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Ideas for a socially distanced Christmas

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Just because this year’s Christmas celebrations are going to be different, it does not mean that they will be any less joyful than normal. I know that my family are determined to have a great Christmas whilst staying safe and socially distanced at home.

Here are a few ideas on how to make sure your 2020 Christmas is one to remember for all the right reasons.

Decorate your home

You are going to spend a lot of time at home this Christmas and so you might as well make your space the winter wonderland of your dreams. If your budget is limited, then making Christmas ornaments can be a great way to spend your free time during the festive period.

Go on a Christmas lights walk

If the weather is nice, you could go on a walk around your neighbourhood and admire everyone’s Christmas lights, especially as homeowners seem to have gone that extra mile with decorations this year.

Send a ‘something to make’ gift

How about sending someone the supplies and instructions to make a needlefelt Christmas puddling or a clay tree ornament. Alternatively, send some dry ingredients in a jar with directions enclosed so that the recipient can get baking a Christmas treat.

Create your own homemade Christmas gifts

Personal gifts are a great way to treat someone without breaking the bank. Why not get crafting this Christmas and make a personalised tree ornament or set of handmade soaps to send out to friends and family.

Send a Christmas card or letter

With large meet ups put on hold until the pandemic comes to an end, a handwritten letter or card is the perfect way to let someone know that you are thinking of them during these difficult times.

Send a Christmas eve care package

In my family, we love to get cosy on Christmas Eve and watch a film together.  If you are unable to spend the evening with your loved ones this year, then why not send them a care package. Fill the parcel with some hot chocolate and marshmallows, a pair of pyjamas and your their movie.

Connect with friends and family virtually

We are all used to the good old Zoom parties now and so why not do the same for Christmas; you could have the whole family tune in for a remote Christmas dinner or online quiz night.

Attend Covid-19 secure events

Check your town’s website to find a list of local holiday happenings. You might be able to visit a drive through cinema or walk through an outdoor Christmas light display.

Support local businesses

Remember it is our small, local businesses that have been hit hard during the lockdown restrictions. Send locally sourced Christmas hampers to friends and buy local produce for your Christmas feast this year

Plan a post-covid-19 celebration

My family have decided to stay cautious and celebrate Christmas separately this year but we have big plans to have a huge celebratory party together, once it is safe to do so.

Whatever you decide to do for Christmas this year, remember to embrace the change and make the most out of what you can do.