How You Can Still Make Christmas Special This Year

Christmas tree, Christmas Stockings and Christmas wreath by the fireplace

Many Christmas events have been cancelled up and down the country this year.

With the recent announcement of the latest lockdown measures the usual Christmas festivities we know and love will unfortunately be cancelled this year.

For many families, this will understandably cause great upset and leave many wondering what their alternative options might be. Whilst we won’t be able to celebrate in the traditional sense by  arranging a visit to a Christmas lights display, or planning a trip to the school fayre where the kids can meet Santa, all hope may not be lost just yet.

Here’s a few ideas we’ve pulled together to help save Christmas:

Creating a Grotto at home

Unfortunately, this year we won’t be able to take our children to visit Santa in the traditional sense as in previous years at the local shopping centre or at a school Christmas open day. However, there’s no reason why they should miss out altogether. 

Parent dressed up as Father Christmas with two children

This year, why not get inventive and create a grotto at home? Dad can dress up as Santa Claus this year and make a guest appearance one afternoon with a small gift for each family member, such as chocolate Santa gifts to brighten their day.

Lighting up the garden

One of the major highlights of Christmas is going out to light displays and being able to enjoy seeing woodland areas and streets brightly lit for miles. Again, this year going out and about around town to see the most impressive light displays may be a little tricker, due to funding cuts and in a bid to also discourage crowds from gathering.

Christmas reindeer (deer with lights) in the garden at night. Christmas decorations. Illuminated reindeer.

Instead, why not try and make your own little light display at home and make your garden a dazzling winter wonderland for everyone to enjoy? Some fairy lights draped over branches and woven through bushes will help illuminate your garden and turn it into a truly festive looking space to enjoy.

‘Seeing’ friends and family

Whilst we won’t be able to see most of our friends and family as we would do normally over Christmas, this doesn’t mean you or your family need to miss out on catching up with your nearest and dearest. This year has seen us adapt how we communicate in many ways we could never have predicted before and we have all become au fait with how to make video calls, meaning we don’t have to miss out completely on seeing family and friends during the festive period, even if it means we can’t do it in the traditional sense this year.

Coronavirus has turned everyone’s lives upside down this year and it is a fact that Christmas this year will be far from the usual celebration. However, that’s not to say we can’t embrace it, albeit in a different way. 

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