Dec 17: Outdoor visits

Part of the 2020 good-times advent calendar! If you have ideas, and/or would like to see something fun drawn into the advent calendar, please let me know. Comment below or email/WhatsApp me and let’s have fun this next few weeks.

Another great suggestion from Robyn!

I’m crossing my fingers that late December will not be -40 so my family (7 people) can gather by a fire pit in a local park, distance safely, and have a marshmallow roast.

Robyn of Saskatoon

Winter doesn’t lend itself as well to this, but it is still possible to have outdoor visits. Keep your distance of course, but be reassured that the outdoor ventilation keeps germy aerosols from concentrating as they would indoors. The key to making this comfortable is wearing lots of warm layers, and making sure that you sit on something padded or insulated to keep your bum warm and dry. If you are planning a menu, warm liquids are great since you can warm your hands on the mug. If you serve soup or stew or some other typical bowl meal, consider serving that in a mug as well; the narrow opening will keep more of the heat in.

Eco restaurant in a park in Stockholm moves it’s food service to lap-based outdoor lunch at picnic tables and by a fire.


  1. Unfortunately, I think this one has now been outlawed in SK. We are allowed to “meet and greet” outdoors, which is not the same as a gathering. Makes sense that they don’t want people spending hours together around a fire pit (likely drinking and lowering inhibitions) but a tough pill to swallow. On to distanced family walks!(?)

  2. Oh, bummer. That is the danger of creating these blog posts in advance… they may no longer be compliant once published! Hopefully ‘distributed dinner’ is still allowed?

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