Updated: Dec 23, 2021
London, Thursday, 23 December 2021
The years 2020 and 2021 have been the craziest of our lives. It has turned everything we know and do on its head, necessitating some really creative improvisation.
If you're a parent dealing with the COVID chaos, I'm sure the holidays have crossed your thoughts with a mixture of excitement and fear. We've come up with a few ways for celebrating Christmas while Social Distancing.
1. Caroling on the internet
Caroling is a wonderful, centuries-old custom. To spread Christmas happiness and lift people's spirits, families would congregate around the fire place or out in the town and sing songs.
Caroling is progressively fading from our social scene as more non-religious ways of commemorating Christmas become more popular. We think having a communal internet sing-along with friends and family would be a terrific idea! Not only would it be a little chaotic at first to get the harmony and pitch perfect (especially for those who don't know the carols), but we could also take turns singing one by one so that the transmission delay doesn't ruin the fun.
This can be done in a variety of ways to bring people together, have some fun, and keep the spirit of community that Christmas is known for.
2. Sending Handmade Gifts in the Mail
Giving someone a handcrafted present demonstrates thoughtfulness, care, and love. It adds a personal touch and builds a greater link between the receiver and the giver than any department store voucher. Make a gift for someone and ship it to them as a surprise.
3. Astound the delivery personnel
We used to always leave a Christmas card for the delivery people and would hide and watch their faces when they saw a card addressed to them sitting on our mail boxes with the words "Dear Delivery Person" written on it. They are the genuine Little Helpers of Santa Claus.
This year will be particularly busy for them, as social isolation and travel limitations will lead to an increase in the number of people sending gifts by mail. Do your part to spread Christmas cheer to those who are delivering our gifts.
4. Spread Christmas cheer to vital employees
They have been true heroes in our struggle against COVID and the societal devastation it has wrought. Supermarket employees, delivery drivers, bus and rail drivers, cleaners, and medical personnel are among the many unsung heroes of the pandemic. Make charming small ornaments, gift cards, and add your own personal touch for individuals who may not be able to take time off during the holidays.
5. Go on a house-wide scavenger hunt
This year, more of us will be at home than in recent years. Get everyone out and about with a fun-filled scavenger hunt instead of being overfed and bored. Make a team out of everyone in the home and hold a race to see who finishes first and gets the prize.
6. Surprising Gifts
Nothing is more heart-warming than receiving a gift from an unknown sender. Allow your children to pick a few family members and deliver a gift to them in secret. You can also include a little thank-you note.
7. Christmas Drive-By
We all enjoy going from house to house during the Christmas season, seeing the various Christmas decorations. This year, we may contribute to it by singing Christmas carols outside our homes, waving to passers-by, and wishing them a Merry Christmas. Many drive-by Christmas ideas, such as hanging Christmas cards and drive-by tree decorations, can be found online.
Everyone feels pleased and joyful when they see their own handiwork and creativity on display. This year, keep your family occupied by making homemade decorations like paper chains and pop cor garlands.
9. Volunteer or assist those who are going through a difficult time
This year has been difficult for everyone, but many people are dealing with it even more so. Many people have lost their jobs, their salaries have vanished, their businesses have failed, and they have lost loved ones. As awful as it is, this is an excellent opportunity for us to teach our children about the true spirit of Christmas — giving, sharing, serving, and contributing to the well-being of others.
Request that your children select some of their clothes and toys to donate to youngsters in need. You can also request food suggestions on what to make or cook to donate to the local food bank.
10. Take advantage of a candid camera moment
Pose for hilarious shots with your family and friends to chase away the blues of the year. You can dress up, make ridiculous faces, or film yourself doing something silly. Send it to someone you know who could appreciate a nice laugh and some holiday happiness.
Laughter is the best medicine, and you may help someone who is upset by doing so!
(Written by: The Decision Maker)