Five Traditional Christmas Celebration Ideas For 2020
This is arguably the most wonderful time of the year for me! I love Christmas, always have and always will, and here are my five traditional Christmas celebration ideas for 2020.
Most of these ideas are really nothing new. What will matter this time, is how intentional and present we will be in celebrating Christmas 2020.
My personal opinion about this season is that much of its true meaning has been lost to over commercialisation.
My Traditional Christmas
Christmas as far as I know, is simply about God sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem mankind.
This in itself calls for joy and celebration. After all, when the angel announced the birth of the saviour to the shepherds that night, he said to them, “ fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy to all people.”
I view traditional Christmas celebrations in light of the message of salvation, the carols, the decorations, the presents, the food, the family reunions, and Santa for the kids.
What makes it all the more awesome, is that the season allows us to wind down the year with love, hope, sharing, caring, giving, and with a bang!
Christmas Can Be Lonely Too!
On the flip side of things, Christmas could be a very difficult period for many.
Having lost my adopted son (who would have been 22, this October to cancer), a sister, and my parents, I can tell you that the celebration has a way of evoking sadness.
My late dad’s birthday is a few days before Christmas. I still miss him sore, despite the fact that he’s been dead for almost 20 years.
The festivities tend to amplify and spotlight our loneliness and the losses we have experienced over the years.
Amidst the laughter and cheer, is a longing and desire that they were still here.
All we can do sometimes, is to hold on to the beautiful memories we shared.
I pray that these memories fuel us from within, so that we will be able pull through this season.
More importantly, that we too, will create memories that’ll light up the world for others to hold on to.
2020, A Peculiar Year!
This year has been like no other.
A pandemic! deaths! job losses! social distancing, lockdowns, and the fear of a global recession, which has necessitated the call to support local businesses in order to keep things afloat.
It will be in the midst of these that we’d have to celebrate Christmas 2020. What a peculiar year, this is!
A Time For Hope
Christmas 2020 should be about keeping hope alive, and making the best of what we have, to create lasting memories.
More than the presents and dinners, it will have to be about making connections, and finding joy in the simple things.
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As earlier mentioned, Christmas 2020 is about creating lasting experiences, and being intentional and present in enjoying the simple things of life.
Here are my top five ways of celebrating the festivities this year.
Support Local Businesses, Buy Local
If there is any time when your local butcher, florists, bakery, or convenience store needs you more, is now.
Support the local and small businesses around you.
Let There Be Music
Music has always been at the heart of this season.
I’m sure that by now, you will be hearing songs about Christmas and Christmas number ones, blasting through the airwaves and shops.
If you prefer to listen to the traditional Christmas carol, howbeit, with a kick, I have the right collection for you.
# Christmas With Boney M
I really love this collection. It’s a mix of traditional Christmas hymns and popular well-loved Christmas songs with an urban appeal. It’s cheerful, upbeat, and danceable.
Very popular songs in this collection are Mary’s Boy Child/ Oh My Lord, Feliz Navidad and Jingle Bells
Why I like It:
If you love upbeat and fun music, this is definitely for you
If you like to dance, go for this collection
It’s fun listening for the whole family
The song Mary’s Boy Child/ Oh My Lord is an excellent way to tell your child about the true meaning of Christmas
Available On MP3
I was at a Christmas party one time, and there was karaoke.
It was my first experience, I had so much fun, I didn’t want to leave.
With Karaoke, you can never go wrong. It’s a good way to bond and have fun with the entire family.
Lucky Voice, Karaoke
Why I like it
It’s portable, you can move it around
You’ll have unlimited one month access to 9000 songs
It’s perfect for your kids
You will need: A Computer, internet connection, amplified speakers, or any speaker you have.
Send Christmas Cards With A Cause
At the thick of the lockdown over the summer, one of my daughters and her group of friends thought that sending handwritten letters to each other was a good way to stay connected.
I was petrified by the idea, I almost passed out from fear!
And then…she and her brother decided that buying things online would be their new favourite pastime.
I can’t tell you how frightened I was.
They continued to purchase things online until they went back to college.
What we did was to wipe down the parcels with bleach as they came and thankfully, none of us fell ill.
This was what gave me the courage to start out this website.
I said all of these to say that, sending out Christmas cards is an important aspect of the Christmas tradition.
I think it’s a heartfelt way to show that you care.
The postal services haven’t stopped working since the pandemic started. I still receive letters in my post, and the occasional orders made by the children.
If you receive any cards or parcels, ensure to follow the Covid -19 guidelines – to wipe the products with bleach or detergent, wash your hands and don’t touch your mouth, eye, and nose.
If you wish to send out Christmas cards, please follow the Covid-19 guidelines
For more information on Covid -19 safety guidelines visit HSE.ie
# Christmas Cards For the Lutheran Church
By sending out Christmas cards with a cause, you are intentionally giving and showing love to those around you.
Why I like It
When you purchase this card, you are supporting a cause
It’s 100% recycled
You’re supporting an Irish business
You’ll receive it between one to two business days
# Grace Easy Prints
If you are unsure about sending actual Christmas cards, you can opt for e-cards instead. I’m very sure many people will also choose to go for this.
These cards aren’t charity cards.
Why I like it
You can edit and add your own pictures
You can send to friends and family around the world from you device
It’s very thoughtful and intentional
# Animated Video Christmas Cards by Sparkly Invites
Why I like it
You can choose your design
You can personalise it
You can share with your friends and family via social media.
It’s very thoughtful and intentional
Christmas is also about food… Cultures around the world have their traditional dishes for this day, so I wouldn’t want to restrict you to any particular recipe.
I would say don’t be afraid to try out new recipes.
If you are interested in learning about Christmas traditions and recipes around the world, then you may want to check out this book, Christmas Recipes Around the World
Why I like it
You’ll learn about Christmas traditions and recipes around the world
You’ll find it easy to follow the instructions
You can get it instantly as it’s available on Kindle
Christmas 2020 is about finding joy and great pleasure in the ordinary, although I’ll be the first to say it’s a hard one.
We have been locked up and housebound for so long, struggling to make sense of all that has happened.
You can’t get to see your parents; your children can’t see their grandparents.
Parenting during this pandemic has been tough!
Waking up and doing the same thing day in day out can be both mentally and psychologically daunting, not to add the financial constraints and frequent job losses!
You know what? You are still here. Besides, it could have been worse.
So, relax and enjoy the season with your family.
How do you enjoy the everyday moments this Christmas?
# Read the Christmas story to the kids
#Watch your favourite Christmas movies
# Take a drive around the city and enjoy the breathtaking Christmas decorations
# Play games!
# Wear Christmas themed clothing
# Zoom Parties
Since the outbreak of the pandemic, virtual meetings and parties have become the norm.
I came across this Irish company called www.BrandRocket.ie. They organise Christmas Zoom parties and also have a Zoom Santa.
Why I like it
You and your family will have memorable moments.
It’s virtual so you can connect with as many family members as possible around the world
Your children can interact with Santa via Zoom
# Show some love and kindness
Our human family has been through so much in the last 12 months. What happened has been both unbelievable and unprecedented.
This season will be a good time to show kindness to people around you. You can donate to a cause, reach out to friends and family. A phone call will mean so much for many.
# Be kind to yourself…
We all will agree that 2020 has been a year like no other. We lost scores of friends and family members along the way.
Some of us lost our livelihoods as well.
This Christmas, as you extend goodwill to others, be kind to yourself, you have done will.
You made it to end and it counts!
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