The holiday season fast approaching and COVID-19 surging in most parts of the country, millions of us will break with the tradition this year to celebrate in ways that we hope will help to keep us all healthy and safe. But, this may lead to some difficult emotional and logistical challenges, but we’re confident that we can keep our spirits high and rise to meet those challenges.
We recognize that this will be hard for many of us. Celebrating holidays alone or with your immediate household members can sound rather dreary. After all, to roast and carve a turkey for just a few people? But, if you look at it on a positive note, the pandemic does offer opportunities to make this holiday a season to remember in unique and new ways. Here are a couple of ideas that you may want to consider:
- Send Gifts. COVID-19 has changed our lives in many ways, sending cards or gifts remains a relatively easy way to let your loved ones know that you’re thinking of them. Who wouldn’t want to receive some home-baked foodies or a basket of fresh fruits? If you enjoy stitching, hand painting, or other ways of crafting gifts for the holidays, now’s the time to start planning for the New Year.
- Share a Meal Remotely. Most of our end-of-the-year holidays involve the family sitting around a table overflowing with sumptuous food. With all of the video conferencing platforms now available, it is easy to set aside a block of time to share a meal and good conversation remotely with friends and family members. Rather than one cook slaving over a hot stove or a certain person monopolizing the dinner table conversation, everyone gets a chance to cook and share their stories via their smartphone, tablet, or laptop. You can compare your culinary creations, swap recipes, and try to remember to leave room for dessert. If you have a tradition of playing games or giving thanks for your many blessings, you can still do many of these activities remotely.
- Stay Safe. If you plan to go ahead and join a holiday gathering in person, it’s important to remain vigilant, even when interacting with dear friends and loved ones.