As you guys know, it’s already December now, and we all know that December is the most festive month of the year. People are counting down for Christmas, literally can’t wait to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. There’s gonna be lit events, presents, and fun things to do with family to make Christmas feels more ‘christmasy’.
For most people who don’t live in tropical countries (countries near the equator), Christmas means snow. They can go skiing, or skating, or making a snowman, playing with snow and get into a snowball war or something. People’d wear warm clothes, sitting in front of their fireplace with the loved ones, and do stuffs together. Snow makes everything feels more ‘christmas’.
People who live in tropical countries be like, “We get it, you get snow.”
Here, in Indonesia: We. Don’t. Get. Snow.
Pris, I live in Indonesia, too! What am I supposed to do if there’s no snow? How can I celebrate Christmas without snow and stuffs? I’m feeling pretty festive but I don’t know what to do for Christmas! Help!
Okay, if you live in one of those countries who doesn’t get snow, I can give you a few alternatives way to celebrate this festive month. You all can do this, including those who have winter season, it’d be fun!
1. Go outside and play with snow.
I mean, who doesn’t want to go outside and build a snowman?
2. Go skating, skiing, or get into a snowball fight.
Do not throw away your opportunity to skate, or ski, or stuffs. It’s once-in-a-year opportunity, okay? Respect us who don’t get snow for Christmas here, we’re dying to see snow (and touch it,ugh).
3. Go out for Christmas shopping.
Here in Indonesia, literally every department stores sell their products up to 20% off a few weeks before Christmas and New Year’s Eve, and it’s like the best thing in the world. My mum once took me all day long for shopping-marathon because of the discount, duh mum. If you live in Jakarta, go to Grand Indonesia, or Central Park. Also, you can see a huge gigantic Christmas tree at Central Park Mall in its park. It’s beautiful.
4. Go skating at the nearest ice rink.
Hey, you. Yes, you! If you want to go skating but you don’t get snow for Christmas, it’s totally fine. Some of the big malls here provide ice rinks inside the mall, so you could go skating! Usually it costs more than IDR 100.000,00 (or US$8, more or less) to skate in the arena for two hours or so. If you want to go skate, don’t forget to wear warm clothes (hoodies, trousers, beanies, scarfs, longsleeved clothes, etc) because it’s cold inside the rink. Oh, and if you live in Jakarta, I could give you a few malls’ names that have ice rink. There’s Taman Anggrek Mall, AEON Mall, and then SMS (Summarecon Mall Serpong). I’m planning to go to AEON this week to skate with my internet friends, yay!
5. Have a sleepover at your friend’s house, put Christmas songs on loop.
Who doesn’t want a Christmas sleepover? You could decorate the Christmas tree together, unwrap presents together, jam out Christmas songs together, et cetera. Things sound more fun if you do it with your friends, am I right?
6. Search for Christmas events near where you live.
This is the time when Eventbrite comes in handy. If you are unfamiliar with Eventbrite, it’s a global ticketing company that helps people find events that fuel their interests; you can use this site in a couple of different ways – either as an event planner or site to sell tickets to your event or as a guest, browsing for fun activities in your local area. Eventbrite makes it easier to handle the whole process of attending events as effortless and stress free as possible. If you’re the organizing type you can even create and sell tickets for your own event using Eventbrite. Search for the events that you like and want to attend near your place, it should be fun!
7. Hang out with friends, plan Christmas together.
I recommend you to hang out with your friends at coffee shops, or caffes. You can talk about Christmas and how to celebrate it in a fun way while you take a sip of a cup of coffee. You can go to Starbucks, J.Co, Old Town Coffee, and other coffee shops.
7. Just.. Go with the flow.
Make yourself busy. You can make vlogmas, bake cookies, prepare the Christmas tree’s decorations. There are so many thing so do, just keep that festive soul flaming in your heart. Don’t get stressed,or overthink about Christmas, how it’d go. It’ll be fine 🙂
Yeah, I think that’s all!
Remember: just enjoy this festive season. Like I wrote, don’t get stressed, relax. You’ll be fine, Christmas will be the most awesome event in your life.
Let me know in the comments below: what do you usually do to celebrate Christmas?
That’s all I have for you. Two posts in a row, whoa! I didn’t think I could get this far.
See you all on the next post.
Stay alive, friends.
*this post is written to participate in Eventbrite’s Fall Hometown Hunt Project where bloggers are sharing their unique, fun, and favorite local spots to visit in this festive month before Christmas.