Christmas is almost upon us once more and while this year is looking a little more festive than last, there are still questions about how the holidays are going to roll out. With travel advisories coming down and rumbles about whether or not schools will remain open, let alone what will happen to local restaurants, entertainment venues, or other local stores, who knows what the end of the year will bring. Will it be another holiday spent at home with your immediate housemates or will guests be allowed to join round the holiday table?
It looks like it’s shaping up to be another Covid Christmas…
Planning for the Holidays During Covid
Fear not! If you are worried about whether your holidays will hold 3 people or 30, there are things you can do to ensure spirits are bright regardless. Planning is half of the work for Christmas festivities, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. Too much or too little? Plan for both this holiday season!
- Do your holiday baking ahead of time. Plan for enough for your originally expected guest list. Freeze your goodies as you go and pull out what you need, when it comes time for the big day. Alternatively, gift your neighbours with holiday goodies too. That way nothing is wasted regardless of the size of your guest list.
- Buy the big turkey or ham. If you can’t have people over, freeze what you don’t use. Think of it as meal prep for later!
- Pare down the hoopla and plan for a simpler holiday gathering. Maybe this still isn’t the year to go all out with decorations, food, and events. We cannot control what’s going on in the world, but we can control our own response to it. Opt for simpler fare to reduce your workload and stress. That way if your guest list shrinks, you have less waste and less hassle, making for a more joyful time overall. Mindset matters!
- If you find people cancelling, donate gifts to area organizations who give to families in need to help everyone have a brighter holiday. Same thing goes with food. Area food banks are under incredible stress to feed the ever-increasing less fortunate. If you find yourself more fortunate, spread the love around.
- Again, mindset matters! If plans change, go with the flow. Be thankful for what you have and the people you are fortunate enough to have around you. Do porch visits. Jump back on Zoom. Go for a drive or walk to see holiday decor in your area. Whatever you do, aim for a positive attitude and see the difference your outlook has.
We live in strange times, but that doesn’t mean we cannot celebrate with friends and family in a safe and considerate manner. Do your best and be thankful for all you have. Happy holidays from Revival Home Renovations!