The festive season is at the doorstep. This could not have come at a better time especially when considering all the months spent in isolation, economic anxiety, and despair. It makes sense that most people want to partake in family gatherings and celebrations and be able to share a hug with loved ones. Sadly, the reality is that COVID-19 is still a significant threat and keeping safe should be our number one priority. This means we should all try to incorporate the following lessons in life and considerations this holiday season.

Celebration Considerations for the Festive Season

While you are making celebration plans for this festive season, the first consideration should be to check local health and safety laws, rules and regulations that are specific to your Province/State or community. What follows are five other considerations:

  1. Keep practicing the three standards

Practicing the three standards would arguably be the most important consideration for this holiday season. It includes; wearing a mask, sanitizing/washing your hands and social distancing. While these have been divisive issues all-year, it is important to note that they actually help to reduce the spread of the infection. And of course, they are going to be relevant now more than ever because people will be tempted to be part of large gatherings. Try to practice all three whenever possible. The goal is to prevent droplets released when talking, coughing or sneezing, to leave an infected person and contaminate an unsuspecting recipient.

  1. Organize indoor celebrations with your housemates

Sharing holiday meals with the people in your household is one of the safest ways to celebrate during this holiday season. Get creative and find some activities you will enjoy. You still need to take precautions though. For example, try to do your grocery shopping early enough to avoid large crowds on the busy days leading to Christmas. Loved ones who plan to spend the holiday together should also quarantine for 14 days in advance of the celebration. Do your best to avoid large indoor parties because they are very risky.

  1. Dine virtually with other family members and friends

While the festive season often gives us the opportunity to spend quality time with the people we love; it is important to acknowledge the fact that these are special times that require special measures. For some people, this could mean hosting a virtual celebration through video platforms with family members. In addition, if you live near loved ones, you could organize a meal exchange. That is, each household makes different holiday dishes and then makes distanced exchanges at the front door. Alternatively, you could order food from your favorite restaurant and dine together via a Zoom call.

  1. Host a small outdoor dinner

If you absolutely must host or be part of a gathering during this COVID-19 holiday season, make sure it is a small outdoor celebration. Outdoor events are considerably safer because there is more ventilation. However, this does not mean that all the risks of infection are eliminated. Precautions still need to be taken to ensure the safety of the attendees. This includes avoiding hugs and handshakes, wearing masks when possible, and increasing separation between attendees when it is time to eat.

  1. Avoid unnecessary travels

For this COVID-19 holiday season, it would be advisable to avoid all unnecessary travels by train, airplane and automobile. Gatherings with guests coming from different regions or countries pose a higher risk than those with attendees from the same local area. While they might be coming from low-risk areas, they will still have to interact with people in waiting rooms, or people from other regions sitting close to them as they travel. This consideration becomes even more relevant when people are traveling to visit older people or people with chronic illnesses.

These are crucial times. It is imperative that we continue adhering to the lessons in life we have learned during the COVID-19 era. Additionally, because people often feel the need to socialize during the holiday season, we need to be even more diligent and should incorporate the considerations discussed above.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ONE AND ALL!

MAY THE HOLIDAY SEASON BRING LOTS OF LOVE, PEACE AND JOY!

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14 Comments

Amara Kone · December 22, 2020 at 4:35 am

This is all good advice. What’s happening in Houston right now is a tragedy. The positivity rate keeps going up. The mayor was on television today telling us to get tested before Christmas and cancel our travel plans until next year. I don’t know if people will listen, but it’s not a bad idea.

    duppydomTEAM · December 23, 2020 at 11:55 am

    Amara, thank you very much for your comments. Sadly, the positivity rate appears to be increasing in most cities in the United States. It truly is a tragedy. Even if people don’t cancel their travel plans altogether, let’s hope they take more precautions 🤞 Happy Holidays to you and your family ❣💞

Lisa Steffler · December 22, 2020 at 6:15 am

This Christmas we are onboard with this. This year, it’s just me and my husband and the kids – no visiting relatives. It will seem weird not having a full house this year. It’s only temporary, I’m not sure what the fuss is all about. Surely, we can survive one Christmas without being with our family – I think it’s best for all concerned. Yes, the plan all along was to “dine virtually with other family members”, on Christmas day.

