What to do for Quarantine Christmas?

Quarantine Christmas Ideas - Windy City Cosmo

When Thanksgiving is canceled it’s devastating but when Christmas is canceled, it just hurts a little bit more. 

It’s great to have time alone, but as much as I think it’s important to organize your sock collection and get started on your New Years’ resolutions early, it’s just not what I’m feeling for Quarantine Christmas.

So here’s what you can do for Quarantine Christmas if you’ve been putting Taylor Swift’s Evermore on repeat. I’m not 100 hundred percent giving you Martha Stewart of Mariah Carey for Quarantine Christmas.

Toys for Tots is going virtual this year. There’s a skyline to see and eggnog to spike. Find your comfort and joy this holiday season. 🎄

1. Pick a friend and watch music videos and just pour some drinks.

Total Request Live was one of my favorite things as a kid. There’s something nostalgic about turning on YouTube and watching those music videos and making a few drinks – even if it’s just vodka sodas because you ate too much chocolate earlier. And I would also add that The Weeknd’s Performance at Lollapalooza is incredible. It’s a great start to a great night. And if you’ve exhausted your playlist, you can always turn to these really good 2021 shows and movies. 

2. Tackle that chair in the corner where you throw all of your clothes and put something pretty there instead like a Christmas tree.

The only proof that I’ve been alive these past few weeks is the pile of clothes in my room. We all have that one chair or corner where we throw all of our clothes. When I decided to go through that pile and clean it up, it brought me some joy. I can now look at my 2” Christmas Tree next to my vanilla candle on the counter and the Yule Log on my TV.

It’s just if you can’t go to a restaurant for ambiance, mine as well create it in your studio apartment. Because let me tell you, heat lamps + 32 degrees are just 33 degrees.

3. Plan a Christmas feast.

I love Christmas morning breakfast with spiked coffee. It’s just nice. But if you can’t dance in the kitchen with your sister and make pancakes together, the next best thing might be preparing a nice meal for yourself. I personally think I’m going to do steak this year.

4. It’s the season of giving and there’s a lot of ways to give back!

Always focusing on yourself and your problems honestly drives me crazy. I’m better when I help others. And since we’re in the season of giving, here’s some ideas.

One of my friends is buying children’s clothes from Old Navy and donating them to families in need. I love this idea. You can donate clothes to

When I didn’t go home for Christmas one year, I made Christmas sugar cookies and wrapped them in tiny bags with a note that said “you’re loved.” I walked down Michigan Ave and gave them out to the homeless.

Meals on Wheels Chicago which delivers meals to the elderly, has a love notes program. Volunteers for the Love Notes program help create 6,500 cards a month that are delivered along with meals. If you are interested in creating hand-made cards for our homebound neighbors, contact Elise Geiger at egeiger@mealsonwheelschicago.org.

Donate to Toys for Tots. This year they are going virtual. You can literally go here and pick out a toy and donate. There’s toys as little as $10. It couldn’t be easier to virtually shop and surprise kids. One year, I went to the Toys for Tots collection site and I was amazed at how many toys were there. Since its founding in 1995, the Toys for Tots program has distributed more than 512 million toys to more than 237 million less fortunate children.

5. Have something to look forward to.

You know what makes you inspired. You know what gets you excited. Plan that activity.

Maybe you miss shopping. Plan out a virtual afternoon shopping and go on a neighborhood walk and order your coffee. When the outfit comes, try it on and FaceTime your friend.

Maybe you miss traveling. Transform your living room into Paris and get croissants and a latte and watch a French movie. I did a virtual vacay to Rome, if you need more ideas. Recently, I’ve been playing with digital art and photoshopping myself into places I wish I was. The last one I did was Paris. The Bazaart app makes it really easy if you’re not good with Photoshop.

Quarantine Christmas Ideas - Virtual Travel - Windy City Cosmo

Maybe you miss people. Pick a person you want to get together with for Christmas Eve or Christmas. Maybe you meet in the park and go for a walk or maybe you pick them up and go on a drive. Maybe you order each other brunch and FaceTime. Do what makes you feel comfortable and safe.

Honestly, going on a Sunday drive with my friend and just looking at the Chicago skyline was everything to me. It made me happy just to get out and see downtown again.

6. Go on the dating apps and see if there’s a connection.

The best time to meet someone is when you’re going through the same thing. In all honesty, talking with someone who is going through what you’re going through or inspiring each other to order that pizza or go for that run – there’s something nice about someone who gets you – Ms. No Plans. Maybe you don’t meet just yet, but in the past few weeks, virtual guys have inspired me to run, create art and order pizza, quite literally. And it’s just something I need right now.

And who knows, maybe it will turn into your 2021 love.

Wishing you comfort and joy during quarantine Christmas. Xoxoxo

Amanda Elliott
Amanda Elliott

Amanda Elliott is a writer and speaker and a relationship builder. She believes that meeting people in person is important. After attending numerous fashion, startup, and creative events, she founded Windy City Cosmo is 2015 to help people make connections in the city as they build their businesses, start and end relationships and see and be seen. Over the past three years, the entrepreneurs she’s interviewed have become the most successful in Chicago and Windy City Cosmo won an award in 2017 for her work for female entrepreneurs.

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