Fact: everything as we know it changed in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic and Christmas is no exception. So, yes, things are a little different but it is still possible to feel the festive spirit, albeit a bit muted compared to previous years.
You might be tired of South Africa's "family meetings" with Oom Cyril, but he has the nation's best interests at heart.
“As we want to relax, this virus does not relax. And this virus does not take a holiday,” said President Cyril Ramaphosa in his latest "family meeting" on 3 December. “This 2020 has been a difficult year for us as a nation and as a country. It has severely tested our resolve and demanded great sacrifices of each and every one of us. But even as the holidays approach, we cannot let our guard down."
With that in mind, let's see how a Covid Christmas can still be observed, whether you're staying in, or have taken a trip to the bush, coast or elsewhere.
- Add Christmas masks
Christmas hats are quite irresistible this time of the year. Masks, on the other hand, can be cumbersome. Nevertheless, double your festive look by wearing a Christmas themed mask. It will instantly put you in a festive mood.
- See people in small numbers
- Use your own plates, cups, and utensils
It is also deemed safer if people use their own plates, cups and utensils. Consider taking washable, reusable plastics like a picnic set. And don't touch other people's crockery, likewise keep yours safe from other hands. If possible, condiments in sachets are also better. However, if not possible, then the utensils and bottles should be cleaned or sanitised often.
Alongside masks, it seems that sanitiser has become a coveted item, and with good reason. If you are unable to wash your hands regularly, keep on cleaning your hands with an effective sanitiser. This will help protect you and everyone around you.
- Keep watching
There's something about Christmas movies that always elicits hope. And M-Net has a jolly good line-up till we ring in the new year! Keep an eye on the guide to stay updated on the latest festive flicks and specials.
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