With the Covid-19 pandemic still having an impact on the world as the holidays approach, things are going to look a little different this year. Large gatherings are discouraged, as is traveling to visit your family or friends during Christmas. As a result, many people are upset or sad about this and wondering what to do instead.
Thankfully, all is not lost. There are some creative and alternative ways you and your family can go about celebrating the holidays in a safe and sound manner. With that in mind, let’s go over a couple of different and alternative ways you can celebrate the holidays this year.
Do an Online Gift Exchange
A popular activity for groups around Christmas time is gift exchanges. They can be a great way to have some fun and get some cool new items at the same time. While you might think that these won’t be possible this year, think again. Instead of meeting in person and bringing the gifts to exchange, you can handle everything online.
Each person can send their gift to the recipient (or have it shipped directly to them from the store), and all members of the exchange can hop on Zoom or a Skype call and open/show-off their gifts. Traditional rules like being able to trade and/or steal gifts can also still apply, as shipping items is generally quite easy and affordable.
Also, even shopping for gifts, in general, is easier online than ever before. Whether you want to learn about some cooling mattresses by clicking here or buy some art online, the internet has endless opportunities when it comes to shopping this holiday season.
Have a Virtual Holiday Dinner
In addition to hosting a gift exchange online, you can also host your holiday dinner online via a video calling service of some kind. With most people having a computer with a webcam or a phone with a camera, it is easier than ever to get everyone together comfortably in a video call.
This not only lets everyone still enjoy a meal together but also do it safely. It can also give people a chance to show off their home’s decorations. Everyone could make their own dinner and show it off to the group, or you could plan it out so every household is eating the same thing. Also, there are several other virtual party ideas if your normal holiday season consists of things other than dinner.
Cut Down the Invite List and Make Other Sacrifices
If doing an online gathering isn’t possible for one reason or another and you decide to host an in-person holiday celebration, you need to do so incredibly carefully and do things differently than normal. First of all, the invite list needs to be cut down drastically. The fewer people at an event, the safer it will be. Of course, everyone should do their part to keep themselves clean and common touchpoints should be disinfected often.
If you have more than one household involved, each should dine only with their own household, at least six feet away from others. If you plan to be closer and spend more time together, having everyone quarantine for 14 days before your event is recommended.
In addition to a smaller list, the gathering should be relatively short. Sure, all of this could be different and feel a little odd, but everyone needs to make sacrifices during these trying times. If you want to see your extended family or friends in person, measures need to be taken to protect everyone.
In order to keep things as safe as possible, families all over the world will have to make sacrifices this holiday season. Thankfully, there are some alternative ways to celebrate the holidays that can still be fun, while staying safe at the same time.