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How to Celebrate Christmas and New Year Holidays Safely Amid COVID-19?



Jingle bells are already sounding which indicates that the Christmas and New Year holidays are here! In a few days’ time, Christians all over the world would celebrate the birth of their savior, Jesus Christ, and in a few weeks’ time, the whole world would collectively celebrate a brand new year, but how would one celebrate the Christmas and New Year Holidays amid the pandemic?

how to celebrate christmas and new year

No doubt the year 2020 has been a very difficult and challenging year – from the drums and fears of World War III in the first quarter of the year to the COVID-19 pandemic which followed immediately and is still here, and then, to other regional and national crises faced in various nations and countries all over the world. In this part of the world – Nigeria, there was the #EndSARSProtest and even the ASUU strike which is very much still in play, all added up to the pains of the youths and most especially students in the country. The year 2020 has indeed been a tough one, but the good news is; we are still prevailing over it.

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It would come as a shocker to many that the curve of the Coronavirus is gradually rising up again as the numbers of infected persons are greatly increasing; Nigeria for one recently got her highest number of infected persons in a day yet. The African giant has been hit by the second wave. This was disclosed recently by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.

We all know this season to be a season of love and sharing of gifts, having quality times with loved ones, neighbours, far relations, and family members, but such a situation would be just perfect to increase the rate of infected persons tremendously. On the other hand, if we want to obey all the rules and regulations against the spread of the Coronavirus (which we have to in order to protect our lives and the lives of our loved ones) so as to flatten the curve, we would not have that quality time with our love ones as we yearly do.

This article is meant to strike the balance; it would show you ways on how to celebrate Christmas and the New Year holidays by having quality time with your loved ones while obeying all the laid down rules and regulations of the World Health Organization (WHO) and other medical experts.

How to Celebrate Christmas and New Year Holidays While Obeying COVID-19 Rules?

1. Organize Online Meetings:

Rather than visiting long seen friends or family members physically, why not organize an online meeting using Zoom, Skype, Instagram Live, Facebook Live, YouTube Live, etc.? You would still get the same experience. This would totally reduce the chance of contracting the virus from both end-users.

online meeting would help you celebrate christmas and new year safely

Not forgetting, to visit someone physically you would need a transportation medium; a public bus, taxi, airplane, etc. – all these mediums can create a chance for you to get in contact with the virus, but if you take that opportunity off, viola! You are totally safe! Meanwhile, the cost of transportation you would have used to go there physically can take care of your data for the virtual meeting, sounds cool right?

2. Use a Private Means of Transportation:

No doubt, there are private conversations or maybe other kinds of conversations you would prefer to have on a one on one bases.

private means of transportation would help you celebrate christmas safely amid covid-19

In this case, it would be safe if have your own personal means of transportation. Just hop into your car or bike and you are there in no time. But if you don’t have a personal ride you could hire or rent one, or better still book a taxi all for yourself. It might be quite expensive but remember, it’s better safe than never! Also, don’t forget, whenever you are having such meetings avoid handshakes, give at least a metre gap between you and the person or people as the case may be.

3. Shop Virtually:

Of course, it’s a holiday, you would need to stock up your food store with foodstuffs, get new clothes, smartphones, laptops, cars, etc., or buy gifts you intend to give out to people. The safest way to do so is to shop virtually. There are a lot of e-commerce websites are out there that would satisfy your needs just fine.

online shopping

If you haven’t made use of online shopping before or you are not so conversant with it, here is a little procedure to help you out.

  • List out the goods or services you require.
  • Search for any e-Commerce website that would satisfy your needs just right. Some international examples include AliExpress.com, Amazon.com, Ebay.com, etc., while some local ones are Jumia and Konga.
  • Enter the website of the e-Commerce website, search for your item, and place your order.

Note:

  • Try to check for reviews from other buyers before you place an order.
  • Always check the conditions and specifications of the items carefully before you place an order.
  • Be cautious of items whose prices are too good to be true.
  • Make sure the item has a return policy.

4. Use Courier / Delivery Services:

courier services would help you celebrate christmas and new year safely

The season is all about love and sharing gifts, so if you must share gifts allow the professionals to handle it. There are a lot of reliable courier services out there. Some examples are DHL, UPS, FedEx, TNT, etc.

5. Organize e-Parties to Celebrate Christmas and New Year Holidays:

Yes, the celebrations are not complete without a lot of dancing, partying and singing. You could organize an e-Party at the comfort of your home. Sounds difficult? Let me break it down for you.

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  • First, find a broad space in your home or create one.
  • Use your Smart TV, Laptop, iPad, Tablet, or even a mobile phone and connect to the internet, host a live video using either YouTube live, Zoom, Instagram live, WhatsApp group video chat, or any other online live videos platform you are comfortable with.
  • Make sure your device has a split-screen feature and a camera (so that you can see other viewers and they too can see you)
  • Invite as many friends as you want to, you could even share the link on your social media profile(s) if you want a full house party.
  • Connect your device to your home theaters or loudspeakers i.e. if your internet device is not loud enough.
  • Wear your dancing shoes.
  • Make sure you have drinks and something to chew by the corner.
  • Now, it’s time to shake it all out! Happy e-Partying!

6. In addition to the above, to celebrate Christmas and the New Year Holidays safely, don’t forget to:

Source: World Health Organization (WHO)

  • Maintain social distancing.
  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Avoid handshakes at all costs, you can opt for an elbow shake or even a wave from afar, that would do just fine.
  • Cough into your elbow.
  • Make use of face masks.
  • Wear your face masks appropriately. Not on your chin or below it. Don’t keep it hanging on one ear also. Wear it properly.
  • Make use of face shields.
  • Make use of hand sanitizers.
  • Avoid crowded places at all costs.
  • Obey all rules and measures set in place by the World Health Organization (WHO), your country’s Ministry of Health, Medical Personnel, and approve media outlets.

Be safe and have a wonderful Christmas and New Year Celebrations!


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