we all realise that Christmas is going to be very different in 2020 and technology is going to be a key part of the celebrations.
With restrictions in place for face-to-face contact and concerns for elderly and vulnerable relatives, 29 million Brits are set to wish family and friends a ‘Merry Christmas’ over video calling apps, which is twice as many as in 2019*. Many friends and families have already planned to share their Christmas meal as it happens via social media. Laying the table with an extra place for your iPad or laptop may not seem as unreasonable as it would have previously.
In the build up to Christmas, Brits are set to spend hours trawling the web for gifts, with more than half (57%)* of consumers avoiding the supermarkets by completing their Christmas food shop online. Predictions show that 12 hours per person will be spent using a digital device for Christmas related activities including gift shopping, video calling, food shopping as well as streaming Christmas films and boxsets.
Here at techtimeout we are passionate about using technology in positive ways that bring families together. Instead of everyone sat around staring and scrolling through their own screens, why not try some of these ideas for making Christmas 2020 truly magical?
in the run up to Christmas
- Put a date in the diary for a family cook-a-long to bake mince pies or other festive treats on a video call
- Get the kids to open their advent calendars with grandparents on a video or phone call
- Have a Christmas tree light switch on over a video app
- Book an online video call with Santa in Lapland, some tour operators even organise virtual sleigh-rides and reindeer training
on Christmas Eve
- Hold a virtual carol service... Carol sheets can be designed and emailed ahead to ensure that everyone has the words to sign along. Musical family members could also play along
- Host a virtual drinks party
- Make your own Christmas Eve plate for Santa & Rudolph.
on Christmas Day
- Open presents on a video call to include distant relatives
- Watch a film together at the same time
- Share photos and videos via social media
- Play video games as a family and invite others to join in online
And, if you're lucky enough to be spending Christmas with family or friends, make sure you give them your full attention and enjoy the quality time together.