Coronavirus-inspired Christmas tree ornaments are coming to town

Erin Donnelly
·2 mins read
Old World Christmas is selling pandemic-inspired decorations depicting toilet paper, hand sanitizer and this mask-wearing Santa. (Photo: Old World Christmas)
Old World Christmas is selling pandemic-inspired decorations depicting toilet paper, hand sanitizer and this mask-wearing Santa. (Photo: Old World Christmas)

With coronavirus costumes causing a stir this Halloween, it’s little surprise that COVID-19 is already set to sink its teeth into Christmas thanks to a rise in tree ornaments that are best described as “St. Nick meets pandemic.”

Indeed, you’ll find a mask-wearing Santa Claus among Old World Christmas’s new wares for 2020. The holiday retailer is also selling hand sanitizer and toilet paper ornaments — and all three designs are sold out, according to its website.

Old World Christmas's hand sanitizer ornament may be dangling from some firs this holiday season. (Photo: Old World Christmas)
Old World Christmas's hand sanitizer ornament may be dangling from some firs this holiday season. (Photo: Old World Christmas)

Over on Amazon.com, customizable ornaments featuring mask-wearing elves and Christmas stockings packed with lockdown essentials like hand sanitizer, toilet paper and disinfecting wipes are giving tinsel a run for its money. And it’s not toys this safety-first St. Nick is carting in his red sack — it’s cleaning supplies.

if porcelain angels and red and green balls just aren’t cutting it — and let’s face it, you can forget about mistletoe this year — Etsy’s got you covered. You’ll find a ribbon-clad 2020 dumpster fire, dangling red viruses that put Rudolph’s nose to shame — one of which reads “2020 sucked” — and custom family portraits starring your nearest and dearest in masks (and, yes, more toilet paper).

Etsy has summed up 2020 with this flaming dumpster fire ornament. (Photo: Etsy/Dittys3DDesigns)
Etsy has summed up 2020 with this flaming dumpster fire ornament. (Photo: Etsy/Dittys3DDesigns)
Families can get custom COVID-19-inspired ornaments like this one from Etsy. (Photo: Etsy/MallOClock)
Families can get custom COVID-19-inspired ornaments like this one from Etsy. (Photo: Etsy/MallOClock)

Of course, given the severity of the pandemic, indulging in this timely trend might land you on Santa’s naughty list — or, at the very least, on the receiving end of some disapproving looks.

For the latest coronavirus news and updates, follow along at https://news.yahoo.com/coronavirus. According to experts, people over 60 and those who are immunocompromised continue to be the most at risk. If you have questions, please reference the CDC’s and WHO’s resource guides.

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