‘Tis the season for festivities, parties left and right, and reunions with our loved ones! During holidays, we’re accustomed to our family traditions, such as cooking and eating together, exchanging gifts with our extended family, going to church, and more. Nevertheless, this year, it’s going to be a bit different. Likely, we're going to spend our holidays the same way we spent most of our 2020: at home. However, the holidays are not cancelled, people! Whether you’re celebrating alone, or with the only members of your household (roommates or immediate family), you can still make the most of it. And we’re here to help you with that! I, myself, will be coping with the limitations of the current holiday season. Thus, here are ways on how we can spend our holidays while keeping our family safe!
You can still celebrate your holidays by using video conferencing tools, such as Zoom, Facetime, Facebook Messenger, and more. There’s a lot of options! Additionally, you can all catch up there or have a drink or two. You can also have a virtual potluck wherein you eat together your favorite food at the same time. With these activities, you can still share the holiday spirit even when you’re not together. Just remember to plan ahead, notify your family and friends, and teach those who still haven’t got the hang of using these online platforms.
Without having our usual Christmas shopping at the malls, you can order items online and ship them to your intended recipients. To make it more fun, make them promise to wait until the 25th and put up a video call using Zoom or Facebook Messenger so you can see their reactions when they open your gift! With this in mind, giving a gift doesn’t necessarily need to be grand. A small meaningful gift or just a handwritten letter will make someone feel loved and valued this holiday.
Invite everyone up in a Zoom meeting, or whatever platform you’re used to, for a holiday-themed game night complete with prizes! There’s a lot of traditional games you can do online, such as Online Holiday Bingo, Virtual Scavenger Hunt, or Christmas Trivia. See? You can still be festive and make memorable bonds with your family even when you’re not together physically!
Amidst this uncertain time, it is important to know that our main goal is to stay happy, healthy, and alive. This holiday season is going to be odd, but we should also remember that the essence of Christmas should be celebrated all year round.
Maybe this year, the best present that we can give to our loved ones and even to ourselves is to stay home and refrain from attending physical gatherings. In this way, we can show that we really care and we want them safe. It is difficult, but we need to have hope. Hope that everything will be back to normal. Let this holiday remind us that we are not alone, that our family and loved ones are always here with us: in our hearts.