2020 hasn’t exactly been a bonanza year for merrymakings. Thus far, we’ve had everything exciting cancelled and replaced by Zoom drinks. With uneven moods, undercut budgets and an uncertain future, a Covid Christmas dinner around the corner is expected to be quite lacklustre.
Furthermore, there are unending questions. How do you throw a party with the ever-present possibility of another lockdown? Should you even be celebrating? Does anyone have any ounce of enthusiasm (or energy) left in them after almost a year of being stuck at home, trying to concoct that perfect cup of frothy coffee? Can we get a Dalgo-NO!?
Feeling whipped aside, there’s no denying that Christmas is still the most wonderful time of the year—where the only F-words that reign supreme are Family, Friends, Fun and Food. And to help you bring some cheer back into your life during this jolly ol’ season, here’s a list of Covid Christmas hacks to execute with family and friends that’s food-filled as well as fun, but most importantly foolproof for a successful Christmas dinner.
1. Secret Santa Shipments
Now, since it’s a Covid Christmas, you can be as covert as Santa when shipping presents. This ding-dong-ditch (some call it ring-and-run) gift approach is never more apropos (and less a faux pas) now as it adheres to social distancing practices. Simply choose your victim/recipient (or draw names for a gift exchange using online Secret Santa generators) and start planning deliveries.
Take your festivities into the great outdoors—while indoors. Your living room will likely be already somewhat decked out, with lots of greenery including that Christmas tree and holly branches. So all you have to do is grab a giant blanket to sprawl out on and a few pillows for comfort for a Christmas dinner made better.
Besides that, the possibilities are endless. You can choose to channel a Parisian picnic a la Emily in Paris with a Maison Eric Kayserwicker basket of baguettes ($4 for 250 grams), a cheese platter of Camembert ($12.90 for 250g), Brie ($12.90 for 200g) and Comte ($16 for 200g), all paired with a bottle of Krug Cuvee NV ($520), no less.
Or soak in the colours of a souk-styled set-up, with bright tapestry and trippy lights, accompanied by a bowl of hummus and fresh Pita or Lafa bread ($10, from Wild Honey). Grab a cuppa Moroccan Mint Tea ($8) while you’re at it. Don’t forget to snap a flat lay of the spread for the ‘gram.
3. Not-So-Covid-Themed Gift Ideas
While it is important to still put on your Christ-masks and use hand Santa-tisers, may we suggest gifting a different kind of mask and presenting some other alcohol to keep the soul sane instead. Our team suggests stocking up and stuffing those stockings with face masks (of the skincare variety and not surgical sort) or eye masks for your beauty-conscious loved-ones, since they’ve probably already ordered a bunch of cute face cloth coverings to last them another year.
And for those relatives who cannot stop saying “I never thought in my entire life that my hands would consume more alcohol than my mouth”, go ahead, give them what they want. Better still, DIY a label that says, “Not hand sanitiser” and stick it on the wine bottle to make things crystal clear.
If you can’t go to New York again for Covid Christmas, bring the Big Apple to your ho ho home. Go on virtual tours and provide the kinds of activities you did, like listening to the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, and the food you remember consuming, like Smoked Cheddar Corn Dogs ($15) and milkshake, which can be easily ordered from local joints such as OverEasy. Rinse and repeat for any destinations you want to recall and revisit.