Christmas in the time of Covid

10 December 2020

Who thought that your answer to the question, ‘what do you want for Christmas this year’, would be, ‘a Covid-safe environment?’ Oh, how the world has changed in less than twelve months! Still, it has changed, and if you want to bring an element of normality to your festive traditions, you’ll have to do the same.

In many instances, the smartest thing you can do this holiday season is to stay home and avoid travelling ensuring that you follow the relevant restrictions of your country or area that you live. However, if you are lucky enough to be able to see family during the Christmas period, it is important to ensure your home is ready to safely host people. Again, that is of course if it is safe and travelling is permitted where you live.

Tidy Up The Garden

The ideal place to host a dinner party in the middle of an Australian summer is the garden or backyard. Not only is the weather scorching hot, but the extra space means you can adhere to social distancing rules without getting too close. 

All you have to do is whip the outdoor area into shape before everyone arrives, which is easier to say than it is to do! The main thing is to clear the clutter so that your property appears tidy. Other than that, you’re ready to rock and roll with a long table, chairs, and some cover from the sun.

Switch The Patio Doors

If the garden isn’t sufficient, there are other options. For example, you can host half of the table inside the house and the other half outside! By starting in the kitchen, you shouldn’t be too cramped for space, and the right kitchen renovations mean interacting is doable, regardless of the setup. Yes, modern and contemporary designs are all the rage, but sometimes, it only takes a change of doors to give your house the makeover it requires. And, the French Provincial vibe is elegant and timeless, making it an ideal style all year round.

Swap The Window Dressings

Of course, choosing the Great Outdoors as the backdrop for your Christmas gathering isn’t always an option. When it isn’t, the trick is to pick the largest room in the house and try to increase the ventilation. An accessible and effective way to do this is to swap thick, bulky curtains or blinds. The latter are thinner and have a smaller surface area, meaning they don’t get in the way of the fresh air. Alternatively, you can opt for no dressings whatsoever to promote as much oxygen as possible.

Decorate With Greenery

Speaking of O2, nothing is more efficient at absorbing harmful chemicals and replacing them with fresh oxygen than plants. It’s what they do, which is why it’s more important than ever to decorate with greenery. Thankfully, a Christmas tree is a perfect accessory at this time of year, so you should get it up as quickly as possible. Plus, you can supplement it with lots of plant-based accessories, such as a wreath, mistletoe, and poinsettia. The more you can fit in, the better ventilated your home.

Are you planning on having people over for Christmas? How will you adapt your decor to make it Christmassy and Covid-secure?

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