Alternative ways to celebrate this Christmas

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 Alternative ways to celebrate Christmas

Alternative ways to celebrate Christmas

The safest way to protect yourself and others this Christmas is to stay within your current bubble. It’s tough, but ultimately if you want to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus, staying at home is the best option.   

So, how can you still make the most of Christmas but keep a healthy distance between you and others? Here are a few ideas to inspire you.

Ring those bells

On Christmas Eve, join in as children across the country head to their doorsteps at 6pm to make some noise in anticipation of Father Christmas’ arrival. 

Go virtual

  • ask family and friends to read Christmas books to children over the phone
  • set up video calls for present opening
  • watch festive films and the big events together while video calling (Queen’s speech at 3pm anyone?)
  • eat dinner together virtually (you’ll need to allow screens at the table)
  • get quizzical. Host a virtual Christmas quiz

Go wild

  • although not completely risk-free, spending time in the great outdoors (while social distancing) can reduce viruses spreading
  • try to avoid busy areas and other people
  • if you have children, walking activities can keep them busy on your trek (such as animal spotting, leaf rubbings and photo challenges)
  • why not go alfresco with the turkey and trimmings? Take Christmas onto the patio, with blankets and log burners

Volunteer your time

Even in normal years, Christmas can be a tough and lonely time. This year for many it is going to be harder. If you have the time and feel you are in a good position to support others, many charities and organisations are looking for volunteers. Find links to volunteering organisations via our website

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