Let’s face it: Christmas is going to be VERY different this year! Big get-togethers with your whole family and dinner parties with all your friends definitely won’t be a part of this year’s festivities. Sounds a little… boring. We know! But don’t worry – there are things you can do and steps you can take so you can still see some of your loved ones this year. All while staying safe, of course!
Small is the new big
A big Christmas bash with everyone we know is standard procedure for many of us. Well, it’s safe to say that none of this will be happening this year! But that doesn’t mean that you can’t still celebrate and enjoy the holidays. Just always remember: The fewer people there are, the smaller the risk of giving your loved ones Covid as a Christmas present! And always double check official guidelines before you go ahead with any planned festivities. Last-minute changes are always possible, and no one wants to get in trouble for cooking dinner!
Outside is the new inside
Splash out on some new Christmas decorations and turn your back garden into your own winter wonderland. We know, winter isn’t your usual outside party location. But then, what actually was ‘as usual’ in 2020? The most important thing is to make sure that your guests are all warm and cosy. Frostbite might not be what your loved ones had on their Christmas lists! Put up an outdoor tent, get some wearable blankets (or make some yourself if you’re awesome like that), or get some outdoor heaters. If you decide to go for the last option, make sure you get enough – otherwise you’ll soon have people huddling together to get some warmth. And that’s precisely what you don’t want! In addition to that, tea, hot chocolate, some homemade mulled wine, or a hearty soup are great to keep everyone roasty toasty.
If you can’t host outside for any reason – maybe because you simply don’t have a back garden – make sure you choose a well-ventilated room and open windows and doors regularly to let some fresh air in.
Meticulously planned is the new spontaneous
Do you usually like to wing your festivities without much planning? Then Christmas 2020 is probably going to feel even more different than it already is! This year, thorough preparation is inevitable – even if you only have two people over. Come up with a plan that keeps everyone safe and send it to them together with a nicely created digital invitation. That way, everyone will know exactly what’s happening and when! And always keep an open mind and remember that everyone feels a little different about Covid. So make sure to give all your guests the chance to let you know what they need and want to feel comfortable on the day.
Digital is the new personal
Can you remember when digital meetings were considered somewhat… impersonal? Neither do we! So if your family lives somewhere across the country or on a completely different continent, connect with them digitally. Create a personalised playlist that has everyone dancing to the same Christmas tunes or circulate your grandma’s favourite stuffing recipe so everyone can have a taste. And if you want the ultimate ‘dine together’ feeling, ask your family to put a laptop on the dining table and enjoy your meal with them. Sounds weird, we know – but everything was weird in 2020 so why not give it a shot?
And last but not least: Focus on what you’ve got!
It’s easy to feel sad when you focus on all the things you’ll be missing out on this year. So why not try a different approach and be grateful for everything that you have? The more positive your thoughts, the more likely you are to have a wonderful holiday. Christmas this year brings a lot of differences and, not going to lie, probably also a few challenges. But there’s nothing we can do to change that. So let’s embrace it! And who knows? Maybe Christmas being different is exactly what’s going to make it so incredibly special this year.