We had a feeling this Christmas was going to be different, but we all were hoping for a better outcome. Things will be better soon, but in the meantime, with one of the most celebrated holidays we have to think outside of the box when it comes to our safety and gatherings.
As we so desperately want to spend the holidays with our family and friends, Which I get, we have to remain mindful about not only our health, but the health of our children, parents, and extended families. Not everyone has underlying conditions, but that still does not mean that they are safe from this virus and cannot suffer tremendously if contracted.
There are some ways to prioritize your safety and well being during this holiday season. Here, I am going to help you figure out how to accomplish this, if you cannot absolutely go without being around others.
3 Ways to Set the Tone During a Covid Christmas
1. Communicate clear boundaries
Remind your guests that they are welcome, but things will be different this time around. Now, I know not everyone accepts CDC guidelines and what-not, but you as a human should want to make a difference in people’s lives in a non-selfish, positive way. This means, masks aren’t a bad idea. I would also suggest making them wash their hands as they come into your house. This should be a part of good hygiene, anyway, especially during flu season. Staying 6 ft. from one another is another wise choice to make. Shoe covers are another barrier against inviting covid inside your house into your rooms/kitchen/ restrooms/ etc., that you will eventually step on and spread onto your bed. And NO SHARING DRINKS. You are probably looking forward to taking shots with your company, but I highly doubt you will be keeping track of who’s shot glass belongs to who and if you’re taking shots, chances are you won’t think clearly and could care less. That is up until you begin feeling symptoms a few days later…. One important thing to remember, after everyone leaves, sanitize every part of your house. Doorknobs, light fixtures, restrooms, sinks, toilets, floors, couches, tables, chairs…. basically – EVERYTHING.
2. Set the standards
Not only do you all have to think about yourselves, but also about the other guests that will be around everyone else as well. There is no telling who they can possibly come in contact with for the next 14 days after leaving your house and who’s body cannot fight a virus such as covid. Let’s keep an open mind and remember those who have a weak immunity and even those who don’t know that they do actually have an underlying condition. This applies to you as well. Safety begins with you and your household rules. Right now, your choices may affect someone’s life, even someone who you don’t personally know. Be responsible and caring.
3. Skip gifts and enjoy the time instead
This couldn’t be a better idea for many reasons. This year has been hard on a lot of people, not only in a health perspective, but financial situations have been shaken. Some have to save their every penny they can as jobs aren’t as secure as before. Jobs that are open today may shut down tomorrow. Layoff’s may be a companies only resort to stay afloat. Not to mention, exchanging gifts may also include exchanging covid. Skip gifts this year and instead focus on the guests that are able to attend and cherish making those memories. As we may have figured out, this year was the year of being grateful for those we do have in our lives and appreciate the moments spent in togetherness.
Remembering Those Who Choose To Stay Home
Christmas is a time to be with those you appreciate and love the most. Though, this may not be an option for many that does not mean they cannot be a part of the memories. Visit virtually with those who cannot join you during this time. Set time aside to make phone calls to them and send them Merry Blessings.
Stay safe. Protect yourself and the little ones who depend on you to protect them. Keep the peace. Laugh, Love, Make memories, and maintain a safe distance from everyone else. Merry Christmas and may this be the last Christmas that’s been pandemic-tized!
18 replies on “A Covid Christmas”
Definitely! A good reminder for the holidays🎄
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Thank you and Merry Christmas!
I love the “skip gifts and enjoy time together”! THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. I feel like even though Covid is a bad thing in itself, it teaches us to love more, take care of ourselves and others around us.
I totally agree with you. We should hope for the better but in the mean time enjoy ourselves while staying in our limits.
Stay safe! 🙂
Covid has certainly taught me alot… the hard way, but maybe that’s what the world needed at this moment. Thanks!
Only if everyone felt this way we could all have a safer Christmas this year, it will get better soon
Great points for all to consider!
Yes, indeed! Thank you!
A good reminder for the holiday! I hope people aware of this. Thank you for sharing, stay safe x
Stay safe and Merry Christmas!
This is a very thoughtful post. No doubt we all want to be with our families, but we should put in place measures to make it a safe Christmas.
Definitely! And Merry Safe Christmas!
I love this! What a great reminder for the upcoming holiday! Sanitize all the time.
Absolutely! Keep safe 🙂
What a great post with great tips! I specifically liked the no gifts tip – this year has been hard financially for most people and easing the pressure will help a lot of people who want to celebrate but can’t afford presents! Be safe everyone!
Be safe and have a very Merry Christmas!
Great tips! My partner and I decided not to do gifts since between the two of us we’ve lost 20 months of work this year. Instead we decided to get ourselves some small things we’ve been needing around the house which I don’t mind it at all. Christmas isn’t supposed to be about the presents. Not being able to see family will be tough though.
I love getting things for around the house, haha! You know you will get the most use of those! I know, this Christmas will be quite different, but makes for an even better Christmas for all the years to come.