How to celebrate 2020 Christmas in the times of pandemic
Christmas, which is one of the best times of the year, is almost here. But a question still remains on how to celebrate it in the times of the coronavirus pandemic. The unprecedented times mean that the festive season will no longer be what we have usually experienced over the years. However, all
is not lost as there are so many creative ideas to explore and make the 2020 Christmas memorable in its own way.
Here are a handful of tips you can use to celebrate Christmas, with or without having the physical presence of your family and friends.
Make some Christmas delicacies
The festive season will be incomplete without cooking the famous delicacies that accompany it. One of the major positives of the pandemic has been that people are drawn towards their kitchens. So it is the time to wear that chef’s hat once again. You can bake Christmas-themed biscuits, cookies inspired by snowman, roast a mouthwatering turkey, or prepare the classic eggnog drink. You can make some extra batches of cookies and biscuits, and leave them at the doorsteps of your neighbours as a Christmas gift. It is one of the safest ways of keeping the traditions intact and maintaining social distancing norms.
Read a Christmas story
The Christmas spirit cannot get better when you read out a story related to the festival. Your kids will especially love it, and you get the best chance for some quality family bonding. You can read one of the classics like The Snowman or A Christmas Carol, and maybe even invite your family through Zoom video call. It can be even better if you make it a daily practice during the festive season, with each family member taking their turns to read a story.
Watch Christmas-themed movies
A Christmas classic can be that perfect evening getaway with your family, in the company of some delicious food that you have prepared at home. If you have more than one movie to watch, you can make it a practice and do it twice or thrice a week. If you have Netflix, you would not have to worry much as there are a handful collection of Christmas movies that you can binge-watch with your family.
Create Christmas e-cards
The social distancing norms mean it is impossible to meet in person and give your loved ones physical Christmas greeting cards. However, there are several online apps that allow you to explore your creative streak. You can choose from online templates and customize them the way you wish. You can take a family photo and use it in the template to create an e-greeting card that can also become a lasting memory for years to come.
Decorate your home like never before
When it came to decorating the homes in the years gone by, everyone had an excuse of lack of time. However, with the pandemic forcing everyone to stay at home, you have enough time now to get started with decorating your home. Of course, it need not always be elaborate celebrations as you can make the most of what you already have. If you are on a budget, you can indulge yourself in homemade decorations. It will be another opportunity
for all the members of the family to come together and explore their creativity. If there’s too much to create and decorate, everyone can have different responsibilities to keep themselves engaged throughout. It can be quite a satisfying experience once you get done with it.
The spirit of the festive season is incomplete without donating to the needy. There are many ideas for donating, and it need not be an elaborative affair. You can start with segregating items that you no longer need at your house and offer them to the needy, provided they are in an acceptable condition. Donating to the neighbourhood charities is another option as you can donate whatever amount you wish. Many charities offer financial aid, educational material, food, etc. to the needy. Donating will also help you feel better as you can make a difference in the lives of the needy.
Throw an online party with family and friends
What better way to make use of Zoom and stay connected with your loved ones, no matter which part of the world they live in. Even though social distancing norms are preventing physical interactions, you can still get into the festive mood even if it is virtually. Make sure you keep a healthy stock of snacks, refreshments and drinks. You can even organize games where every member of the family can participate.