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A Parent’s Guide to… a COVID Christmas

This Christmas holiday might look different than previous years, due to different lockdown measures in different areas. This year had been different!! But don’t worry, we are back with another Parent’s guide on how to make the most out of your holidays this year. 

1.Find out what tier your area will be in over the holidays: 
  •  You can find that information here: *https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-local-restrictions* 
  • Plan your holidays around this and have a conversation with your kids explaining what can and can’t happen in the holidays with family and friends. 
  • Be flexible as this might change at a short notice. 
2. Organise fun, homely, activities. Here are a few ideas:
  • Make your own Christmas tree decorations 
  • Make a list to watch your favourite Christmas movies with a warm blanket and a hot drink (Mine, would have to be Home Alone with peppermint tea!) 
  • Host an online games night- Christmas themed of course! 
  • Video call a different family member or friend every day. 
3. Get moving in a festive way!
  • Walk and find an iconic Christmas tree in your area. Or find the nicest decorated street and take pictures. Why don’t you wear Christmas jumpers too! 
  • Dance along to your favourite Christmas playlist. 
  • Stretch to create different shapes like a tree, bell or a snowflake! 
4. Make your own
  • I know we associate the holidays with all kinds of different foods and desserts but this year, how about you make your own. It’s cheaper and more fun this way. Get the kids to help clear up too. 
  • Here are a few recipes we love:  
4. Get Some Down Time
  • It’s been a tough year for many of us, take some time to relax and rest (adults and kids included). Maybe, you’ll get a chance to use that bubble bath bomb you received last Christmas! 
  • Don’t feel the need to fill in every last hour of the holidays with an activity or something to do. Establish a loose routine and let your kids appreciate some quiet down time. 
  • Take a minute to think about all that you are grateful for. Make a list with your family and notice what everyone contributes, as it helps to boost our wellbeing. 
6. Offer a helping hand
  • The pandemic has affected many of us… So to get in the Christmas spirit why don’t you: 
  • Donate food items to your local foodbank 
  • Offer to cook a meal for someone poorly or elderly 
  • Make Christmas cards and post them to neighbours or people isolating 
  • Donate your toys or clothes to a local charity. 
  • Seek or offer support.  

Sometimes, a smile and a kind word are all that people need. So, however you choose to spend your holidays.. We wish you and your family a safe, enjoyable break.