The holiday season is special because we spend time celebrating with family, friends, and even co-workers—attending parties and reconnecting with our loved ones. This year, things are different. 2020 has been challenging in so many ways. It’s hard to get in the holiday spirit when you have been inside for the last 10 months and need to be conscious of Covid precautions. Not only do we have to worry about protecting ourselves, but we also have to think about how to keep our family, friends, and children safe too.
We think some holiday cheer is just what the doctor ordered for all this stress and anxiety. Here are our tips on how to get yourself in the holiday mood and, yes, enjoy the holidays in this new normal.
Embrace the holiday season and decorate your home!
If we are going to be stuck inside for the holidays, why not decorate our homes like winter wonderlands? The perfect way to bring holiday cheer into your home is decorating for the holidays. Hang a wintery garland and twinkle lights around your home, decorate a Christmas tree, and allow yourself to get creative. Just make it merry!
Re-adjust your expectations for this holiday season.
This is the most frustrating step of them all. It’s hard to accept that the holidays aren’t going to be normal. Many people won’t have the opportunity to be with their family. The most important thing is to be grateful for your health and give the gift of being Covid-safe this season.
Watch all the best holiday movies.
One holiday tradition that not even Covid can take from us is holiday movies. Now that Thanksgiving has passed, it is time to fully commit to holiday movie marathons. You will be able to find all your favorite holiday movies on every streaming service online.
Decide whether or not you are going to travel and plan accordingly.
The holidays are the busiest time for travel, but during a time like this, the safest thing to do is to avoid travel altogether. Of course, some people don’t live near their families and can’t see them without making a trip. If you do choose to travel, be conscientious about Covid precautions to protect yourself and those around you.
Plan Covid-safe holiday activities.
There are plenty of Covid-safe holiday activities that you can take part in with your family. Get in the car and drive around to look at Christmas lights in your neighborhood. Build a gingerbread house with your family. Play Christmas music and light pine-scented candles. The options are truly endless!
Talk to your family and friends about getting tested.
If you and your family decide to see one another over the holiday in larger groups, talk about social distancing and getting tested for Covid beforehand to ensure everyone’s safety. If some people in your family are at higher risk, you may want to consider wearing masks around each other.