There is no doubt that this year has been extremely strange and difficult for many families across the world. With such uncertainty around seeing loved ones this festive period, it’s going to be the little things that will help to make this Christmas feel special.
Coronavirus has changed so many aspects of our lives, and because of this, we have had to form new habits which will ultimately shape our behaviour over this season. So just how will we be celebrating Christmas this year?
The rule of six
Christmas is a time that people set aside to see their loved ones and extended families. However, due to the pandemic, the rule of six and other stricter restrictions have been implemented and are likely to quash the traditions of many families. Seeing as there is now a ban on gatherings of more than six people in most places, individuals aren’t going to be able to see anyone from outside their household for Christmas Eve drinks, or a Christmas Day feast.
Money may also dictate a lot this festive period. Due to setbacks in personal and professional lives, funds are going to be a lot tighter, which means families may have to restrict their spending on the likes of decorations, gifts and food.
Focusing on the positive smaller things
Instead of dwelling on the negatives, it’s important to focus on the things we can do to make this Christmas special. If you are sticking to a tighter budget this year, focus on buying lovely little gifts and stocking fillers, instead.
These will be more important for some and will give everyone something to open on Christmas Day. Or, if you have got kids who couldn’t possibly wait until the big day, there are a number of small thoughtful gifts you could present them with the day before, instead.
This festive season will undoubtedly be about being grateful for what you have more than ever before. Families from all walks of life have suffered through this year and the festive period will hopefully be a chance to focus more on quality family time and perhaps less on lavish gifts.
Although seeing loved ones in person may not be viable this year for some, that doesn’t mean we won’t be able to see the faces of our families – it will just have to be over video call instead.
This Christmas there is no doubt that we’ll see an increase in video call Christmas parties and celebrations between friends and families. After the year we’ve all had, it’s important to take the time to catch up with each other on these special days.
Whatever your plans are this Christmas, appreciate the time you do get to spend with your immediate family, and although it’ll be different, try to make lots of wonderful memories that can be cherished for years.
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