Making A Covid Christmas A Little Bit Brighter
We’re not sure if we could think of a more polar opposite (pun intended) than Christmas and Covid. It’s no secret we love Christmas, and last year was a more muted celebration of the holiday we love. Covid was a Grinch. People celebrated Christmas alone. Old World Christmas worked hard last year to make the best of it, and bring some cheer to a bleak holiday season. And you know, when spreading Christmas cheer we like to do it with ornaments, and we think we did a good job. Here’s how we made a Covid Christmas a bearable one:
Santa with Face Mask
Even everyone’s favorite jolly old man masked up. This beautiful, mouth-blown ornament features Santa’s sparkling blue eyes peeking over his blue surgical mask, covering both his nose and mouth (good job Santa!). His curly white beard is trimmed and pristine, and he’s topped off with his signature velvety red hat, with soft white trim and puff ball. This ornament sold really well last Christmas, and we expect it to sell well again this year.
Though we still don’t exactly know why a run on toilet paper was the cultural phenomenon when Covid hit, but our design team knew it needed to be commemorated with an ornament. We released the toilet paper ornament last year, and like with the actual toilet paper, people hoarded, and found humor in, the ornaments too. This unassuming roll is complete with plush quilting and delicate sparkle for the biggest impact. And, toilet paper doesn’t have to just be an ornament associated with Covid. You might have your own reasons the toilet paper ornament is perfect for someone in your life. Toilet paper is funny every day.
Beyond the mask, Santa took the next step in his Covid journey by getting vaccinated. He kicked back in his favorite green wingback chair, rolled up his sleeve, and got the jab. With all his international travel, it made sense for him to be protected. His sweet face shows no signs of pain, and he’s dressed for the day in his traditional red velvet pants and hat, and is sporting is practical and shiny black boots. Thanks Santa for helping to flatten the curve!
When the vaccination did start to make a difference, and we felt more comfortable to enter back into the world mask-free, Santa followed suit. This sparkling ornament features a smiling Santa, ready to re-engage without his mask. He’s dressed and ready to go, complete with his belted jacket, cherry cheeks and pristine beard. Santa is back!
Hand washing is now such a regular part of daily life that we made an ornament to remind us of the importance of being germ-free. Our bright and sparkling-clean hand sanitizer ornament is bright and sparkling featuring a convenient pump top. Though there’s no actual sanitizer in the ornament, it serves as visual reminder of how dry our hands got from washing them 10 times a day.
And though not directly Covid related (though he is masked up!), another favorite Christmas Covid ornament is the Bernie Sanders Mitten Meme ornament. We spiced him up and gave him some Christmas spirit with a strand of colored Christmas lights wrapped around him, but his knitted mittens are still front and center reminding us of a cold inauguration day. Thanks Bernie for the fun memory.
Hopefully this Christmas will be nothing like the Grinchy Covid Christmas of 2020. We hope this Christmas is full of friends, family and festivities and void of germs, loneliness and hospital visits. It was a year mostly to forget, though there was silver lining if you looked hard enough. To commemorate the silver lining we recommend adding a few of these Covid Christmas ornaments to your collection.
The closer to the equator, the less fir trees there are, and the harder they are to get. But, a tropical tree is a great alternative for those who live with a snow-less climate, those who are looking for something different, or for those who travel to a balmy destination for Christmas. Here are a few great alternatives for a tropical Christmas (whether there’s snow on the ground or not!).
We believe that ornaments aren’t just for Christmas—we think ornaments look great on the tree—but we love it when our ornaments commemorate a special holiday, event or vacation during all the other times of the year. At our reasonable price point, an ornament makes the perfect gift topper or gift itself to remember special life events. Giving a personal gift creates so much meaning, and though we’re confident you’ll find something we already offer, if not, we’re ready with your new, spectacular idea.