Christmas 2020 is unlikely to be business as usual.
We have, in recent months, seen how significantly family gatherings contribute to spreading the virus. At times, with fatal consequences.
As such, planning this year’s holidays will take a bit more work and creativity than usual.
Here are a few ways to have a fabulous Covid Christmas 2020.
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While you can still celebrate with family and friends, you should keep the celebrations intimate.
The CDC does not currently limit the number of people in one place at a time, but a small number is one way to minimize infection risk.
Similarly, consider where guests will be traveling from and how long they can stay around. It might be wise to have a few people who love closest to yourself.
The best thing about a small guest list is that you can go all out on the invites.
Design aside, you can also use the invite to provide more information about the festivities.
Let your guests know what precautions you will be taking to keep them safe. Indicate the number of expected guests as well. This is important because everyone’s risk and tolerance levels are different.
Provide as many details as possible, as it helps guests know what to expect and prepare themselves for the party.
Have a COVID Checklist
Some of the things you will need to factor in this year are cleaning supplies. These include sanitizers to set up several sanitizing stations around your home.
If you regularly use cloth hand towels, substitute these with disposable hand towels. You can ask guests to bring their own masks or have some party-themed-ones on hand during the festivities. It helps to hire a professional cleaning and disinfecting service for your home, just in case you need extra help before and after any dinner or small gathering.
If you normally host Christmas dinner indoors, you might need to consider changing this up as well.
Consider setting your party outdoors in the backyard or lawn. You can winterize your backyard for everyone’s comfort. Get a good quality tent, hot hands, wearable blankets, outdoor heaters, and a fire pit.
Have a good supply of warm drinks as well to warm your guests up.
If the weather is too harsh to allow this or you do not have much space, then ensure to keep your windows open to allow maximum air circulation.
Whether you opt for indoor or outdoor seating, ensure to keep the 1-meter social distancing rule.
Make The Most Of Tradition.
While you might not be able to host all your relatives this year, there are some Christmas traditions that you can still engage in.
This year, more than ever, you can use this to highlight the Christmas spirit and end a rough year on a positive note.
Tree shopping is one thing you can do with your guests to lift their spirits. Once you bring a great tree home, you can get everyone’s input on how to decorate the tree.
Strive to be positive and to exude excitement despite the new normal Christmas celebration.
Find Outdoorsy Activities
After months of quarantine and restricted movement, your guests will understandably enjoy being outside.
Look up Christmas activities being held outdoors but with strict COVID protocols.
This can be a great way to unwind, enjoy Christmas with your guests, and usher in what will hopefully be a much better year.
Hosting always comes with some level of pressure. You might feel especially pressured this year because aside from a fun Christmas, you also need to create a safe environment. These tips will help you achieve both.
You will definitely need a good clean up after the festivities. Keep your energy up for 2021 by getting a reliable cleaning service to get your house sparkling clean.