The holiday season is a time to be merry; however, due to the events that have taken place over the past several months, you may be having a hard time getting into the swing of things.

But you can’t let world events ruin your holidays!

If you’re feeling like a scrooge, then you should try some of the festive activities listed below. These activities are bound to put you in a good mood and remind you what the holidays are all about.

Watch Your Favorite Holiday Movie

There are so many classic holiday movies that it’s hard to pick a favorite. Watching a holiday movie is the best way to spend a cold winter afternoon, especially if the weather isn’t particularly agreeable.

However, most streaming platforms have a limited selection of holiday movies, meaning that you might not be able to find the title that you want to watch. If you’re having a hard time finding your favorite film, you should consider torrenting it.

Torrenting is the act of sharing content through a peer-to-peer (P2P) network. Most torrenting websites offer a wide variety of short and long-form media, including holiday films.

Although, if you’ve ever torrented before, then you most likely know that you should always use a virtual private network (VPN).

An online privacy VPN allows you to mask your digital activity from third parties and cyber-attackers, even if you’re using a public network. This helps keep you and your data safe from digital threats.

Additionally, you should know that not every file is safe. Many files on torrenting websites are full of cyberthreats, such as malware.

Accidentally downloading malware can seriously harm your computer and potentially compromise your data. Not only could this ruin your computer, but it can also put a damper your winter break.

Thankfully, you can protect yourself from malware by downloading a high-quality antivirus program. These programs can proactively scan your software and block out harmful malware that can affect your computer.

Video Chat with Distant Family Members

Even if you can’t see your family in person, you can still spend quality time with them. One of the easiest ways to do this is by video chatting with them.

Several video chatting platforms allow multiple users to connect with each other, even if they’re on different devices. These online events have recently been dubbed “virtual gatherings”.

Some of these platforms even offer a handful of games or activities that their users can play. This gives you something fun to do with your younger family members.

Decorate Your Home

Nothing says, “the holidays are here” like a festively decorated home. The right decorations can make any space feel welcoming and warm, even on a cold winter day.

If you’re looking for some decoration inspiration, you may want to consider:

  • Winter-inspired accessories (napkins, placemats, etc.)
  • Stringing garland on chairs and railings
  • Subtle, hanging ceiling ornaments

Turn Up the Holiday Tunes

There’s a reason why radio stations always play festive music throughout November and December: it gets people in the holiday spirit.

The next time you’re cooking or doing chores around the home, you should play some holiday tunes in the background. Before you know it, you’ll be singing and dancing along to the music.

If you’re feeling blue throughout the holiday season, be sure to try one of the activities mentioned above.