Christmas will be this year different that previous year. As the old song goes, ‘there is no place like home for the holidays,’ this heartfelt lyric has added significance. Still there are enough funny quarantine Christmas ideas you can do while social distancing.
We, as Enjoy Apartments, have found the best ways to celebrate the holidays at home. Take these fantastic ideas in account and for sure you’ll have the cosiest Christmas in years.
Assemble a make-ahead breakfast
Opening presents takes a lot of energy. Fresh energy in the morning is important, especially during Christmas. Try one you can prepare the nigh before so all you must do on Christmas morning is pop it in the oven.
Make for example the Blueberry Sweet Rolls with Lemon. Looks pretty and tastes good!
Make Dough: In large bowl, place butter, yeast, granulated sugar, milk, and 1 egg. Add 3 1/4 cups flour, poppy seeds, salt, and baking soda. Using hands, bring ingredients together to form cohesive dough. Sprinkle some of remaining 1/4 cup flour on work surface and knead dough until soft but not sticky, adding a little extra flour if necessary. Transfer to clean bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 hr. or up to 12 hr.
Make Filling: In bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
Make Frosting: In bowl, place cream cheese and sift confectioners’ sugar over top. Add vanilla, lemon zest, and lemon juice and mix to combine. Leave at room temp up to 3 hr. or refrigerate up to 12 hr.
Lightly dust work surface with flour. Roll dough into 12- by 16-in. rectangle. Spread with cinnamon mixture and scatter blueberries on top. Starting from long end, roll dough into tight log. Cut log into 8 pieces and transfer to 9- by 13-in. baking dish; let rise at room temp until rolls touch and are puffed and no longer cool to the touch, 1 1/2 hr.
Heat oven to 375°F. Lightly beat remaining egg and gently brush all over tops and sides of rolls. Bake until rolls are light golden-brown inside, 30 to 35 min., covering with foil if outer parts begin to brown too quickly. Transfer to wire rack. Spread with cream cheese frosting and sprinkle with poppy seeds if desired.
6 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, at room temp
1 1/4 oz. pkg. (2 1/4 tsp) active dry yeast (not rapid rise)
1/3 c. granulated sugar
3/4 c. whole milk, at room temp
2 large eggs, divided
3 1/2 c. all-purpose flour, divided, plus more for surface
1 tsp. poppy seeds
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
4 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temp
1/2 c. packed light brown sugar
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 c. fresh blueberries
4 oz. cream cheese, at room temp
1 c. confectioners' sugar
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 tsp. finely grated lemon zest, plus 1 Tbsp juice
poppy seeds, for sprinkling
Decorate as festively as possible
As you will spend a lot of time at home this holiday season, decorations are essential. Set a budget and pick up some new decorations. Some cool decorations that we really prefer are:
- Headboard garlands
- Mini Christmas trees
- Christmas figures in order to deck out the living room
- Bells in the staircase
- Creative advents calendars with lots of chocolate
Make your space the winter wonder land of your dreams!
Read a Christmas book
Reading a book on the couch is a cosy way to get into the Christmas spirit. Grab some snacks in the supermarket and take some time for yourself. From board books to picture books to middle-grade novels, these Christmas books are perfect to cosy up with a on a snowy winter day.
- The polar express
- Letters from Father Christmas
- A Christmas memory
- The greatest gift
- Christmas from the heart
- 25 Days ‘til Christmas
Sing Christmas Karaoke
You don’t need to be a musical family or friend group to have fun belting out holiday tunes during Christmas Karaoke. Warm up your voice, prepare some songs and sing at its best!
Some of our favourites are:
- All I want for Christmas is you - Mariah Carey
- Winter Wonderland – Tonny Bennett
- Driving Home for Christmas – Chris Rea
- It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas – Michael Bubble
- Santa Tell me – Ariana Grande
Luckily, it’s the beginning of December, we still have enough time to prepare Christmas. Hopefully these tips will help you to have a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones at home!
E N J O Y !