Planning Your Family For Christmas Party: Covid-19 Style

There’s not a soul on the planet who won’t cheer when 2020 comes to an end. But it’s not over until the fat lady sings and there’s one huge elephant in the room before we get there.

Whatever you usually do for Christmas, the chances are that this year will look very different. 

Some families will not be able to meet their loved ones at all this year.

Some families will have to meet outdoors only. Others may be able to host a get-together, but even then, it will need careful planning. 

Stay Informed 

First thing is first. Check the local regulations in your area or district. What may be permitted can change fast, so it is v­­ital to stay informed about any guidelines or laws that may affect your event.

Make A Plan

This year, you need a plan like never before. Before deciding what to do for your party, you need to consider who is coming, as it directly affects what you do.

If you have family members who are shielding, think up ways of including them. If they are unable to attend the real-life event, make sure they can participate via phone, Skype, or Zoom. 

On top of this, you also need to consider your other guests. Are you hosting kids? Elderly relations? 

Set out your plan for accommodating them all – in a socially distanced manner.

Make A Plan B

Unfortunately, 2020 is not done with us yet and it would be wise to have a plan B in place if your party cannot go ahead.

Venue

The first big decision to make is the venue – and whether there even is to be one.

Online

If you are hosting part or all of your event virtually, take the time to plan it just as carefully as you would a real-life event. 

Organize your home area, ready for the virtual party, decorations, and everything needed for the event.

Help prepare your guests to join in virtually, with tech troubleshooting on hand.

At Home

If you have decided to go ahead and host an event at home, then think about the suitability of it carefully.

With social distancing, people will need a lot more space than usual. They will also need individual cutlery and crockery and their nibbles/ food. It should go without saying that buffets are completely OUT this year!

Outside

With people isolating and many local areas still banning indoor gatherings, you may have no other choice but to host your family event outdoors… in December!

Yes, this is a challenge, but some things can be done. If you have space and means, consider patio heaters, awnings, and marquees for an outdoor Christmas party.

This year Santa might be forced to stay outdoors, so why not make him a grotto? If there’s snow, then it’s even better!

A Christmas bonfire could help warm things up. Just as with an indoor event, chairs still need to be socially distanced, and there should be plenty of hand gel, etc., available.

Outdoor – Drive Thru

Maybe it is just too cold for going outside, in which case consider a drive-thru event for guests to see your family Christmas lights display.

You can also organize a Christmas present drop off/ pick up point, with Christmas bakes and other goodies.

Prepare

Some families are choosing to isolate before Christmas to be “safe” to visit. If this is an option, it might reassure older or vulnerable family members.

Take A Test

Finally, before the big event, if possible, take a Covid test and encourage your guests to do likewise. This will help keep everyone safe during Christmas 2020 and beyond.

6 Things You Can Do To Stay Mentally Healthy During Quarantine 2020

Getting through lockdown is tough. And even when it is lifted, you may need to isolate, either temporarily or for a longer period.

Routine

Routine is the framework in which your life sits. In isolation, it falls apart. 

 Suddenly, you find yourself adrift and drowning.

Unless you already work from home, this can come as a big shock. And even for parents who already do work at home, adjusting to the kids being home can be a significant challenge!

So, we have some tips for finding your family/work/life balance.

  • Set Your Alarm – a few lie-ins are great and necessary refresher. Having them every day can quickly spiral into a whole-day-under-the-duvet scenario. This may feed into depression.

Getting up, dressed, and ready is crucial to the maintenance of any routine. Find out what suits you best, and try to stick to it.

It will also help kids when home-schooling.

  • Prioritize – If you’re working from home for the first time, it is easy to be overwhelmed – especially if you have kids.

This is why it is good to prioritize your needs for the day and plan out when to achieve each goal in a realistic timescale.

Be kind to yourself – with a family in the mix, you may not be able to do everything you plan.

  • Have Your Own Space – Anyone with kids will know well the difficulties in working in a family or communal area.

Put your workstation somewhere you can work uninterrupted. If this is not possible, try and figure out what times of day are the best for getting your own space in a shared room. 

Once you have your desk space, your headspace will come automatically.

  • Reach Out – Humans are social creatures and being stuck at home is lonely– even for families in isolation.

Although you may be unable to go out at the moment, or as much, there are other ways to socialize.

Make it a habit to get in touch with one friend, family member, or other of your support network daily.

The same for your kids. Clubs and sleepovers may be out, but make sure they can still connect with their friends on their terms.

Join online groups. A lot is going on in your local area to get involved with, even if it is only to chat online or over the phone.

  • Get Out Of The House – Getting out, both on your own and with the kids, is vital to good mental and physical health. Try and get a routine going and rotate the places you go visit to keep it fresh. 
  • Make The Most Of It –This might sound odd but being at try and make the best of your time together as a family.

We know this is hard, especially for working parents, so try and be gentle with yourself and find time to do one thing you enjoy each day.

Although it feels like forever, this time will soon pass, and it is important to try and enjoy it as much as possible.