Christmas in 2020
2020 has been a bit of a whirlwind of a year, and the question on most minds these past few weeks has been “What will a 2020 Christmas look like?”
Maybe you’re feeling a little less festive than usual this year with the lack of Christmas get-togethers, church carol services, and even late night shopping.
Whilst it may look different from the years before, I think we can still try and make this year amazing.
I’ve come up with some ideas to help you feel more in the Christmas spirit in these strange times.
ORGANISE A CHRISTMAS ZOOM NIGHT
If you can’t meet up with family who live further away, see your youth group, or even exchange gifts with your friends, why not organise a festive Zoom eve? You could host a Christmas quiz with your friends, or even watch a Christmas movie together.
There are so many Christmas movies to choose from, from classics such as ‘Home Alone’ and ‘Elf’, or newer Netflix releases.
So grab some festive snacks, throw on a Christmas jumper, and get ready to have a cosy yet festive night in with your friends and loved ones.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
Every year the Christian charity Samaritans Purse run a Christmas Child operation, sending out packed shoebox gifts that bless children in need around the world.
The shoeboxes are generously filled with essentials such as hygiene items (toothbrushes, soap, etc), school supplies (blank notebooks, pens, pencils, etc), and also toys.
It’s just amazing seeing the joy on kids' faces from such a simple act!
Samaritans Purse are still running this operation this year, so there’s still a chance for you to get involved and make a difference. All you need is a shoebox and to buy a few items to fill it with. I’ve done this in the past and it’s so much fun putting it all together.
It’s such an amazing way to spread love this Christmas to those who really need it. You can even volunteer to help out at the shoebox drop-off points if you have some spare time on your hands.
Check out the Samaritans Purse website for guidelines on what to include, your local drop off point, and more about their mission.
Why not try decorating your own gingerbread house?
Maybe you could bake some Christmas cookies and decorate them, and perhaps even gift them to friends, family or neighbours.
If you’re creative like me, you’re probably a big fan of a DIY or craft projects. Why not use the extra time you have to do some Christmas inspired DIYs?
You could make tree ornaments, snow globes, greetings cards, or you could even make some Christmas gifts!
I hope these ideas for Christmas inspired you. Even though it may look a little different from usual, I really think we can make this Christmas just as special.