Pandemic-Safe Ways to Celebrate the Holidays

There is no hiding that the holidays will look unique this year, due to the ongoing pandemic. While things may be distinctly different, there are still ways to keep the spirit of the season alive, in a safe and responsible way. Below, is a general list of some fun yet COVID-friendly ways to celebrate the holidays this year. Keep a look out on our Facebook pages this week for more detailed lists of activities by state!

  • Find a Drive-Through Lights Display – Many “walk-through” lights displays have turned “drive-through” this year, due to the pandemic. These displays can be a perfect way to get in a festive spirit from the safety of your vehicle. Bring along others in your household for a fun family outing!
  • Bake!! – Baking is such a popular holiday activity that can be fit to whatever type of treat you most enjoy. Whether you favor cookies, brownies, sweet breads, or a little of everything, baking is a holiday staple for so many. Make a socially distanced delivery to a relative to spread the cheer around!
  • Host a “Virtual” Holiday Party – While in-person holiday parties may not be completely feasible this year, virtual get-togethers can be a pretty great replacement. Using a service like Facebook Video Chat or Zoom, schedule a time to meet with friends or family for an online holiday celebration. Prepare your favorite food and drinks and simply enjoy spending time with your loved ones in a way that keeps everyone safe.  
  • Decorate a Gingerbread House – Gingerbread houses are a holiday classic and a perfect pastime, especially for children. If you would like to add a competitive swing to things, have a household decorating contest and offer up a small prize for the winner.
  • Watch a Christmas Movie – These seasonal movies can be a great way to get yourself in the spirit of the season, despite how over-the-top they may be at times. If you don’t want to watch alone, consider using the “party” extension for Netflix or Hulu to watch alongside others and chat about the movie while you’re watching.  
  • Video Chat with Santa – This can be a creative way to treat children to a Christmas surprise! While in-person visits with Santa may not be recommended this year, this does not mean that Santa can still not pop in for personal visits. You can book virtual visits with a “professional Santa” or DIY your own.
  • Decorate Your Home – Since we all have been spending a lot more time in our homes this year, decorating can be a great way to spice up your space for the holiday season. Whether you prefer bright, rustic, or natural, choose a theme and get decorating!
  • Do a Holiday Craft – Crafting is a perfect activity for the winter months when it is not as easy to spend your time outdoors. Pinterest can be a great resource to finding a craft, especially with items you already have in your home!
  • Mail a Holiday Care Package to a Friend/Family Member – For family or friends that you will not be able to see in person this year, consider sending them a care package of goodies in the mail. Grab a collection of their favorite items and package them up with some festive wrapping. They are sure to appreciate it more than you would think!
  • Attend a Religious Service, virtually – If attending a religious gathering each holiday season is part of your family’s traditions, try finding one that is virtual and joining in. While it may not feel the same as attending in person, it is still a great way to stay involved and keep your traditions alive.

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