Celebrating the Holidays Safely
Yes, the holidays are going to be a bit different this year. The pandemic is now part of our everyday life, meaning the normal things like family gatherings may not be possible or recommended. But the holidays don't need to be minimized or canceled. If you're still feeling the holiday spirit, you can make this time of year just as special even while safely distanced. Here's how:
MAKE THE MOST OF THE TRADITIONS YOU CAN DO SAFELY
You can still deck out your house with decorations. In fact, most of the block I live on have already done so, with holiday lights. You can make grandma's corn casserole for Thanksgiving or build gingerbread houses. You can drive around town and look at everyone else's holiday decorations. Stay positive by really getting excited about all the things you can STILL do and put your energy into them.
Before the pandemic, if someone couldn't make a holiday gathering, we just missed them. Now, family members can all hop onto Zoom just to sing someone happy birthday. For the holidays, you can use Zoom or similar apps to host a virtual gathering, share memories and what you are grateful for while everyone eats their own Thanksgiving dinners.
MAKE ALL THE TREATS
You don't have to be a chef to create awesomeness in the kitchen! Having something to look forward to can keep you going when you're feeling down or worn out from #covidlife.
However you decide to celebrate, remember that it's OK to feel bummed about the holidays not being the same as years past. Life is full of disappointments and it's hard. But, if you can look at the holiday-related changes that the pandemic is imposing on us as an opportunity to get creative or a perfectly good reason to scale back this year, you and your family will enjoy more time making memories and less time feeling like this year is lacking.
Continue to follow CDC guidelines, protect yourself, your family and your neighbor. Be well!