So, how is this year moving to be strange from the festive period?
Christmas has NOT been postponed. But it’s strange, like anything else this year.
Because of the current pandemic, Christmas 2020 will be somewhat different from all the previous years. It is possible that this year one has to spend the holiday season separated from relatives and extended family with travel constraints and social meeting norms in place.
Christmas is a season for family celebrations, presents, and Santa. How do we ignore the kids when we talk about Santa?
The scent of freshly baked plum cake with cookies, the gifts found by the Christmas tree to be later revealed, and family reunions, for days. These lovely traditions keep the little ones excited. Frankly, before the year ends, Christmas is a season to celebrate.
Experts suggest that individuals take similar steps during the Christmas season, asking that individuals strive to adjust traditional practices and avoid significant events to keep themselves and others safe.
Bubbles from Christmas
People will mingle in houses, places of worship, and outdoor areas, which can also ease travel restrictions.
A Christmas bubble must be unique, though, so individuals should not switch between them. Members of the Bubble would not be allowed to frequent bars or restaurants together, either.
On the table: smaller turkeys
Since travel rules were eased so they could travel, concerns that a shortage of qualified overseas staff on poultry farms could hit the turkeys’ supply have been resolved.
But since they are expected to have fewer visitors, more individuals are purchasing smaller turkeys than average.
Any scarcity of turkey can make some individuals prefer a vegetarian or vegan meal instead.
Set up work parties for Zoom
Job festivities this year are sure to take place on Zoom and other web sites.
It is very doubtful that restrictions on large parties showing up in bars or elsewhere outdoors will be relaxed in December. Still, it is certainly not permissible to see friends for a pre-Christmas drink or dinner.
The modern standard is video conferences with friends and family, and we all do it a lot these days. Get it more enjoyable this festive season by enjoying some exciting activities over video calls. Games such as Dumb Charades, Bingo, Pictionary, and 20 Questions are just a few that can be played through Zoom, FaceTime, or Google Meet.
Unknown Midnight Mass Chances
What will happen to traditional Christmas worship services, including Midnight Mass, is not clear at the moment.
Planned online shopping spike
Shoppers were alerted by an industry chief in September to purchase as early as possible.
By now, we have both grown used to internet shopping, and the distributors know just what we are looking for. We are spoiled with options and can order about anything under the sun in our home’s safety and convenience with the click of a button.
Just note one thing, it is best to prepare, and order presents for your loved ones long ahead because of the holiday rush so that it hits time.
Celebrations on a smaller scale
The research also indicates that, during these challenging times, celebrating well-loved rituals such as Christmas will affirm identity and improve well-being. However, in smaller household units, it is possible to share and celebrate family rituals.
Put the adornments in place
Do not shy away from putting up the Christmas decorations even though you have no one coming to your house. Gather together and decorate the Christmas tree along with your relatives.
Glittering decorations, ribbons, garlands, stars, hoops, and figurines will make the mood light and make everybody happier at home.
For everybody, schedule some fun activities
Because both of us have been locked up for months, it makes more sense to properly schedule the holidays. With social isolation in mind, you should decide on some enjoyable outdoor activities. If about this time you are lucky with snowfall, make a snowman of your own. This essential activity will utterly love girls.
Watch Santa movies together, or to be exact, some other family movie. Plan board games, or make games of your own. It is possible to do something but to strip away the frustration of staying at home.
A tranquil New Year’s Eve
The Christmas relaxing of meeting rules does not apply to New Year’s Eve. Still, this year, with house parties prohibited in most areas, this is likely to be a relaxed affair.
There could be NO fireworks!
Bring some happiness to the destitute
It is said that no greater pleasure exists than the joy of sharing. Or bake some cake and cookies and leave them at the nearest orphanage or nursing homes to buy chocolates and little presents. They will definitely bless you, abundantly.
Our very own Santa?
“Here are several ways in which children can experience a virtual “good list” experience:
This will be the first time Santa Claus will not be posing for Macy’s photos in nearly 160 years. Still, the department store brand has set up a fantastic interactive alternative where children can sign up for home visits to Santaland.
Some shops and malls build opportunities for children to take contactless pictures, allowing Santa and his guests to be six feet away.
The official Santa tracker will still be running as Christmas Eve comes around, just as it has been for the past 65 years.
A variety of suggestions for modifications of usual schedules can be found for those preferring a more limited or distant festive season. In 2020, we will discover live-streamed school nativities and religious ceremonies, festive fairs will be supplemented by walks to see displays of local Christmas lights, and the interactive family quiz may briefly replace the after-dinner board games.
Perhaps this year, as we aim to uphold the rituals and festivals that bind us. We may need to think a bit more innovatively about getting together to celebrate our typical holidays and enjoy their psychological benefits.
The year 2020 has, in various ways, been different for all of us. Let us make sure we stay indoors and enjoy as much of this holiday season as possible. This Christmas is always going to be the one that we’ll recall for years to come. Get it as unique as possible.