When we wrote this blog last year about festive events, not in our wildest dreams did we think this Christmas would be so riotously different! After the year we’ve all had it would be easy to submit to the want to swerve Christmas all together this year, hide under the duvet and hibernate until 1st January. But with all the talk of “Cancelling Christmas” maybe trying to find the magic in the alternative ideas this year is the way to go to restore some of the happiness and end the year on a high.
Whilst there is a good chance many of us will be able to see some family over the Christmas period, which ultimately is the most important thing to the masses, sadly countless people won’t be able to. Perhaps they’re not able to travel to spend time with their families or maybe they have a vulnerable person they need to protect. So, if you can’t see family, large gatherings such as Christmas markets are cancelled, many pantomimes aren’t allowed to go ahead, visits to Father Christmas are off the cards and you can’t even go for a Christmas tipple in your local pub…how can you keep the magic alive? Here are a few ways we think you can still find that Christmas sparkle.
Local lights displays: Whether their Christmas spirit is alive and well or a little frosty beneath the surface, most people are continuing to adorn their homes with the usual uplifting lights and decorations. Lots of residents in all areas create the most spectacular displays, often in aid of a charity. Why not go for a nice wintery evening walk, take a look at the lights and inhale the festive atmosphere! You could take a flask of coffee or hot chocolate to keep you warm or maybe stop off somewhere and support your local independent coffee shop at the same time.
Black taxi tours: Visiting big Cities to enjoy their lights and shop displays are an age old Christmas tradition. Lots of people will be continuing this this year and in some ways it may be more enjoyable as there will be less crowds. Of course, your personal circumstances may determine this is not an option for you this year. If so, there is no need to miss out! Many city taxi services, for example black taxis in London, are offering door to door tours. They will collect you from your home, drive you in a Covid secure car to the city and using their expertise, take you on a guided tour of the wondrous landmarks basking in all their festive glory before taking you back home. It’s a fantastic way to safely see the displays whilst also helping the taxi service industry during a very difficult time.
Online entertainment: Panto is a quaint British tradition which has been at the heart of many a Christmas celebration for generations. A small number of theatres have been given the go ahead to open but sadly most are unable to welcome audiences this year. But unsurprisingly in 2020, the year of adaptation, many performing arts companies are offering online performances. So, settle on the sofa, surround yourself with popcorn and treats and WATCH OUT! HE’S BEHIIIIND YOOOOUUUU!!!
Slow down: If you can’t or don’t actually want to do any of the above, then simply embrace the quiet this year. Christmas can be incredibly frantic and stressful so enjoy the slower pace. Stay in your pyjamas all day, appreciate not having to prepare food for a small army, play board games, do puzzles, watch all the television programmes you usually have to sacrifice as the host and just relax.
Although it probably won’t be the usual busy celebration, filled with days out and impromptu visitors there are some benefits to doing Christmas so differently this year. And above all else, Elf on the Shelf having to quarantine for 14 days has to take the top spot!
"Christmas isn't a season. It's a feeling." - Edna Ferber
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