The best Christmas celebrations are those spent with those you love. Whilst the 2020 pandemic is keeping some families apart, here we look at some Christmas ideas once the presents are unwrapped and a favourite brunch has been devoured. These ideas will keep you busy, keep you connected and make for a merry Christmas.
Decorate your home with Christmas decorations
Home is where the heart of Christmas is going to take place for most of us in 2020. Make sure you have a space that fits your dreams of a Christmas wonderland. Buy or make some new Christmas decorations, such as hand-painted Christmas salt dough ornaments.
Plan ahead to make sure you have Christmas gifts for your nearest and dearest. If you have a girlfriend, fiancée or wife, choose special Christmas gifts for her, whether a piece of jewellery incorporating the romance of a red rose and diamonds or perhaps a pair of shoes you know she would really love. Include a card with your gift, even if just to say a few words about how grateful you are to have her in your life.
Start Christmas day in style with festive breads, pancakes, eggs, smoked salmon and other treats. Choose a breakfast you can prepare in advance so that all you have to do in the morning is warm it through for a special treat. Try a batch of sweet Stollen buns to enjoy at breakfast or teatime.
Celebrate Christmas early by decorating some freshly baked cinnamon biscuits that make your home smell delicious. There are dozens of recipes online to choose from, from snowman biscuits that you can freeze for freshness, vegetarian gingerbread biscuits that also make great presents for friends and family or try classic florentines with cherries and pistachios and coated in chocolate
Meet Santa online
Meeting Santa at the mall during the holiday season is not going to be possible for everyone, so search him out online. Santa is available to chat on the phone with children or you can track his Christmas Eve route to see when he’s due to be overhead. You can even download the newscast where the presenter tells the kids they have to go to bed as Santa is visiting.
Mix a festive cocktail
Create your own cocktail bar to make your own Christmas Cosmopolitans. You will need some cranberry liqueur, vodka, a spiced sugar syrup just right for Christmas, lemon juice, a couple of martini glasses and a cocktail shaker. You can find lots of recipes to use up whatever liqueurs are in your drinks cabinet to whip up a batch of drinks on Christmas day.
Create a holiday playlist of all your favourite Christmas tunes. Make it more fun by investing in a karaoke microphone so that you can sing along, including class Christmas songs that everyone in the family can join in as well as individual favourites.
See your friends and family over Christmas by hosting an online party with a few games. Include conversation starter games so there are no awkward silences. These conversation starters could lead you to find out more about your family members.
Christmas dinner may be a smaller event this year, but it still deserves to be a special event to mark the day. You can choose your own menu or stick with the traditional treats of turkey, goose, beef or a nut roast. If you prefer, enjoy a good curry or a wide variety of tapas to see you through the day.