Although celebrating holidays during these uncertain times may not be ideal, there are opportunities for new traditions to be created. Being separated from loved ones during this time can be tough, but there are still plenty of ways to spread holiday cheer and celebrate the season from the safety and comfort of your own home! Check out this list of ideas on how to celebrate this year!
Host a Virtual Gift Exchange
The holidays aren’t complete without sharing gifts with loved ones! Gift exchanges, such as Secret Santa, are a fun and interactive way to spend time with friends and family from a distance, and it can easily be done virtually. If your holiday parties have been canceled, consider this entertaining alternative to spread extra holiday cheer! Use a name generator website, such as www.drawnames.com to have everyone select a name, then send out matches! After everyone is done purchasing and exchanging gifts, throw a virtual holiday party so everyone can see what gifts were given!
Build Gingerbread Houses from a Distance
Building a gingerbread house with friends and family is a holiday tradition that can’t be missed. Plan a gingerbread party by sending out instructions and an ingredients list, or even send out personalized kits to build with.
Have a Holiday Movie Watch Party
No holiday season is complete without watching your favorite holiday movie classics. Gather the family to munch on yummy seasonal snacks as you settle in for a night of movie marathoning! Have each member of the household pick their favorite movies and watch them all at once, or one each night for a week-long watching party. Include friends and extended family in on the fun by watching together on an app such as Rave or schedule a time to video chat.
Share Your Favorite Holiday Meals
Dinner is the main event of any holiday gathering! Keep the tradition going by cooking your favorite holiday meals and treats, then making contactless deliveries to everyone that would be at your holiday dinner. Think of those that will be spending their time alone this year due to age or health issues. They will be grateful that you thought of them!
Decorate Your Space
Most will anticipate spending a good amount of time at home this season, so you might as well take your decorating to the next level! Have some hot cocoa and watch a holiday movie as you and your household deck the halls with your favorite holiday décor. Get creative this year with fun DIY decorations you can easily make at home. Try out making popcorn or paper garland for your tree or mantel, personalizing your own hanging wreath, or painting ornaments to use for years to come! Spread holiday cheer by adorning the outside of your house with twinkling lights for your neighbors to admire as they drive by.
Customize Gift Boxes and Baskets for Loved Ones
Another fun way to get creative this year is to put together personalized gift baskets for those closest to you. We all need a little extra cheer this year, and by sending out gifts, you’re sure to spread joy all around. Take time and put thought into what would go into your gift baskets. Is your best friend a coffee lover? Put together a themed basket with their favorite flavor of coffee beans and shortbread cookies! Have an avid skincare devotee in your family? Pick basket gifts like single-use sheet masks, bath bombs and lip balms.
Make and Send Out Personalized Greeting Cards
As the craziness of 2020 wraps, take time to remind your loved ones that you are thinking of them. Show your appreciation from the comfort of your own home by assembling cards with heartfelt, humorous and thankful messages of holiday cheer. Find templates for cards online or break out the craft bin and scissors for a fun evening of DIY card crafting!
Donate or Volunteer Your Time
While celebrating this holiday season, it is important to remember that some are going through difficult times. Whether it be through monetary donations, participating in toy donation organizations or volunteering in food drives, make an effort this year to help out a neighbor in need! Check out these local charities and organizations: