With COVID continuing to affect certain social gatherings, many families are looking into options for celebrating Christmas this year. However, there’s no need to wonder what Christmas will look like as we have answers to all your questions on how to successfully celebrate during the pandemic.
Most outdoor activities, such as ice skating, Christmas caroling, sledding, and snowman building, are generally considered safe when following recommended safety protocols. Many towns also hold various outdoor celebrations during this time of year, including tree lighting ceremonies and holiday parades with plenty of festive lights and decorations.
You can even take your family on a self-guided walking tour or hop in the car for a drive-thru light show to view all the Christmas decorations in your neighborhood. So, although Christmas may look slightly different during COVID this year, it is possible to have a magical holiday season even during the pandemic with a few changes.
Read on to discover our top tips on how to safely celebrate Christmas with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the elves.
Santa and his elves stay busy year-round making holiday gifts and toys at their North Pole headquarters. This may have you and your kids wondering if Santa is immune to COVID, but there is no need to worry.
Santa and his elves are practicing social distancing, setting up safety shields between workstations, and wearing gloves and masks. Mrs. Claus and her holiday helpers have even equipped Santa’s workshop with plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer to keep everyone safe!
While Santa may be skipping out on visiting malls this christmas, there are still alternative options to talk with the Jolly old guy! Sealed By Santa is offering Virtual North Pole Zoom sessions with Santa Claus where children can live chat from the safety of their home. Even though COVID is here, the North Pole is taking all precautions for a safe Christmas Eve delivery!
Luckily Santa and his reindeer don’t fly commercially as they have their own private sleigh ready to deliver presents during the pandemic. Contactless delivery is becoming the norm, and Santa is taking extra precautions by wearing a mask and gloves while making his regular holiday deliveries to your front door or down the chimney.
NORAD provides real-time tracking of Santa Claus starting on Christmas Eve so you can follow along as he makes his magical flight around the world. And, although he may not be able to come inside to enjoy a frosty glass of milk and plate of delicious homemade cookies, you can leave his special treats outside, on the deck, or inside your screened-in porch.
There are many great ways to enjoy holiday fun with friends and family, even while COVID is a concern. Top quarantine Christmas ideas include a candy cane hunt, virtual visit from Santa, or Christmas movie night.
Everyone loves sipping on a hot cup of cocoa, enjoying popcorn and other snacks, and watching a favorite Christmas movie or two. Go all out and create an entire cocoa-making station filled with mini marshmallows, whipped creams, sprinkles, candy canes, cinnamon sticks, and other festive toppings.
For an extra bit of ambiance, light your gas fireplace, add another log to the woodstove or place a few decorative LED candles around your home. Then it’s time to snuggle up with your family for a fun holiday movie night right from the comfort of your own home.
Top holiday movies choices include:
If you have an outdoor TV or movie projector, you can even move the celebration outside to your deck, patio, or fenced-in yard. This also allows you to invite a few friends and neighbors over while social distancing.
Instead of hosting a crowded indoor gathering, you can host your annual Christmas party outside. Tips for a warm and toasty party include setting up an outdoor tent, renting a propane patio heater, or even creating a bonfire if space permits. You should also encourage your guests to bring plenty of warm blankets, hats, and mittens to help keep them warm.
Ideas for festive food and drink include hot coffee, cocoa, hot mulled cider, and a crockpot filled with delicious homemade soup or chili. If you have a fire pit, chiminea, or outdoor fireplace, make sure you have plenty of marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate bars on hand so guests can make their own s’mores.
If traveling to the mall is not an option this year, Santa letters give your kids a chance to enjoy a virtual visit from Santa. There are different packages to choose from and all include:
You can even upgrade to a deluxe or premier package for more holiday goodies like Sealed By Santa gloss stickers, North Pole autographed Santa photo, a personalized nice list, and a Mrs. Claus secret recipe card.
Everyone is familiar with an Easter egg hunt, but why not host a candy cane hunt at home. This scavenger-type hunt may even turn into a new holiday tradition to enjoy with your kids over the Christmas break.
Stock up on individually wrapped candy canes in different sizes and flavors and hide them throughout your home on door handles, hanging on the Christmas tree, placed on window sills, or underneath cushions. You can even make a contest out of it to see who can find the most candy canes during an allotted amount of time.
Sealed by Santa has created new Christmas kits for the 2021 holiday season. These kits are ready for delivery to your front door, letting you and your kids safely experience Santa’s magic without having to leave the comfort of home.
New items arriving just in time for Christmas include the duo Track Santa Glow Kit and Elf Tracking Glow Kit, Elf Interactive Gift Making Kit, Kids Christmas Eve Kit, and Keep the Magic Alive Evidence Kit for hours of fun activities for your children.
And, don’t forget the traditional plate of cookies to place out on Christmas Eve. If you’re feeling crafty, the Mrs. Claus Cookie Baking & Decorating Kit is a fun activity to enjoy with your kids. The kit has all the supplies you need to create festive cookies for Santa, including premade cookies, Royal icing, decorative sprinkles, and a special note from Mrs. Claus!