Christmas will be a little different this year - to put it mildly. But whether you'll be celebrating with your loved ones in person or virtually, the magic of the festive season is still there to be enjoyed.
We've gathered inspiration from the Which? team to help give you some ideas - from getting busy in the kitchen, to finally learning to take photos or making the most of Alexa to boost the Christmas spirit.
Most of us have become a dab-hand at video calling since the first lockdown, and this Christmas will put our new skills to the test.
You probably have a go-to app already, but it can't hurt to have a couple of backups to hand in case quality takes a hit. We put some of the most popular ones through their paces earlier this year to find the , where we rate video and audio quality on both optimum and poor connections.
Here's a couple of other ideas that can help you get the most value out of virtual catch ups.
While traditional party games might be out for many people, there are virtual substitutes in waiting. We assembled a crack team to put five popular video calling games to the test: Jackbox TV, Geoguessr, Among Us, Charades and Skribbl. Find out how we got on in our guide to the
Just because you can't be in the same room doesn't mean you can't take a festive group photo, so don those cracker hats and try to ignore Uncle Morris's bah humbug expression.
Exactly how to do this will depend on the device and the app you're using. Zoom lets you take quick snapshots or even a video - though make sure this is toggled on first in Settings, Recording. A quick Google search for taking photos or videos on your app of choice should help for the rest.
Make sure your call is set to 'gallery' or 'tile' view so everyone is in shot, and warn people you're planning to take a photo or video before you start.
You may not have been planning to do much cooking this year, but if that's changed, now's your opportunity to shine.
We have absolutely got you covered on this front: our guide to the will help you tick off staples such as how to cook a turkey crown, roast beef, roast potatoes and parsnips. We've even covered how to cook red cabbage.
Or perhaps you'll be catering only to your own tastes this year. If you don't fancy the effort of whipping up a full roast dinner, take comfort from the fact there'll be no one around to judge you for indulging in nothing but richly delicious , or rap your knuckles for snaffling more than your share of the .
Whatever you go for, celebrate with a glass of bubbly - you can start with our , where you'll find links to our diligent research into the , , and we even offer some tips on how to read wine labels so you can fake your way to connoisseur status. If you're feeling a bit more creative, why not try making the , or rustle up some great .
If your Christmas dinner success has inspired you to polish your skills around the kitchen, why not take this opportunity to experiment a bit more often?
Mastering a foreign cuisine is guaranteed to impress - make a perfect bolognese, and a whole lot more, with our . More a fan of curries? Our can help there, or if sweet and sour is more your bag, find out how to , as well.
If you're after a more straightforward dish, soup is a great winter warmer, especially if you make it your own. Find out with some simple hacks. And if you have a few bits and pieces going spare at the end of all this cooking - will ensure nothing goes to waste.
It's cold outside, but that won't stop budding photographers taking advantage of the muted shades of the season during an afternoon stroll. If you're eager to creep into more advanced territory as a photographer, or always wondered what all those settings and features mean, now could be the perfect time to indulge that hobby.
Winter offers photographers unique palettes and effects to capture, so despite the biting weather, it can become a period of real creativity if you try. We've rounded up tips including subjects to look out for, keys settings to use, and what to do if your camera gets drenched. We've also thrown in some product recommendations for good measure. Read our for more.
If you're keen on not venturing too far afield, there are plenty of options closer to home. The joy of still life photography is in turning mundane objects into visually appealing subjects - it's a great way to reappraise your living space and make the most of what you already have. And if you want to share your gift-haul on social media, then it might come in handy there too. Get some tips on .
Ask most voice assistant owners what they use their all-singing, all-dancing, AI-powered devices for, and you'll usually get one of three common responses: check the weather, play the radio, and set alarms.
But these clever gadgets are capable of so much more, and since the period between Black Friday and Christmas is silly season for serious sales on Amazon Alexa and Google Home devices, it stands to reason some people will be unwrapping a smart speaker on Christmas Day.
Whether you're dipping your toe into the water for the first time, or think you're a dab hand at dialogue with our new robot friends, there are guaranteed to be some surprises in store.
Alexa owners are in for a real treat - Ask Alexa, our weekly guide to is bursting at the seams with great things you can try. Alexa comes alive at Christmas, so try asking her anything that comes to mind. Here are some ideas: