Christmas is just around the corner, but with England currently in lockdown and the rest of the UK under various levels of restriction it seems inevitable that the festive season is going to look very different this year. And it’s a dead cert that everyone will be home for Christmas.

Of course, we’re all anxious to find out exactly what Covid means for Christmas, but while we hold our collective breath and await government updates there are at least some things we can predict fairly confidently: this year, we’ll be celebrating in smaller groups and spending more time at home than usual. And while this may leave many of us feeling disappointed, it’s important to remember that there is still plenty of joy to be found in a stripped-back celebration.

Our top tips for making the most of Christmas 2020 are all about going big on the traditions we can safely continue, making sure our homes are looking their best and finding new ways to get everyone in festive fettle.

Young mother and little son are making dough for cookies together. They are happy and mother is overseeing him. They wear casual winter clothes.

DECK THE HALLS!

Fill your home with as much merriment as you can muster by really going to town with the decorations. Dig out those boxes of treasured decs from the loft, set a budget to add to your collection with some sparkly new additions, or get crafty kids involved in making some DIY ornaments – they’re often the best kind and children will love transforming the house into a winter wonderland.

And if you’re that person who starts itching to get the tree up as soon as the clocks go back, we say go for it. If ever there was a year to start Christmas early, 2020 is surely it!

EMBRACE TECHNOLOGY

Few would argue that video calls even come close to the experience of seeing family and friends in person, but in the current climate they’re an invaluable means of staying connected with the people we love and miss. There are lots of ways we can use technology to foster a sense of togetherness this Christmas: you could call someone to watch them open a gift, host a virtual quiz in place of the office party or even arrange a Zoom karaoke night with friends! You may also find that some traditional events, such as carol services or visits to Father Christmas, are taking place virtually this year. Be sure to check out what’s on in your area and even further afield – after all, there’ll be no lengthy car journeys or traffic jams to contend with!

Table arranged for Christmas lunch

EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY

There’s nothing quite like the smell of gingerbread baking in the oven to make a house feel wonderfully Christmassy. But if you’ve got a little more time on your hands, why not branch out from your go-to bakes and try some new recipes? You could mix up some warming winter cocktails, attempt your own version of Grandma’s famous Christmas cake or really go for it with the trimmings for Christmas dinner. The silver lining of having a smaller crowd to feed? Much less pressure on the chef!

SAVOUR THE SLOWER PACE

Christmastime often involves a hectic dash between parties, school fetes and present deliveries, and it can actually be pretty exhausting! This year, perhaps there is some magic to be found in taking things a little more slowly and savouring the extra time at home with our immediate family.

Puzzles, crafting, board games, reading or simply cosying up in Christmas pyjamas to watch and rewatch favourite films – there are many traditional ways to get into the spirit of the season at home. And with the internet and social media brimming with ideas to keep everyone entertained, you may even be inspired to start some new traditions!

 

Homemade gingerbread house on light room background.

GET YOUR HOME CHRISTMAS READY

Last but not least, now is the perfect time to make your space look and feel its best – whatever that means to you. Maybe the dark and chilly evenings have got you hankering after a warmer ambience, and the great news is you really don’t need to break the bank to achieve this. Quick and easy touches like changing your scatter cushions and throws, adding a deep-pile rug or installing a feature lamp can quickly transform a room into a haven of winter cosiness.

Of course, you might be planning some bigger changes ahead of Christmas – perhaps upgrading your sofa ready for those movie nights, or choosing a dining table to make an intimate family meal feel like an occasion? If that’s the case, don’t forget the Roomes Interior Advisers are always on hand to help you pick out the perfect pieces for your home.