Christmas is typically when you gather together with your loved ones, which poses a high risk of infection during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is too early to indicate how Christmas in the year 2020 will materialize. Still, it is impossible to rule out potential disruptions that we might encounter in the upcoming festive season.
6 Ways You to have a Special Christmas Despite COVID
The coronavirus has left many worldwide with little to celebrate. With continuously changing blanket bans on gatherings, we can only guess as to what to expect. Here, we’ll suggest some contingency plans for a social-distanced Christmas.
You can make Christmas memorable this year by writing a letter from Santa to your children. Your children are already expecting Santa to drop off gifts at Christmas. However, they don’t expect him to craft a personalized letter.
You can make Christmas during COVID special by creating a letter that is personalized and special to your child. You can also encourage your child to reply, knowing that Santa will equally respond. Your child will feel as if Santa is their best friend and pen pal.
The run-up to Christmas will prove to be the most challenging part of this year’s festive season. Letting go of the pre-Christmas shopping days and the festive spirit it creates will be challenging this year as it poses the most risk to COVID. Shopping online is safer and will ensure that gift-giving continues this year despite movement and gathering restrictions.
Adopting unique shopping methods, such as the five-gift rule, can bring a much-needed twist to this year’s festivities. You can shop online for gifts that cater to different needs and preferences, such as gifts that one can wear, read, need, and experience.
Online Christmas Celebrations
Suppose you can’t have the usual big family gatherings this Christmas, aside from those already in your household bubble. Why not consider reconnecting with loved ones by including them in a virtual party?
You can share a themed Christmas idea with your loved ones and connect via Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime and share their celebrations despite their location. Together you can play drinking games and enjoy a craft party, for instance.
Christmas COVID Memorial
The festive season usually brings bittersweet memories of those that have passed on. COVID claimed and is still claiming a lot of lives this year. You can consider creating a new charitable Christmas tradition in the name of loved ones that have passed on.
The entire family can honor a loved one’s memory by engaging in a favorite cause or charity in their name or engaging in activities the loved ones were passionate about on Christmas day.
Memorial activities include: planting a tree in their honor, crafting remembrance ornaments to hang together with Christmas decorations, celebrating their rituals, and storytelling in their honor.
The year 2020 has been characterized by being bound indoors due to travel restrictions and social distancing. However, as the year draws to a close, travel restrictions in some locations are starting to get lifted. Airlines and other transportation modes have seemingly resumed operations.
If you are experiencing cabin fever as a family, you can plan a trip where social distancing continues to be observed. Make sure to research the travel restrictions and requirements of your place of residence and the place that you intend to visit.
Random Acts of Kindness
Many families and individuals suffered a substantial loss this year because of COVID. Christmas can be a time to practice random acts of kindness. Downsizing on Christmas celebrations this year means that there might be some money to spare.
Random acts of kindness, such as paying for a struggling family’s Christmas shopping or dinner, can go a long way in restoring the festive season cheer. You can donate to a charity of your choice or share your groceries with a family in need, for instance.
Memorable Christmas Special Despite COVID
Despite the many changes during this year, the holiday season is still worth celebrating. It’s worth honoring your fondest memories of it. This festive season still remembers that it is vital to avoid in-person gatherings with people you do not co-habitat with. You should avoid attending activities with large gatherings.
In choosing ways to celebrate Christmas during COVID, bear in mind that outdoor celebrations are better than indoor ones. They are not crowded, not within closed spaces, and are well-ventilated. Practice social distancing at all times and consider intimate settings this Christmas.