Without a doubt, this Christmas is going to be different. A lot. The coronavirus is also changing the way we celebrate our traditions. At the moment we do not know if we can celebrate it with friends and family or how many people the meetings will be. Nor if there will be company meals or parties. Or if it will be possible to celebrate it outside the home.
But, even if they are different parties, we can follow some simple guidelines to celebrate them in a safe way. Here we give you five ideas to enjoy Christmas and Christmas Eve of the COVID with the greatest precautions.
To avoid risks, it is also recommended that guests remain seated. That is why we suggest that you act as the perfect host and serve the food from the trays, thereby reducing the chances of them getting up.
This year it is better that you do not put a catering table from which your guests can serve themselves. It is better that you leave the food already prepared in front of the plate of each diner. So they will not touch anything other than what each one is going to eat. Avoid single-use plastic containers. Always use materials that can be washed or recycled.
Prepare the patio or garden of your house and install the main table there. Outdoor lighting has a special role. Hang some LED string lights and place candles on the Christmas table. You can also put some candles or indirect lights on the window posts or in the flower pots or planters.
To counteract the low temperatures, place outdoor heaters near the table and some blankets on the chairs. Choose fur clothes or plaid blankets. It will give it a warm and Christmas touch. Combine the outerwear patterns with the table linen and add some fluffy Christmas cushions for the chairs.
Say YES to gifts
Prepare purchases in advance through local stores or online sales platforms and send them by courier to their destination. Count on the collaboration of some "Christmas elves" to hide the gifts until the appointed date, and you will be able to be present on Christmas Eve of the COVID of the people you have further away.
Here are several ideas:
⦁ Christmas cinema. Let the kids choose the Christmas movies they like the most and host a home theater afternoon with homemade popcorn.
⦁ Marathon of stories. Prepare your favorite Christmas stories' narration and accompany it with a good hot chocolate with some melted clouds.
⦁ Pastries. Kids will love to partake in a good batch of Christmas cookies. Here you have many recipes to choose from, but what you cannot miss is a shower of flour and many photos with smiles full of chocolate.
Solidarity on Christmas Eve of COVID
For example, if there is a nursing home close to home, you can talk to those responsible for giving them some homemade COVID Christmas Eve cards that you have personalized for each older adult.