Christmas Day In Colorado: Public Safety Guidelines, Fun

Amber Fisher

Well, we've nearly made it through 2020. Nearly. Celebrating the holiday season during a pandemic isn't easy, but Coloradans are resilient, resourceful and brave, and we've managed to make it work.

Here's everything you need to know for Christmas Day.

Public Safety

You know the drill — many counties are under 'Level Red' on the state's COVID-19 Dial, which means you're asked to stay home and only celebrate with your immediate household. Coloradans are asked to refrain from traveling, and even avoid crowded stores.

If you absolutely must travel, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has published a list of guidelines to follow when you set out and return.

Fire Safety

As Colorado residents near the end of 2020, many have turned to real Christmas trees to find a glimmer of joy while celebrating the holiday season amid the pandemic. But if you don't take the necessary precautions, your real Christmas tree — as well as your family's memories — could go up in flames.

Here's a list of important tips for making sure you, your family and your tree is safe.

Pet Safety

Pets are family members, and so they're usually part of our winter holiday festivities. But animal welfare groups are reminding folks that four-legged friends can be sickened or injured by our favorite celebratory trimmings.

Here's a list of tips for keeping your pets safe during the holidays.

Mental Health

Many Coloradans will be spending their holiday alone, and some will be experiencing their first holiday season since losing a family member.

The state has published a mental health guide to help those who are struggling, which can be found here.

Holiday Celebration Ideas

Colorado has also posted a list of safe activities, particularly for children who are tired of being cooped up:

  • Cooking, eating, decorating, and exchanging gifts with members of your immediate household.

  • Sledding or other outdoor activities in your local community with members of your immediate household.

  • Hosting a virtual caroling party over video chat.

  • Writing holiday cards to friends and family.

  • Video chatting or talking on the phone with friends and family who don’t live with you.

  • Exchanging photos of your holiday decorations, dishes, and outfits with friends and family via text message or email.

  • Simultaneously watching your favorite holiday movie with family and friends in other households over video chat.

  • Live-streaming a ceremony held by your faith group.

  • Watching the ball drop on TV on New Year’s Eve.

  • Cooking and baking treats for your neighbors, friends, and family, then delivering them in a way that doesn’t involve face-to-face contact.

  • Mailing or delivering gifts to your neighbors, friends, and family in a way that doesn’t involve face-to-face contact (just like Santa). You can video chat with them later as they open their presents and watch their faces light up in real time.

Curious about your fellow Coloradans' favorite holiday drink? That can be found here. And here's our favorite TV shows over the holidays.

Happy, Happy Holidays. Let's get 2020 over with, shall we?

This article originally appeared on the Across Colorado Patch