Have you dared to start thinking about Christmas this year? The coronavirus pandemic has made it difficult to plan even a few days in advance, let alone a full season. But whatever rules are in place on December 25th, there are still ways you can make this Christmas special.
The festive period is traditionally a time for families and friends to come together, catch up and create memories. With social distancing keeping loved ones apart for much of 2020, it’s never been so important that we find ways to reconnect.
Whether new or old, Christmas traditions offer ways to do just that. Below are just five of the ways you can still create a memorable Christmas in 2020.
Put up decorations
Decorating your home is one easy way to get in the festive spirit. If there’s a few of you in a bubble who can do it together, you’ll have the place looking ready for Christmas in no time. You could even blast carols and share wine or hot chocolate while you decorate.
One way to add to the tradition is to introduce at least one new decoration each year.
Make some festive treats
One of the best things about Christmas has to be the food. Making a gingerbread house, Christmas pudding or baking other treats can be lots of fun for kids and adults alike. Just make sure you’re stocked up with supplies in case there’s another flour shortage!
You can always order some delicious Christmas chocolate if you don’t trust your skills in the kitchen…
Go on a Christmas lights tour
It remains to be seen whether the big Christmas lights switch on goes ahead in Belfast this year – but that doesn’t mean people won’t still light up their homes. Take a tour of your local area or drive to a Christmas lights hotspot to take in this year’s elaborate displays.
It’s free entertainment after all, and easy to enjoy while staying socially distanced. Take some festive snacks along to keep your troops going.
Have a Christmas movie night
Everyone has their favourite Christmas films. This is likely to be one year we’re advised to spend more time at home, so why not pick a night to re-watch them together? Alternatively, spread them out over a full week to give everyone something to look forward to each day.
If you’re stuck apart from loved ones, you could try a virtual watch-along over video call, Goggle-box style.
Donate to those less fortunate
The events of 2020 will have taught lots of us to be grateful for what we have. At the same time, countless others will be struggling this Christmas having lost income or even loved ones. Can you find a way to donate or help out in your community?
Supporting those less fortunate can be a wholesome and educational activity for people of all ages. Find a cause you believe in and do your best to spread some Christmas cheer. You can try this directory of charities in Northern Ireland if you’re stuck for ideas.