With the kind of year we all had, it’s hard to feel the Christmas spirit. Some of us might feel like The Grinch. But before you cancel Christmas, take a second to think of reasons to be thankful.
Christmas will be different this year. Many families might celebrate at home instead of going out in large groups. Some might celebrate it alone. But it could also be more intimate and meaningful.
You don’t have to spend a sad quarantine Christmas. We’ve prepared a few fun ideas to add a spark to your celebrations!
But first, here are a few quick reminders to ensure health and safety.
Check IATF Holiday Policies before Planning Your Quarantine Christmas
There will be a lot of restrictions when it comes to hosting Christmas parties this year. But that shouldn’t stop you from celebrating. The key is knowing what can and can’t be done. More importantly, follow safe and healthy quarantine Christmas plans.
IATF recommends keeping celebrations small. In fact, in Davao City, mass gatherings are not allowed. Celebrations must be low-key and must have no more than 25 guests.
This lowers the risk of getting exposed. But to be perfectly safe, it’s best to keep the celebration within the same household only.
This means a small family dinner party is doable.
“But I want to invite family over for Noche Buena!”
So here’s a tip: You and your family can get a swab test at least two weeks before Christmas. But here’s the catch. You and your family from different households should strictly self-quarantine. This way, you’ll have a very low risk of picking up the virus after getting tested.
Remember though that swab test results can be delayed. So take that into consideration.
Ready for some fun quarantine Christmas ideas?
Tips for Making Quarantine Christmas Fun
Choose the Traditions You Want to Keep
Was a grand family reunion a part of your Christmas tradition? That may not be possible this year. So try to think of other traditions you can keep.
Think about what matters to you the most and preserve it. It could be something simple like hanging Christmas socks. Or you can set up a simple Christmas tree.
You can also make special foods for you and your family. Better yet, you can start a new, more meaningful Christmas tradition.
Set up a Drive-in Movie Night
Want to spend time with family and friends? Why not set up a drive-in movie night? This way, you can see your loved one while social distancing.
This takes time and effort, but it’s really worth it if you can pull it off. Here’s what you can do:
- Look for a wide, open lot.
- Get your equipment ready and set up the projector.
- Invite your friends to join you for a drive-in movie night.
- Play a Christmas-themed movie.
Just make sure to stay in your car throughout the movie!
Or you can host a streaming party right in the comforts of your home.
Hop on a Video Call With Santa
Treat your kids to a meet and greet with Santa Claus! But this time, skip sitting on his lap.
How to do this?
Ask a family member to dress up as Santa. Grandpa can do this for his grandchildren. Then hop on a Zoom call with them.
This is a great way of staying connected with family. Plus, it’s a wonderful experience for kids. Something they’ll never forget.
Another option is the Santa’s Club. They promise personalized virtual visits with Santa. This is great if you don’t mind paying $50 for the experience.
Host a Virtual Party
Just because you can’t get together doesn’t mean you’ll have to spend quarantine Christmas alone. Set up a Zoom party instead!
Get your champagne ready and cheers over a video call with family and friends. Prepare conversation starters. Or come up with a few games that’ll surely keep everyone entertained.
Here are a few fun game ideas:
- Cards Against Humanity
- Most Likely To…
- Put A Finger Down…
Spread Joy and Love
Christmas reminds us of love and joy. Despite spending it away from family and friends, there are ways to make them feel loved and appreciated.
So go ahead and spread happiness this quarantine Christmas. Here are a few ideas:
- Send handwritten love notes to your loved ones.
- Make Christmas cookies and leave some for neighbors.
- Send a paid-for food delivery to a friend’s house.
Make This Quarantine Christmas Extra Special
It’s hard to remember every detail from the past holidays. But one thing’s for sure, this year’s Christmas will stand out from your memories.
That’s why it’s important to make it count. Things may be rough, but there are still plenty of reasons to be thankful for.