The government has confirmed that there will be no major celebrations allowed on Christmas and New Year this year as the country continues the struggle to combat the Covid-19 pandemic with a significant surge of confirmed cases being reported daily in December.
The worsening pandemic in Indonesia, especially in Jakarta, has ended up pushing the city administration to enforce yet another stricter health protocol of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) and cancel public events. The current situation has raised concerns among public. Some surveys indicate that people are in doubt whether they will be able to travel for their year-end holiday or will have to stay isolated by spending the entire festive season at home.
If staying at home is your final decision, “don’t worry be happy!” just like Bob Marley sings, it’s not the end of your holiday dream, in fact, our home is the free and safe space for all of us that we can turn into basically anything we want! Here are some guides that may inspire you to create your own private holiday moment at home.
Free from work-from-home and school assignments
Your current house might be a bit messed up and chaotic since everybody has been working from home, so make sure that your work is finished before Christmas and New Year, so you can put 100% of your time with the family. If the kids have holiday assignments, get them to finish their duties so they can fully relax without the stress of leaving their work till after the holiday. If not, it will probably ruin their ( and your ) mood during the holiday and constantly distracted them.
Set up the agenda like you will run the party
We have approximately a week of year-end holiday this year so you don’t let the entire week be spent with boring routines. Create excitement like you plan to travel for holiday and arrange an agenda like you make itinerary for a trip.
Make a cooking competition that invites participation from the whole family or play some fun games such as puzzles and board games that will energize the mood.
There are so many things that can be explored in our homes. We can start with Virtual Christmas Eve, explore new recipes during holiday, watch the movie, run a karaoke booth, mix some signature cocktails, and host a virtual party with absent family members as well as Santa. During Christmas Eve, the family can also host a pajama party, covered with warm blankets, and start the storytelling by reading some books that can bring people to a magical reflective moment. Play ‘truth and dare’ for fun which will always make people nervous, yes, it never gets old. Don’t forget to put on the holiday playlist that could lift the atmosphere with the holiday spirit.
Like visiting a new place, go beyond and get creative with holiday traditions that you’ve never done before. Create a new atmosphere at home with creative Christmas and New Year decorations and build something that can transform your place with a fresh new look. Of course, tradition could bring us memories and personal attachments but this year can be a little different by inviting each member of the family to adorn the Christmas tree with creative ornaments.
We can start by choosing the theme for this year's holidays: there could a Red Christmas, White Christmas, Green Christmas, or Blue Christmas. Anything that suits you the most. If you want to go extreme, you can turn your house into a shipwreck or movie setup! Up for Christmas and NYE Covid-19 mask? Yes, we can surely make it unique for special editions.
How about Christmas and New Year cookies with creative shapes that will be useful for your children who also want to discover their imagination through cooking? Don’t miss out on the Christmas lights! The current lighting technology could set different moods from LED lighting that we can control from remote control to achieve certain hues. Just make it as festive as possible. Many people also get creative with natural confetti made from dry leaves for New Year that will not leave any waste in your house, it’s compostable.
Roundtable in Living Room
Spend the last moments of 2020 with a reflective note by inviting all members of the family to have an intimate conversation in the evening time. We can use this moment to listen to everyone’s story and build an interactive conversation that will support us especially during these dire times this year. This moment also opens our hearts and allows people to learn lessons from each other.
No snow but fake snow
Many of you might have heard about fake snow? As celebrating Christmas in the equator will never have real snow falling to the ground, fake snow is the closest solution if anyone wants to mimic Christmas celebrations typically celebrated in countries in the Northern Hemisphere.
It’s a safe chemical process. If you want, buy a box of baking soda and pour some into a plastic container with a lid. Add some shaving cream, and knead it into the baking soda. Add more shaving cream, mix, and repeat, until the mixture is the consistency of snow. The DIY fake snow becomes light and powdery and will leave a very little residue on your hands when fully mixed. Explore more of this on Youtube to know step by step how to make fake snow inside your house.
Social causes and gift delivery
This year, people probably won’t go to the church as places of worship mostly remain virtual for congregations to avoid Covid-19 transmission in public places. However, if your neighbourhood runs limited social distancing event, you can spend time with neighbours within the area and run some charity events to help those who need it during the pandemic. This year, everybody can be Santa and we can deliver the most precious gifts to our loved ones wherever they are.
If there are no big fireworks during New Year Eve, we can buy one for ourselves and light it up in our backyard while enjoying some celebrating sounds to welcome 2020. We can also play music and create special festive dishes as well as cocktails to celebrate the end of this strange year of 2020.
We truly hope for a much better year next year!