- Posted Wednesday December 9, 2020
The most wonderful time of the year is upon us! Christmas will be different for everyone this year as celebrations will be diminished but this doesn’t mean that we cannot celebrate or be festive. The pandemic may force us to cancel some Christmas traditions but why not create new ones?
Here are 5 things that will be different this Christmas:
- Christmas Bubbles
This year, Christmas Bubbles don’t mean cracking out the prosecco! The government has confirmed that between 23 and 27 December, restrictions will be lifted to allow up to three households to form a Christmas “bubble” and get together for five days. It is advised that bubbles must be exclusive and people shouldn’t swap between them and cannot meet in pubs and restaurants.
- Work Christmas Parties on Zoom
Another thing that is going to be different are the Christmas parties. This year, Christmas Parties are set to take place in Zoom or other digital platforms. Meeting friends or colleagues for a drink at the pub is unlikely to happen in December unless you’re in Tier 1.
There are many creative ways to make your virtual Christmas party fun this year such as:
- Crafting Festive Ornaments
- Cocktail making class or other interactive workshops like a wreath making class
- Online Christmas Quiz
- Virtual Secret Santa
- Virtual drinks
- Social gatherings
Although we are not able to mix households all through December and in some tiers not even go to a restaurant or a bar, we are still able to do outdoor social distanced activities. So why not organise a walk outside, accompanied with a hot chocolate or a coffee? It can even end up as a walk around the shops.
Theaters are also closed for the time being, but we’re able to enjoy drive-in shows. You can find out more about drive in shows here.
- Online Shopping
Although non-essential shops have been open since the 2nd of December, the virus has changed our shopping habits and has driven a surge in online christmas shopping. Fun fact, Andy Mulcahy, from the online businesses' industry body said that there has been “increase of at least 30% for the peak festive trading season” (Source: bbc.co.uk). Enjoy sitting on your sofa, with a cup of tea and avoiding all the usual Christmas Shopping stress!
- A different New Year’s Eve
Celebrations will be very different due to the virus and most public events such as London's traditional fireworks have been canceled this year. Although your Christmas bubble will no longer apply, we should just focus on how to make this year’s New Year’s Eve as positive as possible and maybe create new traditions with our families. A family picnic party in the living room or a movie marathon?
Christmas will be different for everyone around the world this year, but the best thing we can do is focus on the positives and see this festive season as a period to make things slow and enjoy our time with our loved ones.
Don’t forget to follow the governments advice for any updates here