Man, 2020 has presented a great deal of stress and quite a few unexpected challenges. As such, it’s important to celebrate those special occasions – but to prepare for them adequately in order to reduce the risk of contagion. While it might not seem like it quite yet, Christmas will be upon us pretty soon – and it’s important to make arrangements to make sure that you can do all of the things that you normally would, without worrying about the virus.
So why might you plan ahead for a big event? A few reasons spring to mind.
The more organized you are, the likelier your event is to go off without a hitch. That means getting all of the elements of your event into place. If you’re planning something big, like a product launch or a wedding, then that means talking to your suppliers in advance. But even a low-key event like a house-party you should plan ahead.
If you’re doing things DIY, then you’ll need extra time to put those decorations, costumes and gifts together. Have a strong idea of what you’d like to create, prepare yourself for winter, and get a plan ahead of time. Leave yourself a margin for error – that way your plans won’t be ruined by unexpected delays!
Getting the Food Ready
A sit-down meal is likely to be preferable to a buffet during a time of coronavirus. But there are other ways in which you might limit the risk of contagion. Plan ahead by providing the right sanitation equipment, like alcohol-based hand-sanitizer, will help to keep everyone clean, and thereby minimize the risk.
When it comes to food for big occasions, there’s a lot to be said for planning in advance. Get food that can be prepared the night before and heated on the day. Even meals which are usually served instantly, like steak, can be adapted so that they can be seared in advance and then finished in the oven. Invest in some heated serving trays and keep everything ready to go right up until the moment it’s served. If there’s one consequence of a lack of preparation, it’s lackluster food – so make sure you get everything into place in advance.
Avoiding the Rush
Traditionally, come November, the nation’s shopping centers are descended upon by hordes of customers. Given the need for social distancing measures, you can be sure that service will be noticeably slower – and that tempers will be accordingly stretched. Get around this by getting everything done in advance. Advent calendars can be picked up now, and they’ll last right up to Christmas.
Do your shopping online NOW to avoid the holiday rush and thing being out of stock. Lots of stores like Etsy offer free shipping on a hoard of items, so you have nothing to lose. If you plan ahead and decide your gift list now, it will save you lots of stress later so you can actually enjoy the holiday season stress-free!