Five Christmas Preparations Your Family Needs in 2020

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There’s no escaping the fact that Christmas 2020 will be a little different from the usual festivities. Some of the local attractions you normally visit may be closed or highly restricted. It may become harder to see some friends and family too. Nevertheless, family festivities can still deliver plenty of magic.

Given that a lot of the festive period will be spent at home, it’s a location that needs more attention than ever before. Here are five simple steps that will ensure it’s a period you’ll cherish for life.

1) Organize The Home

If you are going to spend more time at home this winter, it’s vital that you unlock its full potential. Decorations will take up space and gifts will need new homes. As such, one of the first things you must do is get organized. Finding extra storage space in wardrobes or hidden spaces will transform the home. Meanwhile, losing bulky units in favor of wall mounts and shelving can pay dividends. When the home feels bigger and is easier to clean, it will set the perfect platform to build upon.

2) Focus On Family Fun

After the year we’ve all had, a little silliness will go a long way this Christmas. Funny festive pajamas can bring the family closer together when watching films on the sofa or enjoying a chilled Sunday. Opening your gifts while wearing the matching outfits can add something extra to the magical December 25 moments. Taking it old school with board games can help your family appreciate the simple joys. Presents are great, but presence is the most important gift at this time.

3) Stay Connected

It may be possible to see some of your friends and family during the festive period under socially distanced protocols. However, even standard flu and other minor illnesses will cause concern this year. As such, you can expect interactions with other households to encounter a significant reduction. Video calls and social media aren’t quite the same, but they do offer a good substitute. Quizzes and other activities can increase the festive fun. In truth, though, the simple knowledge that you are there for each other is amazing.

4) Master Festive Recipes

On Christmas Day itself, you may not want to deviate too far from the traditional lunch. However, the festive period is about more than one day. It’s a time to eat, drink, and be merry. Finding fun and simple baking treats can provide a fun family activity followed by great tasting goods. When the kitchen or dining table is decorated in festive tablecloths, it will add an extra ingredient to the excitement. These simple ideas shouldn’t be limited to this time of the year, but it is the perfect moment to embrace them.

5) Think Gifts That Make A Difference

The fact that 2020 has been a bit of a damp squib should encourage you to do more in 2021. Making this a focal point when buying gifts can play a telling factor. Buying your child’s first bike will allow you to explore the local attractions over the months to come. Garden games or products that enhance hobbies are good options too. When looking at gifts for adults, look for items that can support them in their goals for next year. This could relate to business, health, or any other aspect of their life.

With the right preparations in place, this can still be the best Christmas ever.

Bonus tip –

Winter is always a time for coughs, colds, and general seasonal blues. This year, COVID19 is going to be adding a whole new level of danger. You need to be prepared for it.

If you don’t already, it may be time to implement a “shoes off at the door” rule. This basically limits what can be brought into your main house. If you’re offering slippers or socks (or slipper socks), then you’ll need to be scrupulous about washing them.

Follow the example of businesses and have hand sanitizer near the door (and in other strategic locations). It’s nice to put some hand lotion alongside this as hand sanitizer can be very drying on the skin.

Open your windows and doors as much as you can. If you use air conditioning, make sure that it’s drawing in as much fresh air as possible rather than just recycling old air.

Be careful about having people huddled together in groups, whether that’s for food, conversation, games, or any other reason. Remember, you can and often should social-distance even indoors with people you know.
Last but not least, if you have any suspicions of COVID19, take action as quickly as possible. If you can’t or really don’t want to go to a doctor, you can order a COVID PCR test.

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