Christmas is coming. With everything going on in the world, we’ve all had other things on our mind, and the festive season has crept up under the radar. But now the weather is getting colder, trees and decorations are on sale, and it’s time to start thinking about your Christmas list.
But with the pandemic still in full swing, it’s difficult to predict what Christmas in 2020 will look like. Will you be able to spend the period with your extended family, or will your celebrations be limited to your immediate household? Will you even be able to leave the house, buy a turkey, or go to church on Christmas Eve? It’s still too early to say, but one thing is certain: this will not be your average Christmas.
For many people, December 25th is the highlight of the year. And no one can deny, with everything 2020 has brought us, we all need a merry Christmas. And no matter what restrictions the pandemic imposes on us this year, you can still have a fantastic festive period. Although your finances might be struggling and you will be separated from your loved ones, Christmas is not canceled. With this in mind, here are some tips for surviving a lockdown Christmas.
Get your Christmas gifts early
It’s been a stressful year, so Christmas should be a time of rest and relaxation. It certainly shouldn’t add to your anxiety and worry. Buying gifts is often one of the most frustrating aspects of Christmas. Especially if you’re the kind of person who does their shopping at the last minute. Take steps to alleviate your festive stress levels by buying your presents as early as possible. When December finally rolls around, you can sit back with a hot chocolate and relax. If you’re unsure where to start, check out these Christmas gift ideas.
Make time for distant loved ones
A lot of people have family overseas or vulnerable relatives they won’t be able to meet up with on Christmas Day. This is difficult for everyone, particularly if you or your loved ones will be alone. It’s important to make time for those struggling this year, so ensure you check in with your family and friends on Christmas Day. Schedule a video chat with the whole family, or make a quick phone call to say Merry Christmas and let someone know you’re thinking of them.
Spend time apart
For many families, Christmas is one of the few times of the year when everyone gets together for some quality time. But with the travel restrictions and lockdowns this year, many households have had quite enough of each other already. Being confined under the same roof can lead to resentments and arguing, so everyone in the family must have the opportunity to get some time to themselves. Whether it’s going for a short walk on your own or taking a bath with a glass of wine and some Christmas carols, a little me-time can be hugely beneficial for family togetherness.