Things to Consider for Christmas 2020

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This year has been… an anomaly, to say the least. COVID-19 has taken centre stage for the best part of it, but now, there’s a glimmer of hope on the horizon – Christmas! If it’s not your favourite time of year, it probably should be. We’re already getting very excited, and we want to share some of the things we think you should be considering ahead of Christmas 2020.

For most people, the usual time of year to start thinking about Christmas is late October, early November, but this year things are a little different. If Christmas 2020 follows the same trend as the rest of the year, it’s going to be unlike anything we could’ve expected. Here are a few different things you should bear in mind if you’re starting to think about Christmas preparations. 

Deliveries might take longer than normal

One of the things you should definitely think about is the time it’s going to take for things to be delivered. Whether it’s gifts, food or cards, you can guarantee that there will be a huge backlog of deliveries that will arrive late this year.

With local lockdowns on the horizon, there will be fewer people than ever before going into shopping centres to do their Christmas shopping. Why would you risk going into town where there’s lots of potentially infected strangers when you could order everything you need from the comfort (and safety) of your home?

My advice is to plan and order your food shop well ahead of time. Brainstorm a list of gift ideas and start buying things way ahead of time you can always wrap them and keep them safe until nearer the time. You might even find it easier to have things delivered directly to people’s houses. I know, it ruins the surprise of Christmas, but it might be a more convenient option than trying to deliver things by hand. Which brings me to my second point…

Special arrangements for relatives

It’s going to be a difficult conversation when you have to sit down and explain why Santa is allowed in the house when other people aren’t. Assuming that social distancing will still be in place over Christmas, we might have to make some special arrangements if we still want to see our relatives this year.

Why not plan a festive FaceTime, Skype or Zoom call? You could all choose a different game to play and spend some virtual quality time together after your Christmas dinner. This will be a great opportunity for the little ones to say thank you for their gifts, and for adults to clink their glasses and say Merry Christmas.

Another option could be to set up an outdoor Christmas tree. This could be a tree (or sheltered place) out in the garden where elves (relatives who live locally) could drop off presents on Christmas day without having to come into the house. Worried the children will see and it’ll ruin Christmas? You might have to persuade Uncle Peter to put his stripey tights and pointy shoes on before he arrives!  

Get the decorations up early

I’ve got a feeling that people will be putting lots of effort into their Christmas decorations this year. They’ll be up earlier and they’ll be bigger and bolder than ever. After all, how could you possibly feel down when you’re living in Santa’s grotto?!

I’d recommend getting the Christmas decorations down from the loft, grabbing a step ladder so you can decorate those “hard to reach” areas, and giving your house the biggest, most extravagant Christmas makeover you’ve ever seen! I can guarantee that bright colourful lights will make you, and the passers-by, feel much better about the whole situation.

Have faith, with a little creativity and forward thinking, you can make sure that Christmas 2020 is one of the best Christmases you’ve ever had!

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