2020 has been a strange year and I think it’s safe to say we’re all looking forward to seeing the back of it! Fingers crossed that 2021 is a much more positive, productive and prosperous year for everyone. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s not forget that we still have Christmas 2020 to get through! Christmas is likely to also be rather strange this year, with many of us still in lockdown and gatherings kept to a minimum, it is probably going to be a much quieter Christmas than usual. But don’t let that ruin the most magical part of the year! At Hilltop we’re convinced that Christmas can still be an amazing and memorable occasion, despite that pesky virus… Here are some pointers on how to keep Christmas special during this difficult time.
A quieter, more intimate Christmas
It will be sad, of course, if we don’t get to see all our relatives over the festive period. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy Christmas. It just means we may have to expect a quieter, more intimate Christmas, which will have its benefits too. It’s lovely to go out visiting people on the big day, but the busy and hectic schedule can become a bit stressful. There’s something to be said for not having to leave the house and being able to enjoy Christmas day with your family.
'Go to town' on your home with Christmas decorations
It seems likely that we will all be spending more time at home during the Christmas holidays, so why not go that extra mile to turn your home into a festive carnival of lights, decorations and all things Christmassy! The main feel-good factors that people associate with Christmas are closeness, family, and traditions - such as putting up decorations and singing carols. As a family you can all join in the merriment of making your house sparkle and shine with the latest decorations, lights and adornments. And if you love carol singing, there’s nothing stopping you from taking the kids out for a good old ‘sing song’ around the streets. Your neighbours will appreciate it too. I mean who doesn’t love a bit of carol singing?
A virtual Merry Christmas
We’ve all become a dab hand at the old video messaging now haven’t we? Forced upon us due to the pandemic, Skype, Zoom and the like, is now as commonplace as texting and phoning. So, we should all make the most of this newfound skill to keep in touch with our relatives and wish them a Merry Christmas. In fact, you could make it even more interesting and host a Christmas Quiz, or a Virtual Carol Singing session to get you all in the mood. Being in separate houses doesn’t mean we can’t still ‘call in’ on loved ones. Let’s embrace our new virtual world over the festive season and stay connected.
Fun and games to stay connected
It’s true that things will be different this year, but if we think outside the box, we can embrace our Christmas in lockdown. Foraging the web for ideas, we found some great suggestions by Glamour Magazine to help spice up the day.
- DIY game of Guess Who
Missing your family? Print out photos of each family member, cut them out and stick them onto some card and hey presto, a personalised game of Guess Who, just for your family. You could even replicate this and give it to your missing family as a present next year!
- Gingerbread House Bake-off
How about a virtual gingerbread house bake-off where each house takes part? Show off each of your inventions on a live video feed, with everyone voting on the winner. Or, if you’re less culinary-inclined, then why not put yourself forward as a judge for the night and channel your inner ‘Paul Holywood’!
- A Virtual Christmas Jumper day
Save the Children’s annual Christmas Jumper Day is on the 11th Usually this means everyone going into the office adorning the most beautiful or hideous festive attire possible. Whilst many of us will be working from home, why not organise a Zoom meeting to compare jumpers and vote on a winner!
There’s no doubt it’s going to be a strange and difficult Christmas period for many people. But if we can face it with creativity and a sense of humour, there’s every reason to believe it will be a Christmas full of fun and frolics. Just don’t get too used to it. We want our usual Christmas back again next year!!!