Let me start by saying, I’m not going to say that we shouldn’t be moaning and whingeing about lockdown and the restrictions in place this Christmas. This is most definitely NOT the Christmas that we had planned this year. At the time of writing this, we have just been put in another lockdown so who knows what is going to happen on Christmas Day.
It sucks. It really does. It’s not fair that we won’t be able to spend Christmas with our loved ones around us, stuffing our faces around the table, sharing presents, hugs, kisses and pulling crackers.
We can moan all we want about it because it really is unfair. However, there is nothing we can do about it! As MUCH as I want to spend time with (most) of my family, I’d much rather stick to the rules and keep my family safe. We have some very vulnerable people in my family and putting them at risk, just because I want to enjoy my Christmas Day is incredibly selfish.
That said, I do believe that we can still enjoy Christmas this year and in this post, I want to share some ideas with you.
Put The Tree and Decorations Up
If I could convince Daz, I would have the tree up by now! I love seeing the Christmas tree and all the glitter and sparkles everywhere. It has been rumoured that putting your decorations up earlier makes you happier.
If you don’t want to put your tree up in November, that’s fine! Stick to all your normal traditions if you want. But by not putting your tree up at all, you’re basically just writing Christmas off and being a Scrooge. You don’t want that now, do you?
Get Organised With The Presents
Don’t cause yourself unnecessary stress! Get organised with the presents this year so that you can wrap them up. Then, if we’re allowed, get them over to your friends and family and leave them on the doorstep (just make sure that they’re in first, obviously!)
Use The Good China
Do you have a certain set of plates/glasses/cutlery that only gets used at Christmas? Use them! What does it matter if there is only 2 of you? Do what makes you happy. If it’s your tradition, stick to it! It’s still Christmas Day after all.
It’s not going to feel like Christmas if you sit around in your jogging bottoms and old jumper with your hair scraped back in a bun is it? Unless that’s how you normally dress on Christmas Day, in which case, carry on!
Dig your favourite Christmas jumper out, put on your sparkly dress, do your hair and makeup, whatever you normally do for Christmas. I love getting all dolled up and putting on my best outfit. I don’t know about you, but it just makes me feel better!
Once you’re dressed up to the nines, takes photos and put them on Social Media (if you want to of course!) I love seeing everyone all dressed up in the best outfits!
Just because you won’t all be in the same room doesn’t mean that you cant still play games! Some game ideas that would work over Facetime are:
- Good old faithful quiz
- Scavenger hunt
Obviously, they might need tweaking but as long as you have fun, thats the main thing!
Zoom/FaceTime/WhatsApp/Facebook Messenager ALL DAY
Get on your favourite platform and stay in contact all day. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t got anything to say. Open presents, play games, watch Christmas movies, eat dinner.
It’s going to be difficult to stick to traditions this year, but you can still try! Put the tree up, do Elf on the Shelf, dress up, use the fancy glasses! This is something that none of us has been through before. Yes, it sucks. But we need to remember that we are doing this to keep ourselves and loved ones safe.
Now is a great time to start new traditions or have that relaxed Christmas that you have always wanted. We have no idea what next year is going to bring. We can only do what we can to make the best out of a bad situation.
Whatever you do, I hope you enjoy Christmas 2020!