The biggest party season which started last week is ending this week. Of course, invites for this and that party are still flying in. In fact, Christmas parties are already behind us. We are now looking foward to entering a new year this coming Friday. The season to be jolly continues.
As much as we would like for things to be “business as usual” this holiday, planning for the festive season this year years requires a little more work to keep guests happy and healthy.
Christmas was certainly different this year, and the same will be the case with New Year partying. For some, the usual family dinners have had one or two empty chairs around the table—a family member lost to Covid-19. It has all been a different festival season, and a bit unusual, kind of celebration for many.
In a year of the unexpected, one thing has come to be expected—change. As the number of Covid-19 cases have started picking up again, it is everyone’s responsibility to protect themselves and others. We have to accept that this year’s festive season has to be different from the previous ones.
It cannot be the usual kind of celebration—big parties with large numbers of people. It is actually much safer to stay home and celebrate with those you live with than going out.
However, even with Covid-19 still on the horizon, it doesn’t mean you cannot celebrate New Year. The key to a safe and healthy Covid-19 New Year plans is to keep them as intimate as possible. Limit the number of guests. The fewer people you invite, the less the risk you pose for you and your guests. Instead of hosting indoor parties, think of outdoor parties.
Many people have relaxed in following Covid-19 preventive measures, if you are one of them, this festive season ensures that you follow them to the letter. Wear mask, sanitise and frequently wash your hands. If you are hosting a party ensure you provide these for your guests.
This year, apart from being cautious with how you spend money during the festive season, you also have to be cautious so that you don’t catch the virus.
The best New Year’s gift you can give your loved ones is protection from Covid-19—by not exposing them to the virus. This festive season is not just a season to make merry; it is also a season to ensure that we all stay safe and healthy.
Wishing everyone belated Merry Christmas and Covid-free 2021.