The coronavirus crisis has changed the world in many different ways, including how we celebrate holiday traditions. This article discusses ways to help you enjoy a festive, if socially distanced, Christmas season during the pandemic.
The 2020 holiday season will be like no other. The COVID-19 pandemic has run roughshod over holiday plans, trapping many people in their homes and destroying the traditional trappings of the season.
From Santa photos to Christmas shopping, no aspect of the holiday season has been left untouched by the coronavirus crisis. These changes have left many families despondent, but there is a glimmer of hope among all the chaos. Here are 10 ways you can enjoy a socially distanced Christmas while you hope for better times ahead.
- Send gift baskets to far flung family members. The family may be spread out this year, with no plans to come together, but you can still send your thoughts across the miles. Gift baskets are always wonderful for the holidays, and this year especially these thoughtful gifts will be well appreciated.
- Enjoy a virtual holiday feast. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended plans for the traditional holiday feast, but you can still enjoy great food from a distance. Just set a time for Christmas dinner or the traditional Hanukah feast and invite everyone to join via Zoom or another streaming platform.
- Create a homemade recipe book with family favorites. If you find yourself missing your Aunt Sally’s homemade pumpkin pie or the amazing cornbread stuffing your sister brings every year, why not duplicate those dishes at home? Just ask your family members for their favorite recipes and turn the results into a professional quality cookbook.
- Share holiday photos on social media. You may not be together, but you can still enjoy those Christmas morning smiles. Sharing your holiday photos on social media platforms is a great way to stay together even when you are far apart.
- Sign up for a Santa letter. Even if it is not safe to sit on Santa’s lap this year, your kids can still send in their lists and get a personalized reply. Think of how thrilled your kids will be when they receive a letter from the most famous of North Pole residents!
- Adopt a family in need. Many families will be struggling this holiday season, and that could mean their kids miss out on presents. You can rectify the situation by adopting a needy family and making their holiday dreams come true.
- Volunteer in the community. If you want to feel good about the holidays, volunteering is a great way to do it. So don your mask and serve Christmas dinner at a homeless shelter, spend a few shifts at the local food bank or find other creative ways to give back.
- Make plans for next year. The coronavirus crisis will not last forever, and even the most pessimistic experts believe a vaccine will be available sometime in 2021. So why not make your holiday plans for next year, when the whole family can be together once again?
- Set up a virtual gift exchange. If buying gifts for the whole family is not in the budget this year, set up a virtual gift exchange instead. Drawing names from a hat is a time honored holiday tradition in many families, and you can put a socially distanced spin on it with a virtual version.
- Enjoy a drive-through light display. If you have been quarantining with your family, pile everyone in the car and head to the nearest drive-through Christmas light display. You can also drive around the surrounding neighborhoods to see what your neighbors have done with all their free time.
The coronavirus crisis has changed the world in many different ways, and the toll in terms of deaths and suffering is too great to contemplate. When put in that context, a few cancelled holiday plans pale in comparison, but that does not make the situation any easier to bear.
If you want to enjoy yourself in the face of the chaos, a little bit of adaptation can go a long way. The 10 tips listed above can help you enjoy a festive, if socially distanced, Christmas during the pandemic.