Ideas for virtual holiday gatherings

I know people are wanting to get together with friends and family for the holidays.  However COVID-19 has complicated things, hasn’t it?

The first thing we need to consider is how to celebrate safely.  The lives and health of not only our friends, family, and neighbors but also those we may not even know are at stake.

There are ways we can revise our traditions or create new ones.

  •  Do as much of your holiday shopping online as is possible.
  •  Send out more Christmas cards either via the internet or via the old-fashioned snail mail.
  •  Pick up the phone and call family, friends, and neighbors who may be experiencing isolation, especially ‘seniors.”

The pandemic has been showing us that even though we may be physically separated we can still come together in new ways.  If you have at-risk people in your family or circle of friends the safest way to gather is virtual.  Begin by getting acquainted with Zoom, Skype, etc. These make all kinds of virtual holiday gatherings possible. Including:

  • Reading a holiday story to your grandchildren.
  • Getting together with family to cook a holiday dinner.
  • Sharing family holiday stories and gratitude.
  • Hosting a holiday party
  • Attending religious services.

If you feel that you must gather in person please refer to the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control,  These are very thorough and cover many aspects of holiday celebrations including travel and food.

Our holiday celebrations will by necessity look different, but they can be just as meaningful.  If we believe if we cannot celebrate exactly as we have for years the holidays will be “ruined” we will create our own misery.

If you are a person who year after year has dreaded the holiday gathering this is your chance to do something different.  You don’t have to sit home alone and be miserable either.  Get creative, come up with your own unique virtual celebration, have fun and let your light shine.

I leave you with a few ideas for planning a virtual holiday party.   Some of these are intended for office parties0 but may be modified for families.

How to Host a Virtual Party That Will Boost Your Mood

Virtual Holiday Party: Celebrating Together While We’re Apart

Ideas for Throwing A Virtual Holiday Party While on A Budget

 

https://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/holidays/christmas/how-to-celebrate-christmas-during-coronavirus

https://www.theworkathomewoman.com/virtual-holiday-party/

https://www.aarp.org/home-family/friends-family/info-2020/thanksgiving-risks-coronavirus.htm

If you feel that you must gather in person please refer to the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control,  These are very thorough and cover many aspects of holiday celebrations including travel and food.

So if year after year you have dreaded the holiday gathering this is your chance to do something different.  You don’t have to sit home alone and be miserable either.  Get creative, come up with your own unique virtual celebration, have fun and let your light shine.

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