The year of 2020 has been the ‘pandemic year’, truly testing our patience and teaching us to be considerate of others in every aspect of our lives. Whether it be how we work, how we shop, or how we socialize–we’ve all had to change the way we approach every-day activities this year and how we celebrate the new year is no exception.
As we prepare to celebrate, we must take precautions to ensure the safety of the people around us. Throughout 2020, we’ve been advised to celebrate small by the CDC, and 2020 New Year’s Eve is no different. If you – like us – are more than ready to say goodbye to 2020 and welcome 2021, read these tips to keep you and your loved ones safe while you ring in the New Year 2021.
Tips to Safely Celebrate NYE This Year
Keep your celebration small.
Throughout this year, we’ve all had to adjust to modify our annual holiday plans to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. To safely finish out 2020, it’s imperative that we continue to observe holidays in smaller ways this year, by celebrating at home with the people who share your household. The most recent numbers released by the CDC reveal a rise in corona cases in the past seven days. In order to slow the spread, it is critical that we follow the CDC’s recommendations for small gatherings.
Serve good luck food.
With how hard this year has been, there’s no denying that we could all use some good luck to make 2021 a better year for us all. Across many cultures, there are versions of ‘good luck’ food that you can make to help celebrate 2020 New Year’s Eve.
In the South, collard greens and black-eyed peas are meant to be made on New Year’s Eve to bring good luck. Across China and Japan, making long noodles on New Year’s Eve is meant to symbolize a prosperous life. Additionally, foods that either looks like coins or are gold – like dumplings, cornbread, lentils, and cabbage – are also made to symbolize prosperity. Finally, at midnight, you can also follow the Spanish tradition of popping 12 grapes in your mouth, one for each month of the year or strike of the clock, to bring you a fresh start for New Years’ 2021.
Celebrate in a spacious environment.
Although this year we must celebrate small, it’s still best to do so in a spacious environment, regardless. If your guest list includes people who are not members of your household, plan to wear masks and celebrateoutdoors.. This will give everyone plenty of space and, as a bonus, messes aren’t as big of a pain to clean up when they’re outdoors!
Although a smaller celebration may not be what you are used to, you can still bring the party vibes to you by adding some sparkle to your celebration space. Whether it be high-tech lights, candles, glittery tiaras, hats, or even glow in the dark necklaces – make your space light up with joy to ring in New Years 2021 full of hope and in style.
Avoid driving if possible.
Whether you plan to enjoy a beverage on this holiday or don’t plan to drink – the roadways are more dangerous on New Year’s Eve for everyone who shares the road. The month of December is recognized as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month for a reason and is one of the deadliest times of the year for drivers. With that in mind, to keep yourself safe, the best thing you can do is stay put – and wait till the new year has begun to get back on the road ahead.
Leave the past behind.
As we all know too well – 2020 will go down in history as one of the most difficult years in recent memory across the globe. There’s a lot that we all can’t wait to kiss goodbye and although it may be hard for us all to say farewell in some ways too, we hope your spirit remains hopeful and optimistic for the new year.
The bottom line.
When it comes to celebrating New Year’s Eve in 2020, it’s important we finish out the year strong by practicing safety first. Although our New Year’s safety tips may look different this year, they the best way to ensure you and your loved ones can remain healthy during these uncertain times.
At SafeAuto, we want our customers and their families to not only enjoy the road ahead but to play it safe as we head into 2021. Now more than ever, it’s important to do our part to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our neighbors safe from further spreading COVID-19. We hope you and your loved ones enjoy a warm and safe holiday season.