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3 Ways to Find Holiday Cheer When Your Loved Ones Aren’t Near

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download (1)Homesickness seems to take hold of us a little stronger during the holidays; our hearts long more than ever for our faraway loved ones to be near. When nearness isn’t possible, we seek ways to alleviate the pang of holiday homesickness. Creative twists on old traditions start to play in our minds as we try to find solutions to accommodate the distance between.

1. A Parcel of Traditions
At every festive gathering, there is something we all look forward to; whether it’s a white elephant gift exchange, a pumpkin dessert that your grandma only makes for the holidays, seeing holiday lights on snow-glazed houses, or pulling on those special, surprise-filled holiday crackers, which your mom always sets on everyone’s dinner plate.
Thanks to the postal system, favorite traditions don’t have to be forgone. Imagine the cheerful smile your special recipients would have if they open a package containing the ingredients to their favorite holiday dish, a string of lights and faux snow, a ridiculously perfect white elephant gift, and a mix of favorite holiday music. No matter the distance, a sweet little parcel from afar allows us to still take part in favorite traditions.

2. A New Loved One
Maybe you find that the missing link in your holiday cheer isn’t a tradition at all, but rather a person. Sure, those once-a-year dinners and activities are still missed; but the things you really wish for are precious conversations and time with someone special, like your grandparents or a dear friend.
Coincidently, there are other people near you who are missing their loved ones too. Whether it’s a neighbor, someone in a nursing home, the hospital, or a shelter, there are bound to be others who are longing for some company, like you. As you volunteer some of your time, wherever it may be, you can be certain to meet a person who reminds you of someone you miss. And as you begin to laugh and cry with your new friend, and you might realize that this person is bringing back the kind happiness that you thought was lost.

3. The Traveling Greeting Card
This is the greeting card industry’s favorite time of year. Cards are traveling everywhere, waiting to be opened to reveal the heartwarming messages from their senders. As you send off your holiday wishes to dear ones, near and far, why not begin a perpetual greeting card this year?
Choose a simple sketch book. Within its pages, write down your favorite holiday memory and include an illustration or a photograph; let your children scribble down their messages too. On the front cover, instruct your loved ones to record their thoughts memories as well. Then, seal the book inside of an envelope, and send it off to someone else. Imagine how wonderful it will be, with each passing holiday, to share memories among your family members. As you read their words, it will almost feel as if you’re all together, sitting in your mother’s love-filled living room, reminiscing about those moments that will stay with us forever.

While there is very little that could ever replace being in the company of our dear ones, there are ways to carry out old traditions – and even create new ones – to help buffer the loneliness of long distances

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Actress Osas Ighodaro Celebrates Her 30th Birthday With Emotional Post

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Actress Osas Ighodaro Celebrates Her 30th Birthday With Emotional Post
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Nigerian actress, Osas Ighodaro penned an emotional note via Instagram as she clocked 30-years-old on Monday.

To mark her birthday, the single mother of one posted a monochrome photo of herself as she wished for people to continue praying for those who lost their lives during these turbulent period.

Ighodaro wrote;

“Thank God for another year. Happy Birthday to me. If you know me, you know I absolutely love birthdays but this year it certainly hits different. I’m overwhelming grateful for life and thankful to God to be able to see another birthday bc unfortunately many haven’t and won’t have that opportunity.

I am hopeful for better days for myself, those that I love and hold dear and most certainly for my country Nigeria. I pray for unity, peace, harmony and togetherness. We all deserve it.

My birthday wish is to please continue to pray for those innocent lives lost. Please remain hopeful and focused because I truly believe better days are soon ahead by God’s grace.

Peace, Love and Blessings.”

See her post below:

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Exotic Resorts May Be the Best Bet for a Holiday

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An exotic vacation usually means exploring a distant foreign country, whilst resorts are places
to go for rest, sport, or which offers a particular speciality, with many resorts being part of a
popular tourist destination or on or near a beach. If you are planning a vacation to an exotic
resort it can be a once-in-a-lifetime vacation to a far-flung destination or a luxurious place to
stay closer to home where you can enjoy some pampering.

