Irrespective of whether restrictions are lifted over the next few weeks, it’s become clear that 2020 won’t end with a conventional Christmas. The impact of coronavirus means that office pub crawls and trips to the panto are off the roster, but that doesn’t mean all hopes of a festive atmosphere should be dashed.
The thought of not seeing some of our loved ones for the big day is very upsetting, but to distract yourself from that sadness, consider how that extra time might pave way for a different kind of magical experience.
We’ll all be at home more in the run-up to ensure online shopping deliveries of gifts and supplies can be taken care of well in advance, and you may also have some extra time to prep for some cosy nights at home with a twist .
You needn’t wait until you break up from work to enjoy these activities either – goodness knows we’re all forgiven for a little festive joy in November!
Winter has become somewhat synonymous with Christmas, which can take the focus away from what’s happening in the natural world during the season. Find somewhere to go for a bracing walk where you can appreciate all the beauty that the cold months can bring.
Ice patterns, the warm huff of your breath in the cold air, seeing how many different winter colours you can see, foraging some gorgeous Christmas foliage for your hearth or Christmas table – it’s all magic. Embrace what is going on around you and then return home and put on the fire and light some candles to create a cosy vibe as a perfect balm against the cold.
Doorstep photography became really popular this year, and it’s become the go-to option for families who typically have photoshoots at Christmas or who create a family Christmas card. Why not give it a go?
Many local photographers are embracing this new service, so don your Christmas jumpers or bit of glitz, arrange your household together and hey presto – you’ve got a great keepsake of a peculiar year and the extended family who have missed you all can have a copy to coo over. If hiring a photographer isn’t on the cards, you can have a go yourself. You just need a selfie stick or tripod and some Christmas decorations!
Help your loved ones avoid a Christmas slump by giving them something to do. Send a jar of all the dry ingredients so they can make cookies, gingerbread, brownies etc. or perhaps a festive cross-stitch set or gingerbread house kit. You could do the activity together via video call if you’re unable to meet up, and it’ll feel more like Christmas together.
Make sure that you plan some video calls ahead of Christmas proper. People typically have lots of things planned, and lockdown or no, it’s important to have some dates in the diary if you plan a large digital get-together.
By all means quiz away, but why not try a new game? Someone on the call shouts out an object that you have in the house, and the first person to return to the screen with that object gets a point.
In the morning, only open a stocking or a couple of small gifts. By opening things throughout the day (and beyond!) keeps the excitement going, but keeps your interest in each gift a little longer and you won’t get overwhelmed.
If you want to up the ante, a Christmas present hunt can really build an appetite for turkey and all the trimmings! Hide presents around the house. If you’re feeling really creative, you could create a treasure hunt with clues!
Does Aunt Dorothy insist on sprouts when everyone else hates them? Do you forego your treasured parsnips because you’re the only one who likes them and you need room in the oven?
This Christmas, treat yourself with things that YOU want to eat. No judgement, no rules. Will the kids only eat potatoes if they’re shaped like a smiley face? We’re sure they’ll go lovely with the turkey. Invest in your family favourites, and RELAX. We think that Christmas dinner should be the best meal of the year, so do it your way.
Just because it’s your household, you should still have a sense of occasion every now again, particularly when jogging bottoms and pineapple hair buns have been the default for much of lockdown. Get out that special dress that you save for Christmas. Save your Christmas jumpers and cosy PJs for the rest of the day.
Christmas 2020 brings with it a chance for celebration and a welcome relief from what’s been a whirlwind of a year, so take some time to embrace what might seem a little different, because there’s still plenty to enjoy!
We have been working with Cleaner Care for a number of years now and we have always found then to be hardworking, reliable, efficient, trustworthy, approachable and honest. Starting off cleaning our offices, we now also employ CleanerCcare across our sites, providing a service to ensure our facilities are kept clean and safe at all times.
Their attention to detail when cleaning is excellent and this is of particular importance now given the risk of COVID-19 in the workplace.
Furthermore, Cleaner Care provide a builders and sparkle clean across many of our new build and refurbished properties. The end result is fantastic and it really makes a difference to those moving into the property. I would not hesitate to recommend Cleanercare for any cleaning services for which you are considering employing there services.
Group Managing Director
Cleaner Care has held the daily cleaning contract for our four purpose built office buildings for the last 10 years.
Denise and the team are reliable, approachable and provide a professional high standard of cleanliness.
The company always deals efficiently with additional one off cleaning requirements some at short notice in a flexible manner.
I have no hesitation in recommending Cleaner Care for any cleaning services.
"We have found their services very professional and the cleaning is to a high standard.
The Client Account Manager is always on hand to manage the cleaners wherever needed and also to ensure holiday and sickness is always covered.
We are pleased with the services offered and glad we appointed them."
"Cleaner Care have been doing the changeover cleans and deep cleans at our holiday cottage since 2017.
They are totally reliable and easy to work with. We have never had any complaints about the cleanliness of the cottage from guests.
The cleaning Team always leave the cottage looking beautiful and welcoming.
Cleaner Care have also arranged carpet cleans and the occasional odd job for us as we live away from the cottage and are not there to organise them ourselves."
"Cleaner Care have provided the School with a high quality cleaning service for many years. They are always on hand to help with School functions and events and provide a reliable and professional support function.
But much more than that...they are always extremely happy and willing to go that extra mile in caring for our staff and pupil's needs; they are part of the team."
We’ve been using Cleaner Care for a number of years and it’s the best cleaning service we’ve used. The staff are lovely and friendly and our house always looks amazing after a clean.
Thank you for a great service which gives us time to enjoy the things we enjoy doing!"
"Cleaner Care Ltd have cleaned several of our premises for a number of years.
We have always found them to be reliable and helpful - always responding positively when asked to undertake extra work or attend to an emergency situation."
"Just to say a big thank you to all the staff who worked here over March. This was one of our busiest times ever with the various shows and large scale events. Your staff were professional and helpful and we could not have managed without them, they did an excellent job, sometimes under extreme circumstances."
"As a result of Covid-19 I had a property that became vacant suddenly and left in a poor state of cleanliness.
I contacted Cleaner Care who were really efficient in responding to my request, I was really impressed with their level of attention to detail and high standards.
In light of pandemic, Denise was able to organise a team who were from the same household to protect her workforce and myself.
The property was cleaned to an immaculate standard and it was also really helpful to have Cleaner Care organise a carpet cleaner too, saving me significant time.
I would absolutely recommend Cleaner Care to anyone who wants a reliable, high standard of cleaning for Domestic or Commercial purposes."