Christmas in the Time of a Pandemic: How to Celebrate Safely

December 01, 2020


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With the continuous rise of coronavirus cases in the country, this year’s holiday celebrations will be lightyears away from what we’re accustomed to. As safety protocols continue to regulate gatherings and enforce physical distancing, reunions, get-togethers, and Christmas bazaar shopping are sure to take a back seat. [1]

 

But with Christmas traditions embedded deep in our culture, Filipinos will still find ways to celebrate despite the pandemic. [3] Still, it’s important to remember that the virus is still out there.

 

While the best way to not get infected is to just stay at home and avoid large gatherings, to continue social distancing and wearing face masks (and shield) and disinfecting with alcohol as much as possible remain mandatory to those who will insist to go out.  [6] To help you spread the holiday spirit, here are some helpful tips on how to celebrate safely and with as much cheer as possible:

 

Share the merriment online

Family bonding and holiday festivities will need to be virtual this year. By distancing ourselves from people outside our current social circle, especially those who live far away and our elders, we keep them and the people around us safe. [4]

 

Travel short distances

Since the shape of travel outside of the country is still unpredictable, it may be safer to stick with short and manageable plans. Instead of booking a stay at a hotel, consider a DIY camping trip as a safer and memorable alternative.[4 ] As such, it is important to keep yourself up-to-date with the current travel advisories. [7][8]

 

Decorate, decorate, decorate

Welcome the holiday spirit by bringing familiar Christmas traditions into your home. Apart from dressing up your tree, consider a tree-lighting ceremony with the rest of the family. [4]

 

Don’t forget to give gifts

The tradition of exchanging gifts should go on as planned. Whether store-bought or homemade, presents are a great way to show loved ones that they are cared for. [4]

 

All over the world, Christmas this year will be one for the books. However things will unfold this December, one thing is certain: The pandemic can never steal the spirit of Christmas.

 

No matter what you decide to do, keep safe, and stay strong. We are in this together!

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

  1. https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1114855
  2. https://abc13.com/holiday-coronavirus-covid-19-season-thanksgiving-christmas/6718705/
  3. https://news.abs-cbn.com/life/10/06/20/cant-stop-christmas-how-pandemic-has-affected-holiday-shopping-according-to-experts
  4. https://medium.com/age-of-awareness/christmas-in-the-year-of-the-coronavirus-103fffb9891b
  5. https://boi.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/GCQ-Guidelines.pdf
  6. https://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/downloads/2020/10oct/20201008-IATF-Omnibus-Guidelines-RRD.pdf
  7. https://guidetothephilippines.ph/articles/ultimate-guides/philippines-travel-covid-19
  8. https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/southeast-asia/philippines/latest-philippines-travel-warnings-alerts