How to make a scaled-down Christmas special?

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, but maybe not as we know it.  With the Coronavirus pandemic leaving best-laid plans hanging in the chilling air, households across the nation might have to celebrate the festive season this year on a smaller scale. 

However, a scaled-down Christmas entertaining fewer loved ones doesn’t mean you have to pare down the fun, enjoyment and goodwill.  

As they say, good things come in small packages. While yuletide 2020 might feel a little different due to Covid restrictions, the East of England Co-op would love to help you make it feel just as special as any other by unwrapping some creativity and embracing the true meaning of Christmas! 

Handle with love and care 

Why not send a hug in a box with a Christmas Eve ‘care package’ to your nearest and dearest? 

Whether it’s their favourite chocolates with a pair of festive socks, some spa luxuries for essential winter pampering or a book with a scented candle and Lotto ticket, there are few better ways of bringing seasonal cheer to a loved one’s doorstep and showing them how much you care. 

Or keep it simple...eveyone loves chocloate! We have great deals on Cadbury Milk Tray 360g for only £4 and dont forget the indulgent Lindt Chocolate Cornet 200g for only £4! 

Check out the East of England Co-op’s Post Office Christmas opening times to make sure your special gifts arrive on time. Santa’s never late! 

Christmas movie countdown 

Bring the Christmas cinematic experience home and indulge in a festive DVD marathon. 

From Nostalgic black and white classics, to winter wonderland fairytales and action-packed animations, there’s nothing quite like curling up on the sofa and getting into the spirit of things with popcorn or mouth-watering Co-op mince pie for only £1 and a cup of hot chocolate – or a glass of mulled wine/hot toddy.

You can find a great choice of seasonal favourites at your local East of England Co-op foodstore.  

Bake a Christmas treat 

Dust off that lockdown apron again and sprinkle some yuletide joy with a homemade bake. 

From traditional festive breads like Stollen to a classic Christmas pudding, share the love with family and friends by giving them a delicious seasonal treat made with heaps of TLC. 

Your local East of England Co-op store offers a great range of ingredients and products for all Masterchefs and Mary Berrys in the making. But of course...if you dont fancy baking we have you covered with our great range of products in store including the excellent Co-op Matured Christmas Pudding for just £2 or the Co-op iced fruit bar for just £2.50.

Virtual party 

Ok, you may be feeling a little zoomed out with virtual office meetings, but in the absence of being able to physically party the night or day away with our extended family and friends at this special time, then surely a cyberspace shindig is the next best thing? 

You may end up occasionally talking over each other, but there’s nothing like being able to check in with your family at such a special time, particularly older loved ones who may be self-isolating, feeling lonely and struggling during these challenging times. 

How about organising a Christmas-themed quiz or cracking open a bottle of fizz and raising a glass virtually to everyone’s health and happiness? 

Support your local suppliers 

With everyone shopping closer to home this year due to Covid restrictions, it’s a perfect opportunity to support our amazing local suppliers this Christmas. 

The East of England Co-op is immensely proud of its Sourced Locally initiative, which gives customers who care about local provenance more choice as well as the ability to spend in a way that benefits local suppliers providing for their communities. 

Whether it’s festive snacks and drinks or sausages and bacon for those pigs in blankets, pop into selected Co-op stores to stock up and support your local suppliers. 

The countdown to a merry Christmas starts now – whatever the size!