Christmas was overshadowed by the pandemic last year, and many families were unable to reunite. As the UK slowly returns to normal, there is hope that Christmas should return in full force this year. Festive parties, Christmas traditions and family reunions could happen across the UK – if everything goes as planned.
The last year and a half have been challenging to say the least. It’s important for families and friends to come together again and celebrate the festive season again. Buy a few chocolate Christmas gifts for your friends and spend an evening watching the festive lights together. Nothing says Christmas like sweet treats and cold winter nights.
Here are a few ways you can make Christmas even more special this year.
Embrace cultural traditions
Cultural and religious traditions can remind us of our history and where we started. You could bring back some of your family traditions this Christmas – and they don’t have to be tied to religion either. You could embrace some of the little traditions you did as children, like putting a carrot out for Santa or dancing in the snow. Make Christmas magical this year and make time for fun over the holidays.
Draw names for gifts
Instead of spending heaps of money on gifts for everyone, host a family secret Santa instead. You can each pick a name card and buy a present for only that person. Set a budget of around £30 and ask everyone to make a wish list of some items they would like. Or, if you want it to be more of a surprise, you can attach a few of the person’s hobbies and interests to the name card.
Bring out the old fashioned decorations
Every family has a few vintage decorations that have been passed down through the generations. It may be a few ancient baubles from 50 years ago or some handmade decorations from when you were a child. Instead of leaving these in the box, put them on your Christmas tree this year. These ornaments have a story that will remind your family of all your festive times together.
Christmas is also a time to give back to the community. You could volunteer at a food bank or join an adopt a family program. Buy and wrap gifts for homeless shelters and donate some money to buy a few Christmas dinners.
You can make someone else’s Christmas much better with a few simple acts of kindness.