We are still not safe from Covid-19 because the virus is still out there. Doctors are worried about the surge of cases as safety protocols are being loosened and people are so excited to go out for the holidays. Let’s not take safety for granted. Here are some tips on how we can celebrate safely this Christmas because spending the holidays safely is a must.
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Spending the Holidays Safely Should Be Our Utmost Concern
In these difficult times, safety should be our concern. Covid-19 is still very real and the costs of treatment and rehabilitation can be very steep, depending pre-existing health conditions.
Remember this: The government is relaxing its safety measures for the sake of economy—not because the virus is gone.
With that said, I think that it is rather careless to gather big crowds for a party in an enclosed area when we know that it can endanger everyone. Let’s not let our guards down so if you can, please avoid “unnecessary” gatherings.
It is our social responsibility.
Reasons Why Holding and Attending a Party is Risky
Why are parties risky? Here are the reasons why:
Since it’s a party, we let our guard down. We come in face masks and face shields, but we have to take them off to eat.
We are in a festive mood, so hugs and kisses are usually exchanged.
It has been a long time since we have spent time with other people, so we would tend to linger. The stories can be very long-winding.
There have been many news stories of people getting infected and even dying just because they have attended a party. So let us be prudent with the gathering we are attending. Is it worth the risk?
Tips for Spending the Holidays Safely
Yes, we miss each other but we can always find ways to go around it. I hate to be the bearer of this grim reality, but this should not be our last Christmas together.
Here are some tips so that we can still celebrate the holidays with the least risk of getting Covid-19.
1. Virtual Christmas Party
So far, our family has already attended several events virtually. These include birthday parties, a educators’ conference, awards ceremonies, press conferences, playdates, and even a wedding. Yes, with technology, it’s possible. It’s so much safer, too.
As for food, the organizers set a budget for food deliveries so that everyone can share and enjoy the moment. It’s still fun! It is really up to us to find joy in every situation without endangering anybody.
2. Go Outdoors
Air-conditioned places like malls and the restaurants inside are not really a good idea at this point. If you want, you can always order your favorite dishes from these restaurants and share them with your family at home. You can even save some money in this manner because you don’t have to order rice and drinks at restaurant prices. *wink*
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If you really want to go out, the outdoors would be the best solution. You can go to a private or a small resort so that it won’t be too crowded. Even if it’s the beach, the common areas can still be crowded if there are too many people.
To ensure proper physical distancing, choose resorts that are not too big and too open. You can check their FB pages for announcements if they are allowing full capacity or not.
Recently, we went fishing at a friend’s pond surrounded by a forested area. We had a simple picnic on our Tesalate Beach Towel as a picnic blanket.
While they already invite friends over, they see to it that these visits are scheduled so there are no crowds. This is at Casa Carolina in Mansilingan, Bacolod City, and they will eventually open to the public. But prior reservations are required.
3. Celebrate at Home
There is nothing wrong with spending a quiet evening with your just immediate family present. While we are so used to having big parties, there is also beauty and joy with intimate occasions. It’s quieter, safer, and also more cost-effective.
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Since many are still struggling financially, having a quiet Christmas at home will mean fewer expenses that won’t hurt the family budget.
While our kids are exposed to international cuisine, they can still be satisfied with simple fast food treats. It’s the family bonding time during meals that matters the most.
In a similar light, spend time bonding with your children while cooking your Noche Buena food together. Your young kids will find so much gratification over the accomplishment of preparing their own food.
4. Go on a Road Trip
If you are really itching to travel, a road trip is the safest thing for you to do to avoid Covid-19.
It is so refreshing to drive to the countryside and just enjoy the verdant forests. Open the windows to feel the cool breeze.
May I suggest packing your own food and beverages so that you won’t have to stopover roadside cafes. That way, you can park anywhere there’s a clearing and have your fill.
If you find one that doesn’t have a lot of people, that’s cool. But so far during our weekend road trips, the cafes are full of bikers having coffee and fellowship. Not a good idea.
Don’t Let Your Guard Down, Stay Safe
If we think about it, we can always downgrade our celebrations and still be grateful. The fact that you are still safe, alive, and healthy are enough reasons to be thankful wherever you are.
With the health and economic risks posed by Covid-19, it is imperative that we should aim for spending the holidays safely. It’s not just for ourselves but for our loved ones and other people.
Have a safe Christmas!
Note: Do you have any other ideas on how to spend the holidays safely? Do comment below.