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Another holiday is on its way and COVID is still here. In fact, it’s worse than ever in most places in the US. So how do we celebrate such a beloved holiday while staying safe? Here are a few ideas:
1. Host a virtual event
While it may not be the norm, a virtual event could be super fun! Plan a virtual secret Santa, a family dinner, a game night, a cookie decorating party, or anything else you can think of. You can go all out and send paper invites with the link or code to access the party.
2. Consider an outdoor Christmas
Midwesterners – hear me out! If you’re able, winterize your backyard with a fire pit, outdoor heaters, maybe a tent… anything to warm it up out there. Then host your party outdoors!
3. Drive by Christmas Lights
This holiday classic just became even more important this year. Pack up the family and drive around looking at Christmas lights. Or you can organize a Christmas light parade or competition in your neighborhood.
4. Video chat with Santa
Many places are offering video chats with Santa so kids can still share their Christmas lists. Check out a local option or try Santa Club. Don’t forget, Santa always loves snail mail, too!
5. Decorate Christmas masks
Masks may be annoying, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be festive. Spend some family time decorating plain masks for the holidays. Go wild!
6. Watch a drive-in movie
Drive-in movies are great because they’re totally socially distanced and you can bring your own snacks! So pop a million bags of popcorn, load up the family, and hit up a local drive-in. If you don’t have one nearby, create your own with a projector and a sheet!
7. Baked goods swap
One of the best parts of the holiday season is sharing baked goods with friends and family. Set up a baked goods swap party where people can drop off homemade goodies at each other’s doors.
8. Try a new holiday treat
While most people have their go to holiday goodies, with the extra time stuck inside you may want to try something new! In fact, why not explore treats from different cultures or holidays? Have you ever had a Latke (Hanukkah) or gumbo (Kwanzaa)? Now’s the perfect time to try it!
9. Go caroling
… while socially distanced, of course. But that’s perfect for caroling! Grab some people in your inner circle, practice a couple Christmas tunes, and start knocking on doors. Just remember to stay six or more feet away from the door.
10. Send funny COVID themed cards
Whether you typically send holiday cards or not, I think we can all agree we can use a laugh. Catch up with family and friends with a funny COVID themed card. There are tons of adorable options on Etsy.