COVID-19 has made special occasions more complicated. But with a bit of creativity, you and your family can stay connected AND stay safe. Here are our top recommendations on how to celebrate the holidays during a pandemic.
Start a New Tradition
You probably have a long-standing family tradition, like dinner at grandma’s house, that you’ll have to change this year. Although this will be disappointing, you may have the chance to enjoy a quieter, less stressful holiday season. Think of an activity you’ve always wanted to do, but never had the time. This could be as simple as ordering take-out and watching a movie at home on New Year’s Eve, or as complicated as cooking an authentic holiday dinner from scratch.
Plan an Outdoor Event
According to the CDC, “Indoor gatherings generally pose more risk than outdoor gatherings.” So, move your party outside. Of course, this is a greater challenge for people living in northern climates during the colder months. However, it’s also an occasion to embrace the fall and winter seasons. For example, you could host a bonfire with apple cider and donuts or a sledding party with hot chocolate and chili. Tell everyone to bundle up and keep an eye on the weather. You may have to be flexible if rain, sleet or wind are in the forecast.
Complete a Long-Distance Activity
With some advance planning, you can be in a different location than your family and still enjoy an activity together. If you’re the crafty type, search online for DIY craft kits. Options range from beeswax candles to clay sculptures to painting projects and more. Or consider hosting a live contest. Who can build the best snowman? Who can decorate the best cookie? Or who can complete a jigsaw puzzle first? Share your results either virtually or through photos. And if want to preserve these memories, consider creating a 2021 calendar with photo highlights of the event.
You may not be able to hug your relatives, but you can send them a gift, home-made craft or baked goodies. Simply, drop the treats at the door to maintain social distancing guidelines. You could even add to the festivities by dressing up in costumes and/or singing and dancing in their yard.
We all know virtual isn’t the same as in-person, but it’s better than not seeing your family at all. You may choose to have a holiday dinner with your immediate family followed by a group chat with other relatives. This is a wonderful opportunity to catch up and make toasts. Plus, you can show off your group crafts as well as any special deliveries you received.
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