Did you decide to play it safe and push Christmas back due to COVID concerns? Or perhaps you plan to enjoy a larger version once it’s safe to do so. Either way, Brits were encouraged to postpone their usual festive celebrations until spring, when the out look regarding the virus will hopefully be more positive.
There’s no doubt that celebrating Christmas outside of December will feel unusual in some respects. But while you might want to swap your Christmas jumper for a t-shirt, it could be a great opportunity to make up for lost memories.
Read our tips for enjoying a delayed Christmas below.
Decorate what you can
For many of us, putting decorations up signifies the start of Christmas. You might find it tricky sourcing a real Christmas tree in spring, however, and you’ll have fewer hours of darkness to show off your light displays. In any case, it could be best to keep things simple.
Wreathes, spiced candles and indoor fairy lights can all still help to get you in the festive spirit. And if you have a fake tree on hand, 2021 is its time to shine.
Plan festive feasts with a seasonal twist
Christmas is a time to eat, drink and be merry, and there’s no reason for that to change. The shops will still be stocked, your guests will still be hungry–and chocolate is especially unlikely to be in short supply at Easter!
If you like to eat seasonally however, you could consider swapping out traditional winter in gredients for those that thrive in spring and summer. And how about replacing mulled wine with spiced, iced cocktails?
Keep gifts simple
You may have posted your gifts in 2020 or met up outdoors to exchange them in advance. Regardless, the most important thing this time around is likely to be catching up with your loved ones.
If you do still want to treat that someone special, consider a handmade gift or even a donation to their favourite local charity or business to help them through the pandemic.
Upgrade your home
Is your home usually stretched to its limits over Christmas? Perhaps now is the time to carry out a few upgrades. Whether looking to add extra space, functionality or decoration, review your finances and tackle your priorities first.
An open-plan kitchen diner, for example, could create lots of new social possibilities. Or if an extra bed would come in handy, could you transform your loft space?
Reorganise festive social events
Christmas isn’t all about the 25th of course. Many of us enjoy several parties and social events in the run-up to the big day, so why not see if you can rearrange your favourites for springtime?
Many businesses will have saved their Christmas party budget for a delayed eventonce gatherings become feasible. If you have any traditions with friends, likegoing to the cinema or enjoying a weekend away, can youset a provisional date so you don’t miss out?
Unprecedented times call for an unprecedented Christmas. Follow these tips above to make the best of your makeshift festive period.