Tips for a Safe and Fun Holiday Season
The holiday season will look a little different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We may not be able to celebrate (in person) with all of our family members, travel to places we usually do, or engage in some of our favorite annual traditions. This year will be different, but that does not mean it’s all doom and gloom! The good news is that we don’t need to cancel the holidays; we just have to get creative and keep in mind our safety this year. Right now, it’s easy to focus on all the things we can’t do, but there are many things we can still do. If we focus our minds on the things that are in our control, we are more likely to stay positive and have a joyous holiday season!
Here are some tips for making the most out of your holiday traditions, while remaining safe:
1. Look into pandemic friendly holiday festivities
· If you have young children, consider JingleRing (a virtual visit with Santa)
· Take a virtual holiday class (some include wreath making and cookie decorating)
· Plan a contactless baked goods exchange with friends
· Spread holiday cheer by gifting a toy to charitable institutions.
2. If you are hosting a holiday gathering:
· Skip hugs, kisses, and handshakes
· Keep your windows open to allow for better air circulation
· Put paper towels near your sinks instead of a hand towel
· Stagger seating
· Wear masks when you aren’t eating
· Consider an alcohol-free event because drinking lowers inhibitions
3. If you are celebrating virtually:
· Eat with your family members online via a video platform (you might even connect with family members online that you typically would not have.)
· Share recipes ahead of time, and cook the same meals
· Make attempts to engage in your usual traditions through video
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued Holiday Guidelines including a categorization of holiday events by low, moderate, and higher risk activities.
This information can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html