“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” takes on a whole new meaning in 2020. Millions are decorating their trees and hanging stockings for one, reckoning with how to spend the season in ways that won’t leave our hearts feeling two sizes too small. If you can’t be near family this year, you can recreate the experience through the pop culture you’re consuming.
Time that would’ve been spent packed in an airport, then your childhood bedroom, and before a dinner table inquisition about why you don’t come home more often is now all yours. Brush up against the friendly fire of fighting about politics from the safety of a podcast in your headphones. In lieu of defending your Hinge profile to an aunt who knows one (1) single guy your age, read a Sally Rooney novel. Or maybe, just indulge in some entertainment as far removed from traditional festivities as possible.
In the wake of socially distanced holidays and snow days spent solo, ELLE.com offers the movies, books, music, TV shows, and podcasts for your specific brand of blues. As the song says, “Someday soon we all will be together / If the fates allow.” Until then, a few suggestions for