The year 2020 has been a hard one for most of us, which may have included struggles with loneliness, self-isolation, illness, grief, financial difficulties or redundancy. Throughout the struggles that we have all faced this year, people are looking forward to a wonderful, warm and inspiring Christmas.
Instead of enjoying a holly jolly, Christmas season of gatherings, carolling and travel, Christmas traditions may look slightly different in 2020. Most of the promised shows and tours have been cancelled. Children may not have the same experience as seeing Santa in person. Indoor gatherings will be limited to immediate household members only and a maximum of five people, but one thing that cannot be taken away from us is the spirit of Christmas. There is nothing like a little bit of the Christmas spirit to put a smile on someone’s face. It may also help you to deal with some of those pandemic blues. Just as we have adapted to a lot of what has been called “the new normal,” we will also adjust to new ways to celebrate Christmas.
For some of us, it just is not a festive season without a trip to a Christmas Market. Of course, the most familiar – and economically vital – aspect of Christmas is giving gifts. As it stands, your Christmas shopping should go ahead as planned and within your personal comfort zone unless non-essential retail is forced to close once again. This year, we still have the Cedar Creek Gardens Christmas Store for all the Christmas decor, gifts, and so much more. Do not forget your face covering, and be prepared to socially distance yourself from the other shoppers.
Ordering online this year could be the best alternative to ensure your Christmas becomes a reality to some extent. WinterGreen Fine Craft Market is also online. There are thousands of hand-crafted pieces of work by new and returning local artists. If you love authentic, handmade and local crafts, you should not miss out on it.
In December, festive celebrations are as essential a part of Christmas as the big day itself but they will look a bit different this year. Christmas parties are being organized virtually by businesses to give their remote employees the chance to relax and reconnect with their coworkers. They are not going to be the new normal, but for this year at least, the “virtual Christmas” will fill a gaping hole in family and workplace festivities.
Some individuals are planning a digital Christmas Day too. Like Mhairi Hamilton, whom BBC reported, has already cancelled her big family Christmas gathering. Yet, she would be hosting a Zoom Christmas. “I would preserve what we could of the family traditions, and we would take it from there. And the response I got from the extended family was nothing but positive,” she said, “I’m having a great time preparing. There are undoubtedly many, many positives to be taken from it.”
Yes, although COVID has created many challenges, we can still have that family gathering, just in a different way. It will continue to be as heart-warming as ever.
As Santa’s grottos close and Christmas events are cancelled, will kids still get to see Santa this year? Definitely. This year, at the Victoria Square Shopping Centre, for example, Santa is happy to welcome people to his office if you book an appointment to visit. But sitting on Santa’s lap is not likely, because it is likely to put children, but moreover Santa, at an increased risk of transmission. Instead, Santa sits across a desk while convivially interacting with all comers.
In another avenue, Santa will be visiting children virtually this year. Just for a click to book your appointment, you can keep your celebrations festive and pandemic-friendly with a virtual visit to kids in the comfort of your own home.
People usually are looking forward to a big family gathering with everybody around the table for meals. With indoor gatherings restricted to five people now in Saskatchewan, for those immediate households, your family events will have to be pared down or postponed. Christmas can be stressful for many people that struggle with mental health. It is important to remember to be kind to yourself and prioritize what is best for you over the Christmas holidays. There are many activities you can do as a family to celebrate Christmas Eve.
Make Gingerbread houses, bake cookies, watch a film, Carol Singing, Christmas jumper competition, Christmas crafts, matching PJ’s, game night, and so on. Some might be traditions or activities you had forgotten all about that still promise some fun and quality time and do not hinge on the vagaries of the pandemic. It is all about how you plan your fun and which your families will remember for a lifetime.
While Christmas is now a secular holiday celebrated by over 160 countries, it was traditionally a commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ, so it is mostly held in Western countries and Western-affected countries, and celebrations vary remarkably in different cultures. With so many diverse cultures living together in harmony in Canada, people have more than Christmas celebrations – religious, secular, or cultural – are celebrated here during the holiday season from late November through January. People toast to yesterday’s achievements and tomorrow’s bright future.
Though Christmas in 2020 will be far from normal, some things will never change. Where there is hope, there is light. This festive season, may you find the time to appreciate the small things in life and show yourself love and kindness. We hope you and your families can find joy, peace, happiness, and stay safe this Christmas.