Staying Connected During a Coronavirus Christmas
By: Alice Murray
With Christmas fast approaching, many of us are starting to think about how to celebrate the holiday season amid a global pandemic. ‘Tis the season for binge-watching holiday movies, attending magical light displays and exchanging cards and gifts with your loved ones, but what if you’re spending Christmas alone this year? Or with less family than usual? Things may not seem so merry and bright, but it’s important to remember that alone doesn’t necessarily mean lonely. As the past year has shown us, there are now more ways than ever to stay connected, and Christmas doesn’t have to be any different.
How to Celebrate a Coronavirus Christmas in 2020
Wondering how to celebrate the holiday season in the “new normal”? From virtual movie nights to soaking up some self-care, we’ve compiled our top tips for being home and alone for Christmas this year.
Virtual Movie Nights
Settling down to a classic Christmas movie is one of the biggest highlights of the festive period, and there’s no reason why you can’t still enjoy watching them with family and friends this year. Many popular streaming services now offer the option to watch movies or TV shows as a “party”, meaning that members of your group can watch along at the same time. Want to take your viewing experience to the next level? Why not set up a group chat on your preferred messaging app to talk as you watch? Pour yourself a glass of mulled wine, put on your favorite Christmas pj’s and you’re ready to go!
Christmas Care Packages
Being alone at Christmas doesn’t mean that swapping gifts has to stop, but why not make it a little more personal this year? If you know someone who is going to be home and alone for Christmas, sending a care package can show them how much you care, while also being a great alternative to the usual chocolate and bath-sets. Your package might include treasured mementos of times spent together, some of their favorite foods or even a gift card for their favorite place to shop.
Just because your family live in another part of the country, or even on the other side of the world, it doesn’t mean that you can’t keep them close. It’s understandable to feel down about not being able to spend the holiday season with your loved ones, but if you’re looking for the next best thing, check out our Nixplay smart photo frames. That way, you and your family can spend the day together, virtually. No matter where you are, simply send snaps of your day right through to the frame to bring you all together.
Taking Time to Talk
While we’ve all been caught up with the power of Zoom over these last few months, many of us have forgotten the simple act of picking up the phone. It’s natural to feel a range of emotions during the festive period and sharing how you’re feeling with other people can help to lift spirits and keep you connected. Some people will find it hard to know how to cope alone at Christmas, but you can provide a lot of comfort by listening with compassion and understanding.
Soak in Some Self-Care
Pandemic or no pandemic, many of us lead busy lives, and the holiday season is the perfect time to take a step back and give yourself some much-needed pampering. We all know how stressful big family get-togethers can be, and this is the perfect way to start the new year feeling completely refreshed. So, stock up on your favorite candles, treat yourself to some warm knitted socks and take some time to unwind!
So there we have it, our top tips for staying connected during a Coronavirus Christmas! If you’re looking for a way to stay close to family and friends this year, why not pick up a Nixplay Wi-Fi frame? As the bestselling digital photo frame in the US, it will allow you to share and display your photos easily, instantly and privately, making it easy for you and your family to stay connected during the holiday season. Browse the collection online and order yours in time for the festive period today.
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