The last thing we wanted to be doing during the Christmas season was sitting on Zoom, Skype, Houseparty or Google Hangouts instead of being able to meet up with friends and family in the flesh.
Despite a four nations agreement that allows families to meet in “bubbles” between 23 and 27 December, normal rules will stay in place for the rest of the holidays.
This means that festive parties and work celebrations are completely off the table this year, so it’s looking like a return to virtual hangouts is inevitable.
After spending nearly a whole year on Zoom, instead of meeting people face-to-face, many of us are feeling sick of the extra screen time.
Here’s a list of simple ideas that could be really fun and festive:
In the same vein, virtual cocktail making is a fun activity – and who can say no to a cocktail?
Choose a tasty, but easy, cocktail recipe that participants will be able to mix, step-by-step on-screen, such as strawberry daiquiris, mojitos or espresso martinis.
Make it a competition to see who can produce the best-looking cocktail – and who makes the worst.
Zoom quizzes may be overdone, but you’ll only get one chance to organise a festive quiz so you may as well go all out.
Christmas jumper attire is encouraged, and make sure all the rounds are suitably seasonal – we’re talking classic Christmas movies and songs and festive trivia.
Bingo nights are a total crowd-pleaser, and it’s really easy to set one up virtually via Zoom or Skype.
The best part is there is no limit to the number of people who can join in, whether you have three friends or 30.
All you need to do is send bingo cards to all participants for them to print – there are plenty of free online resources.
Then, find a number generator and share your screen with everyone so they can see the numbers as they are selected.