2020 has been a difficult year for all, but one that has made us thankful for everything we have. Christmas this year is going to be very different for everyone in the UK so here are a few tips about how to stay safe while having fun.
1. Create a ‘Christmas bubble’
Government guidance says you can make a ‘Christmas bubble’ of up to three households from 23-27 December. Being able to see your family and friends during this small window is going to be a real treat for everyone. And if you have some more space in your bubble, why not invite a neighbour who would be otherwise alone? Make sure to check the rules so that you can make the most of seeing your loved ones!
2. Video calls
Make use of technology to call family and friends you’re not able to see during the festive period. It obviously will not be the same as seeing them in person, but you can come up with so many different things to do whilst on call:
- Have a games night (you can even play board games online).
- Watch a Christmas movie together. There are so many great Christmas movies available online and some streaming services have a handy ‘watch with friends’ option.
- Have a big Christmas party – get dressed up and have a great time!
- Cook together. Whether you’re in charge of the turkey or baking some sweet treats, not team up with a friend online and make them at the same time.
- Extend your Christmas dinner table. Video call another house during your Christmas meal without having to worry about having enough space at the table.
3. Find online carol services
There will be many churches having virtual carol services and Christmas day services. This means you can still enjoy church and keep up your traditions from the comfort of your home.
4. Shop locally and use small business
Many of us have probably bought their Christmas presents already, but if you haven’t, I suggest finding some small businesses and seeing what they have to offer. I happened to find some nice gifts from a small business I found on Instagram. It’s easy to just use Amazon, but it becomes so much more personal when you take the time to find something especially for them.
5. Get really into the Christmas spirit
This is one I strongly recommend everyone does. Whether it be getting the tree up and making your home festive or sending tons of Christmas cards, make sure you jump into the festivities. While I’m sure most of us are already dancing to Christmas songs and watching festive films, the Christmas season is also a great opportunity to think selflessly too. Take time to donate to a charity you feel passionate about or see if you can volunteer at a homeless shelter. Whatever you come up, have fun, and get into the Christmas spirit as much as you want.
This year will be a very different Christmas, but it’s also an opportunity to create new traditions. I hope everyone has a great Christmas and gets to see their loved ones, whether in person or virtually. It’s been a difficult year, but I hope this Christmas is an opportunity for you to be merry and bright.