    duppydomTEAM · December 23, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    Thank you, Lisa. Agreed. Dining virtually with family members and friends can be just as rewarding. Hearing their laughs and seeing their smiling faces, can warm the heart just the same. Great attitude – the coronavirus and all that comes with it, is temporary. We will be back to celebrating the Holidays like we are accustomed to in no time. Happy Holidays to you and your family 😊

Adaego M. Azi · December 22, 2020 at 6:53 pm

duppydomTEAM – thank you for the article. We are on our second official lockdown and now there are even more rules in Lagos. We won’t be travelling anywhere right now for Christmas. The main thing my parents are concerned about are the guidelines about church service. Since the beginning of the coronavirus I have been very careful about the three standards you mentioned, there is no reason for me to slack off now. Thank you, duppydomTEAM.

    duppydomTEAM · December 30, 2020 at 7:41 am

    Adaego, we appreciate your comments. We are definitely in the midst of unusual times when lockdown rules and regulations apply to church services. Who would have thought that would ever be the case? However, this is our new normal and you are taking the right attitude – there is no point slacking off the rules and guidelines now ⛪😷

S. Jakes · December 22, 2020 at 11:46 pm

Hello, duppydomTEAM. Based on what I see on television, I think the unnecessary travel is causing the biggest problem. I think the same thing is going to happen after the holidays. People traveling home, then weeks later, there is a boom in the coronavirus death rates. The vaccines are here – we should just lie low for now and celebrate Christmas in the Spring. What do you think about that duppydomTEAM?

    duppydomTEAM · December 30, 2020 at 7:40 am

    S. Jakes – thank you. There are many who think your logic is sound. Many thought the same thing just before Thanksgiving. We cannot deny evidence that shows an upsurge of coronavirus positive tests, hospitalizations and deaths weeks after holiday gatherings. The vaccines have arrived; this is even more of an impetus to “lie low” and remain safe and healthy. Now would be the worst time to die a preventable death 😱

Nadine Wu · December 23, 2020 at 3:36 am

duppydomTEAM – I have already decided that I will be following your advice. I’m going to have a pretty bleak Christmas this year. News of the new coronavirus strain makes our situation even bleaker. I not even going to spend time with my mom and dad – at least not in person. Our lockdown is on until January 4th – Joy to the world – I guess optimism is a good thing.

    duppydomTEAM · December 30, 2020 at 7:40 am

    Nadine – we appreciate your comments. Yes. An optimistic outlook will make even a “bleak” Christmas more pleasant. However, the word “bleak” is really a function of how you are viewing your situation. Even while implementing some of the suggestions mentioned in the article, you can still have a very joyous Holiday Season. For example, dining virtually with your family and friends can be fun – it could even turn into a party. You could even invite your neighbors to join the virtual party 🥳🎈🎉🍷🍹🍺

Bruce Peters · December 23, 2020 at 7:09 am

This is a very timely blog article. My son lives with my ex-wife and she and I were just talking about how to handle Christmas. It looks like no hugs and kisses from him this year. The agreement is that I will drop off his gifts at the front door and simply wave at him. During the coronavirus there were times when he stayed with me, but the coronavirus situation doesn’t seem to be getter better. Better safe than sorry.

    duppydomTEAM · December 30, 2020 at 7:39 am

    Bruce, thank you for sharing your comments. The idea behind the five “celebration considerations” was to be “better safe than sorry.” Family members and friends who go from one household to another is particularly troublesome. Blowing long distances kisses from the front door or making safe gift exchanges are good ideas at the moment 😘🎁

Amie Warwick · December 23, 2020 at 8:26 am

Hi duppydom. This is very good advice for Montreal. For the last little while, the number of coronavirus positive cases per day have been around 2,000 in Quebec – this is all we see on the news lately. Obviously, this is nowhere near what is happening in the States, but this is pretty bad for Canada. We are now in a lockdown over Christmas.

    duppydomTEAM · December 30, 2020 at 7:38 am

    Amie – your comments are greatly appreciated. Relatively speaking, the number of coronavirus positive cases per day is on the upswing in both Canada/Quebec and the U.S. And many cities in both countries are now facing their second or third lockdown since March. You are correct, the tips mentioned in the article are good pieces of advice to help reduce the spread of the virus 😷

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