Coronavirus: Tips for a Safer Christmas

Written by Dr. Veena Madhankumar and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team

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Most of us wait for Christmas the entire year, as it is hands down the most beautiful time of the year. However, this year, COVID-19 has compromised its charm, as Christmas is all about enjoying with your extended family and friends. Close contact with other people during family gatherings (no matter how small a group) is the main way the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads. Even people who have already received the COVID-19 vaccine should celebrate responsibly, as the majority of the population is still not vaccinated, and you might infect them.

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Even though traditional gatherings with family and friends are unsafe this Christmas, there is no reason why we cannot enjoy the holidays and look after our own health and well-being at the same time. Keep in mind that there is no such thing as a safe family gathering during such a pandemic, as no in-person contact with people other than your household is without risk. Instead, try the following tips to celebrate the holiday even during the COVID-19 period safely.

1. Christmas Tree Decoration

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This fir tree has been used to celebrate Christmas for thousands of years. It is a must for making a better and festive atmosphere at home. This year, purchase the Christmas tree and decorations online, instead of going out, or you can make the decorations and ornaments at home. This prevents crowded public places where you run the risk of easily getting infected by Coronavirus. A decorated Christmas tree will definitely make your holiday more meaningful this year.

2. Family Movie Night

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A family movie night is the best way to stay safe and cozy inside your home and still spend quality time with your family members. We set aside time to have family movie nights almost all year round, but during the holiday season, with so many incredible Christmas movies to watch, it becomes more memorable. You can make some snacks to munch on while enjoying your favorite movie. Christmas movies are abundant, and all you have to do is turn on your TV. This avoids unnecessary traveling and shopping.

3. Video Calls With Friends and Family

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If you are spending Christmas alone due to travel restrictions and the risk associated with traveling during the pandemic, plan video or audio calls with your family and friends. You can avoid feeling lonely and be a part of family dinners virtually through video calls. You can share recipes and make them when you are home alone. If you have friends or family living in different corners of the world, set a time and date ahead, and connect through video conferencing and use social media platforms to have good communications and make this festival special.

4. Road Trip

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In case you are totally against celebrating the Christmas holiday at home and want to go on a trip with your family, stick to a road trip. Avoid going to areas that have a high number of COVID-19 cases. Stay in your car and go to places where there are fewer people. And preferably, make it a one-day trip and carry food and water, so you do not have to stop and get down. Be careful while using public restrooms and wear masks. This will ensure that you enjoy a nice trip with your family and stay away from others, reducing the risk of getting infected by the virus. Make sure you strictly obey the local regulations for COVID-19 to make sure everyone is safe and healthy.

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