2020 has been anything but ordinary and that doesn't seem to be changing as we approach the end of the year, as students are coming home from university a bit earlier than usual. Universities all over the country are closing early, which means students will be heading home for the holidays at the beginning of December. Now usually when it gets to this time of year, we write a fun filled, festive blog, full of Christmassy activities students can do in the 2-week holiday before the hard work starts in the new year. Of course, like most things this year, it's going to be a bit different - but fear not - we're not lacking any festive spirit and we hope you aren't either. Here's some exciting things you can do this Christmas - lockdown style!
Driving home for Christmas
Before you can even think about the endless mince pies you can consume guilt-free this Christmas, you’ve got to actually get home first!
The first thing you need to do is figure out when you can come home and get your head around the guidance. Thankfully this has all be set out on the gov website. Once you know when and where you can travel, make those plans in advance and figure out how you'll get home.
Of course, you can try and lug all of your stuff on the train, but who really wants to do that? The best option is probably to drive – have all of your stuff for Christmas tucked safely into the boot and make a beeline from uni to home! If you don’t have a car of your own, you can borrow your parent’s car with our student car insurance and be covered to drive yourself home (after they’ve taken the trip to pick you up, of course). They drive one way, and you drive back – winner winner, Christmas turkey dinner.
Seeing family and friends
We know the best part of Christmas (aside from the food) is seeing friends and family, but we also know that this year isn't going to be the same as it has been and unfortunately, we can't mix with as many people as we would like. If you're desperate for a way to meet up with friends and family during the holidays, but can't do so without breaking social distancing rules - here's a couple of suggestions we think will lift your spirits!
Christmas Zoom Quiz
For those who have simply not had enough of the 2020 online quiz craze, bring out the big guns and have a festive Christmas online quiz! You can ask questions on almost anything - from top notch Christmas Trivia such as "How much does Mariah Carey make every Christmas?" to personal Christmas questions only your family will know like "What is Nana Junes favourite Christmas Tipple?"
Just because you can't see your friends this year, doesn't mean Secret Santa has to be off the cards. There are websites such as DrawNames and MyWishList that let you draw your Secret Santa online, create wish lists and get gifts delivered to your door all whilst keeping it a secret. You can then set up a video call with your nearest and dearest whilst you unbox this years goodies.
We may not be able to bake with our loved ones this year, but that doesn't mean we can't still get our bakes on. Bring your very own Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge to you and your friends - find a basic recipe or an unknown festive treat, get the ingredients and get going. When you're done, you can see what it should have looked like, and who's looks the best! On your marks, get set, BAKE!
Netflix and Chat?
If you're desperate for a girls night in, watching the latest cheesy Christmas films to hit our screens, you need to get onboard with Netflix Party. The Google extension enables users to chat and watch Netflix with others at the same time. Get the popcorn ready, there's things to watch!
Plan out your days
Whilst you're probably not going to be super busy this Christmas, it's still good to have a plan of what you're going to do each day you're home. This will help lift your spirits and keep you focused on things coming up - Christmas Social Distanced walks, baking, movie nights - whatever it may be, make a plan and we're sure you'll have a lovely Christmas. Don't forget, if you need to get out and about on the roads this Christmas, you can get short term insurance on a parent's car with Marmalade You may not be able to go on those long haul festive road trips you'd like to, but we're sure you'll need to get behind the wheel for something - even if it is just dashing to the shop to replace the Mince Pies you ate that your Mum was saving for Christmas day!