Christmas is typically when you gather together with your loved ones, which poses a high risk of infection during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Christmas is typically when you gather with your loved ones, which poses a high risk of infection during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is too early to indicate how Christmas in the year 2020 will materialize. Still, it is impossible to rule out potential disruptions that we might encounter in the upcoming festive season.

6 Ways You to have a Special Christmas Despite COVID

The coronavirus has left many worldwide with little to celebrate. With continuously changing blanket bans on gatherings, we can only guess as to what to expect. Here, we’ll suggest some contingency plans for a social-distanced Christmas. 

Letter Writing

You can make Christmas memorable this year by writing a letter from Santa to your children. Your children are already expecting Santa to drop off gifts at Christmas. However, they don’t expect him to craft a personalized letter.

You can make Christmas during COVID unique by creating a personalized and special letter to your child. You can also encourage your child to reply, knowing that Santa will equally respond. Your child will feel as if Santa is their best friend and pen pal. 

Online Shopping

The run-up to Christmas will prove to be the most challenging part of this year’s festive season. Letting go of the pre-Christmas shopping days and the festive spirit it creates will be challenging this year as it poses the most risk to COVID. Shopping online is safer and will ensure that gift-giving continues this year despite movement and gathering restrictions.

Adopting unique shopping methods like the five-gift rule can bring a much-needed twist to this year’s festivities. You can shop online for gifts that cater to different needs and preferences, such as gifts that one can wear, read, need, and experience.

Online Christmas Celebrations

Suppose you can’t have the usual big family gatherings this Christmas, aside from those already in your household bubble. Why not consider reconnecting with loved ones by including them in a virtual party?

You can share a themed Christmas idea with your loved ones and connect via Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime and share their celebrations despite their location. Together you can play drinking games and enjoy a craft party, for instance. Opening Christmas presents is an event in itself. You can make the celebration more special and memorable by getting a personalized family Christmas box for each of your loved ones. Fill a high-quality Christmas box with fantastic presents that children and adults will cherish. The box itself can be kept as a beautiful keepsake for years to come.

Christmas COVID Memorial

The festive season usually brings bittersweet memories of those that have passed on. COVID claimed and is still claiming a lot of lives this year. The ongoing pandemic is still wreaking havoc everywhere. Families are affected because of the passing of family members due to the coronavirus. Whether they passed away from COVID or other reasons, you can consider creating a new charitable Christmas tradition in the name of loved ones that have passed on.

The entire family can honor a loved one’s memory by engaging in a favorite cause or charity in their name or engaging in activities the loved ones were passionate about on Christmas day.

Memorial activities include: planting a tree in their honor, crafting remembrance ornaments to hang together with Christmas decorations, celebrating their rituals, and storytelling in their honor.

Safe Travelling

The year 2020 has been characterized by being bound indoors due to travel restrictions and social distancing. However, as the year draws to a close, travel restrictions in some locations are starting to get lifted. Airlines and other transportation modes have seemingly resumed operations.

If you are experiencing cabin fever as a family, you can plan a trip where social distancing continues to be observed. Ensure to research the travel restrictions and requirements of your place of residence and the place you intend to visit.

Keep in mind that even if travel is allowed during the pandemic, it’s best to be prepared and protected. Choose travel destinations that aren’t too crowded. Always wear your masks and other protective gear in public places. Remember to wash or sanitize your hands every time you have a chance. Practice social distancing. Have a contingency plan prepared, such as knowing the nearby hospitals or clinics. If traveling with kids and the elderly, make sure they’re adequately informed about the best practices when traveling in the time of COVID. Pregnant women and individuals with comorbidities should avoid traveling as much as possible. While traveling during the holidays can form lasting memories and strengthen your bond, you still need to care for your and your family’s health.

Random Acts of Kindness

Many families and individuals suffered a substantial loss this year because of COVID. Christmas can be a time to practice random acts of kindness. Downsizing on Christmas celebrations this year means that there might be some money to spare.

Random acts of kindness, such as paying for a struggling family’s Christmas shopping or dinner, can go a long way in restoring the festive season cheer. You can donate to a charity of your choice or share your groceries with a family in need, for instance. 

Christmas is typically when you gather together with your loved ones, which poses a high risk of infection during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Memorable Christmas Special Despite COVID

Despite the many changes during this year, the holiday season is still worth celebrating. It’s worth honoring your fondest memories of it. This festive season still remembers that it is vital to avoid in-person gatherings with people you do not co-habitat with. You should avoid attending activities with large gatherings.

In choosing ways to celebrate Christmas during COVID, consider that outdoor celebrations are better than indoor ones. They are not crowded, not within closed spaces, and are well-ventilated. Practice social distancing at all times and consider intimate settings this Christmas.

Alicia Trautwein is an Autism advocate, writer, motivational speaker, and dedicated mom of four. Alicia’s desire to advocate for Autism comes from her own autism diagnosis and that of her three children, niece, and brother. Her life’s mission is to educate on autism acceptance and change the world for future generations of autistic individuals.

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