How to celebrate Christmas Day 2020 in Lockdown: Tips and Ideas to keep Christmas Day in lockdown special!
It may not be the BIG Family affair that we’re used to, but facing a Christmas in Lockdown with children can still be lots of fun! Here are some lockdown Christmas ideas, with some Mumbler recommendations for Christmas Day activities to make Christmas in Lockdown one to remember!
Mix up the gift giving!
In the morning, only let your children open a stocking or a couple of small gifts. Encouraging to open things throughout the day (and even into Boxing Day too) not only keeps the excitement going, but keeps their interest in each present a little longer.
For even more fun why not try a Christmas Present Hunt? Hide presents around the house (and even garden) for your children to find. If you’re feeling really creative you could create a treasure hunt with clues!
North Pole Breakfast
Get creative with your Christmas breakfast! There are some brilliant ideas on Pinterest to get you started… or even better get your children to create their own Christmas trees from fruit or reindeer pancakes! Have a look at more North Pole Breakfast ideas here.
Schedule some Facetime/ Zoom Calls with your Family and Friends
Make sure that you plan some times in advance- you don’t want to ring people when they’re in the middle of stuffing their turkey! If you have other friends and family with children, use the time to play some games. One of the best ones if shouting out an object that you have in the house, and the first person to return to the screen with that object gets a point. My daughter LOVES playing this!! Dust off all those quiz skills that you gained during full lockdown and do a HUGE family quiz! After some more inspiration for virtual games? Have a look at these 10 easy games you can play with family!
For ideas on ways to connect with friends and families, see this post.
Enjoy the lockdown silver lining of cooking for less people
Is it only second cousin Jonny who likes those spuds? Great, no need to make them. This Christmas treat yourself with things that YOU want to eat. There’s no judgement, no rules. Are Baked Beans the only vegetable your children will eat? Great- serve them up to accompany the Turkey. Does everyone prefer ice cream to anything else for dessert? No need for that Christmas Pudding. Get out your family favourites, and RELAX. This year’s Christmas Dinner is no different to a Family Sunday Dinner. If you want to mix it up a bit, how about these alternative Christmas Dinner ideas.
Get out for a Christmas Family Walk
One the Turkey’s in the oven… take advantage of not hosting by getting out for some fresh air. Get wrapped up and get outside on your favourite family walk! Dont forget a flask of mulled wine and some mince pies. For ideas for family walks around Leeds, have a look at this page! And remember in these times local communities pull together- there’s no doubt a Festive Trail or some fantastic street lights to enjoy. If you live in Leeds have a look here at our suggestions.
Get a Christmas Message from Santa
Lots of entertainment companies are offering tailored recorded messages, such as this one! Or even better, some entertainment companies are offering personalised virtual parties, like this one!
Enjoy some lockdown family time together
Make sure that you enjoy your family time with some standard family activities, watch a Family Christmas movie (Home Alone is my absolute FAVOURITE- see our list of 24 Festive Films here), play some board games, do a family quiz. Spend some time playing with your children’s favourite new toy. Bake some Christmas buns or biscuits together to enjoy in the evening.
Christmas Music, Flashing lights, Kareoke (?!?) and a nice long list of Christmas Games for children that you could play too! Sprinkle in some extra fun with a bubble machine, party poppers and streamers! For the more competitive amongst you, Wii games, a gingerbread house building competition, a Christmas themed sports day or even board game tournaments.
Dress Up for Christmas Dinner!
Just because it’s your household, you can still keep things special. Get out that special dress that you save for Christmas. Save your Christmas jumpers and cosy PJs for the rest of the day.
Other useful Christmas Inspiration links on the site!!