This year, the holiday season promises to be very special. Indeed, many traditions will have to be adapted to this atypical reality. That being said, it is still possible to make this time of year a festive one; we just need to be a little creative. To help you celebrate Christmas in a good mood despite a worldwide pandemic, we have prepared a few ideas that will surely inspire you.
First of all, you could find an original theme to animate this time of celebration. For example, you could choose to have a gala dinner, where the members of your household would have the opportunity to dress up. This would be the perfect time to bring out your fancy clothes, an old high school prom dress that no one dares to get rid of, or simply buy yourself a piece that will bring you some happiness and that may be used when gatherings are allowed again.
There are many other themes that could be exploited such as a white prom, a Hawaii theme, a movie you like and why not a costume party? The choices are endless. Once the theme is chosen, all that remains is to adapt your decor with the right colors and objects to put your guests in the right mood.
In a themed party, the attention to detail can make all the difference. In fact, the decoration even goes as far as the table setting! Leave the everyday plates in the cupboards and get some nice dinnerware sets, a table runner, centerpieces, a tablecloth and candle holders. Since so much of the celebration happens at the table, it would be absurd not to decorate it too.
In the spirit of novelty, let's also take a break from the meat pie and pies this year and encourage our local restaurants. In the current climate, many of our favorite addresses have turned to take-out, while maintaining their trademark flavors. The holiday season is an opportunity to do a good deed, but also to take a break from the apron and get ready. It's a win-win situation for everyone!
If you'd like to prepare the holiday meal, we also have an option that you might like. Why not get the whole household involved in preparing the dinner? Depending on the age of your children, they can choose a dish they like and then start preparing it. This can create a great family moment and it always tastes better when it's made with love.
Depending on the tradition, some people celebrate Christmas on the 24th and others on the 25th. It would be interesting to spread the festivities over several days this year. You could prepare special activities such as board games, scavenger hunts, movie screenings or even make photo montages of fond memories of the past year. You could also make cookies, build snow benches in the yard to enjoy a fire at any time of day, renovate a room that has been calling out to you for several weeks now, etc.
ADAPT YOUR PLANS TO A VIRTUAL FORMAT
Many of these activities can also be done on platforms such as Facetime, Messenger and Zoom. With a group of friends, you can synchronize your screens and thus listen to the same movie all together, chatting on the side to share your favorite moments. In addition, many games could be adapted to be played online. For example, it would be easy to play a game of Battleship, Draw Me a Picture, Taboo, Scattergories and many others! All you need to do is agree on the rules and you can even make your own game boards! It's so easy to have fun by getting together virtually.
We sincerely hope that this text has inspired you to make the most of this holiday season and to enjoy it to the fullest, despite the current situation. We wish you a wonderful holiday season and look forward to seeing you in 2021, rested by all those naps you can now afford!
Happy Holidays to all!
The ABP Team
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