We may not have the traditional family reunions this year, which means we won’t be lugging around bag loads of gifts and catching up with family and friends. Use this time to honor your immediate family, and relish in the extra time with your children. Play board games, make hot chocolate and write Christmas cards, make a blanket fortress in the sofa and living room, perhaps, invite yourself to be childlike again? See how your world changes when you do.

From all of us at the humble monogram studio, we wish you a safe, homey and meaningful Christmas!