Spending time at home during the holidays is what most people prefer, but it isn’t always possible. That doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate events like Christmas and Thanksgiving in corporate housing. Being in a new location gives you the chance to create unique celebrations that you may end up carrying with you for years to come.
Enjoying the holidays in corporate housing isn’t going to look the same as being home. However, if you’re willing to be a little flexible, you can still have a good time. If your family is with you, transform old traditions into new ones. After all, the most important thing is spending time with the people you love.
If you’re alone, make use of technology so you can celebrate virtually. Consider getting everyone to browse Google Maps. You can use street view to show your kids where you lived and spent time when you were younger. Since most corporate housing comes with flatscreen televisions and wireless Internet, you have lots of options.
Creativity can also go a long way for holidays in a corporate home or apartment. If you want to make the place feel more festive, visit a local craft store and buy items like decorations, ornaments, and small trees that remind you that you’re in the middle of a holiday season. Walmart and Target also offer inexpensive items like holiday table runners for your use.
For other low-cost options, consider thrift stores or unique gift shops in the area. Then, once the holidays are over, you can save whatever you have fallen in love with and donate the rest to those who are less fortunate. It might be the perfect addition to their home for the holidays next year.
If you love the scent of the holidays but aren’t a huge cook yourself, you can get creative here too. Fill up a pan of water and add cinnamon sticks and orange rinds. Let it simmer on low and it will make the entire space smell great. Making a few baked goods will also create that tasty smell you associate with the holidays. It’s a great way to get more enjoyment out of corporate housing.
Of course, the holidays are a time to feel happy and gracious, even if you aren’t near your family and friends. The best thing you can do is to focus on the things that you do have. Instead of worrying about the fact that you are away from home, consider the things you get to do. When you change your internal dialogue, it can transform your mindset.