Why stay at an exotic resort

Exotic resorts often offer all-inclusive vacation deals, along with other options that leave you
to plan your stay more precisely to your own wishes. These resorts offer excellent customer
service, superb accommodation and facilities and are usually to be found in beautiful settings.
Here are some of the best resorts from around the world for you to consider:

Four Seasons Resort, Seychelles
This famous resort has made many feel they have entered Paradise. The gentle ocean breeze
floats up the granite hillside and into your tree-house villa tucked away from the other guests
staying at the resort. This is perfect for encouraging you to relax, either by your private pool
or in the clear blue waters of Petite Anse Bay. Perfect for a romantic stay, there is a Spa for
pampering and the chance for a sunset meal on a deserted beach.

Some enjoy simply sitting on their balcony, gazing at the ocean between reading their book,
sketching or checking out international bookmakers and betting sites for the chance of a
flutter. If you want another type of adrenaline kick, check out the resorts excellent kayaking
and snorkelling facilities, which are recommended by nearly all who try it.

Anantara Resort, Hua Hin, Thailand

The ultimate tropical getaway, the Anantara Resort is an award-winning site modelled on a
traditional Thai village and is just three hours drive south of Bangkok. The location is where
Thai royalty and aristocrats have been holidaying for almost one-hundred years. Today, you
can visit historical attractions alongside theme parks and shops as well as vineyards and golf
courses.

The resort is set among 14 acres of lush tropical grounds with lotus-filled lagoons and
meandering pathways through exotic foliage, with many rooms overlooking the shoreline.
Each day, chefs prepare freshly caught local seafood alongside Thai specialities. The resort
also has an award-winning spa located within a lagoon-inspired oasis offering you the perfect
opportunity to relax.

Kurumba, Maldives

Kurumba is a well-established resort that opened almost 50 years ago and continues to offer
superb hospitality and contemporary facilities. There are seven speciality restaurants offering
cuisine from Italy to the Middle East as well as Thila, a restaurant which extends out over the
water which offers gourmet breakfasts and seafood dinners.

You can go snorkelling over the nearby reef full of colourful marine life or sign up to a dive
package as part of your stay, or just enjoy a private pool when staying at one of the spacious
villages. There are also deluxe beachfront bungalows offering direct beach access and views
of the crystal-clear waters.

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Healthcare Workers To Receive Coca-Cola-Funded PPEs From Nigerian Red Cross

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Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease in Nigeria, our healthcare workers have continued to lead the charge against the disease. As the number of recorded COVID-19 cases in Nigeria began to increase, these healthcare workers rose to the challenge and fought tirelessly to protect the lives of Nigerians impacted by the disease.

Considering the risks these healthcare workers face, there is a crucial need for adequate protective equipment for these brave frontline workers.

Coca-Cola is excited that over 400,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) procured to support the intervention efforts of the Nigerian Government and other key stakeholders to fight the COVID 19 pandemic have arrived. We do believe that this will to provide succor to our healthcare workers on the frontlines

These PPEs comprise N95 respirators, surgical masks, examination gloves, face shields, medical gowns, no-touch thermometers, disposable aprons, heavy-duty rubber gloves, rubber boots, basic masks, disposable gloves, and hand sanitizers.

Since the first confirmed case of the disease in Nigeria reported in February, over 800 healthcare workers have contracted the disease. While Nigerians are encouraged to stay home where possible and practice social distancing, these healthcare workers are needed across the country in the continued fight against the disease.

This donation forms part of The Coca-Cola Foundation’s COVID-19 relief interventions in Nigeria. The Coca-Cola Foundation has provided $2.5m in grant to IFRC who seeks to directly impact the lives of 1.4 million people in Nigeria and across other countries in West and Central Africa under this partnership.

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