How do I celebrate Christmas these days

Celebrate Christmas despite Corona? 6 tips

The corona pandemic does not stop before Christmas time either. Not only that the Christmas markets and Christmas parties have to be canceled in many places - the holidays with the family and Christmas shopping are also heavily influenced by the pandemic.

One thing is clear: Christmas will be different this year. But that doesn't mean that you and your loved ones can't still have a few nice and peaceful Christmas holidays - despite Corona. Here you will find 6 tips to ensure that Christmas is a success even under Corona conditions.

1. Christmas days only in the closest family circle

Keep the circle of revelers as small as possible by celebrating Christmas only with your core family. In the best case scenario, that would be just one additional household.
Whether you can visit family members in other cities or federal states depends on the corona rules in your place of residence and the place of residence of your relatives. Find out more about this in advance.

2. Reduce contacts before holidays

Another way to reduce the risk of corona transmission and thus not endanger relatives at Christmas is a self-imposed "pre-quarantine" before the Christmas holidays. Reduce your personal contacts in the 10 to 14 days before Christmas.

Perhaps you still have vacation days available so that you may not have to go to work in the bus or train in the last few days before the party, thus eliminating the risk of infection. If you have small children and there is some way of preventing them from being sent to daycare a few days before Christmas, you will reduce the risk at this point too.

3. Buy gifts online

Buy your gifts as much as possible on the Internet. Many local dealers in the cities now also have online shops or offer their goods for delivery. On the one hand, you can reduce your contacts and avoid the risk of infection in crowded city centers as well as in stationary retail and, on the other hand, you support the retailers on site. In some online shops you have the option of having the goods sent directly to your loved ones as a Christmas present - wrapped and, above all, without an invoice. However, pay attention to the additional costs that may arise from the gift packaging.

Since this year there are probably more people than usual doing their Christmas shopping online, delivery bottlenecks or extended delivery times may arise. You should therefore take care of your Christmas presents in good time. Online trading has been booming in Germany for a number of years, but the corona pandemic is now also driving parcel shipping. For Christmas parcels this year, it is best to plan 7 to 10 days of shipping.

4. Observe the hygiene rules even on public holidays

The corona virus can quickly be forgotten between the Christmas tree, gifts and cookies. Nevertheless, you should also adhere to the common hygiene rules on the Christmas holidays. This includes regular hand washing with soap, adherence to coughing and sneezing etiquette and regular ventilation of the rooms.

All further information on how you can protect yourself against the coronavirus, who should be tested and who you can contact for this, is explained in detail in a separate article.

5. Attend Christmas services at home

On no other day of the year are the services as well attended as on Christmas Eve and Christmas days. But fully occupied churches are unthinkable in Corona times. The following applies not only to the Christmas service, but to all events: Reduce your contacts to a minimum and avoid large crowds whenever possible.

So that you don't have to go without your church service at Christmas, the churches are currently working on alternatives to the classic church service: Larger rooms (e.g. outdoor mass or in a larger hall), Christmas service in the drive-in cinema or reduced space occupancy with prior registration. Still others are planning to broadcast the Christmas service via livestream in the living room. Then you can be there from the comfort of your own home and avoid the risk of infection.

If you want to attend a Christmas mass, find out in advance about the possibilities and regulations of your parish.

6. Have food delivered before the festival

In addition to delivery services such as picnic, local supermarkets often also offer the delivery of groceries after ordering by telephone or in writing. Have your food delivered for the holiday season or even on the holiday itself, avoid overcrowded supermarkets and long lines at the cash register. Some restaurants also offer entire Christmas menus for pick-up or delivery.

Just note: order the groceries for your Christmas dinner in advance. Otherwise all delivery capacities around the Christmas holidays are presumably exhausted.

Mask compulsory in Advent

From December 1, 2020, the mask requirement will also apply in front of retail stores and in parking lots. The federal states have agreed on this. We have explained in more detail in our Corona FAQ where a mouth and nose cover must be worn everywhere in Advent.

This content was created by the joint editorial team in cooperation with the consumer centers Hessen and North Rhine-Westphalia for the network of consumer centers in Germany.