Breaking tradition: having a different kind of Christmas

21 December 2020

Tradition is important to many of us. It helps us feel a sense of belonging and give us stability in a chaotic, unpredictable world.Father and daughter laughing next to a Christmas tree

That said, this year has been anything but normal thanks to the pandemic. For us to protect our loved ones into the new year, many of our Christmas traditions will need to be adjusted.

Whether you’re sharing it with a few family members or spending it alone, you can still have yourself a very merry little Christmas.

Here are some of our suggestions to make your day memorable.

Make your breakfast exciting

Spice up your breakfast on Christmas morning to make the day extra special – especially if your usual is a bowl of beige cereal. How does pouched eggs on toasted English muffins sound? Or, if you’re after something sweet, you could bake cinnamon rolls the night before.

Party virtually

As you will have almost certainly experienced yourself, a get-together during COVID means jumping on a group call and Christmas will be no exception. This is a great way to see everyone at Christmas while staying safe.

As well as having a festive natter, you could also play games, have a fancy dress party, do a quiz, or even a talent show! All these are great ways to boost the festive cheer.

Top tip: if your videocalls get a bit hectic, with people speaking over one another, try setting up a few basic rules like raising your hand if you want to speak. This will ensure everyone’s heard and stops the battle of who can shout the loudest.

Watch a festive film

Snuggling up on the sofa and watching your favourite Christmas film should never go underrated. This is especially encouraged after eating Christmas dinner to help you unwind.

Make a Santa appearance

For the kids – and the big kids – in the family why not organise a video call with Father Christmas himself. All you need is a Santa Claus costume and a willing family member to take part.

Make some easy salt dough ornaments

Getting creative at Christmas is a great way to get into the spirit of things, and something very easy and cost efficient is salt dough ornaments. All you need is flour, salt and water, find out how you can make them.

If you want it to commemorate the year, don’t forget to write or paint 2020 on it!

Go for an after dinner walk

What better way to burn off all the Brussels sprouts than a nice walk. It’s also a great way to see some seasonal wildlife like the woodlark or red squirrel.

Ugly Christmas jumper competition

After opening your presents, don’t let all the ribbons and bows go to waste, use them to style an old top or jumper. Take a few snaps and send them to your family and friends, challenging them to make one too.

Reflect on the year

Christmas is a perfect time to look back on the year at the highs and the lows. Why not go round the table or the virtual “table” and ask friends and family what their highlights have been. Here’s a few questions to get you started: “What is the most important lesson you’ve learnt this year? What challenges did you overcome? What are you thankful this year? What advice would you give your last-year self?”

Hopefully by next Christmas we might be able to do the traditional things that we usually do. But for now, let’s embrace change and make it a Christmas to remember!