Get Creative to Celebrate a Coronavirus-Safe Holiday
Loving your family and protecting them go together like turkey and stuffing. There’s probably nothing you wouldn’t do to save a loved one’s life.
This holiday season, with COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surging at alarming levels, families are being asked to make hard decisions about get-togethers which are known to spread coronavirus.
COVID-19 and the Holidays
The hard truth about COVID-19 is that you can be contagious three days before showing symptoms. In fact, emerging research suggests that you may be most likely to spread virus 48 hours before symptoms begin. That means that even if you feel well, you may be putting the lives of people you cherish in danger.
Facing the pandemic’s realities and changing the way you celebrate can literally save lives.
Recommendations from the CDC for this holiday season include:
- Have a small dinner with only people who live in your household
- Prepare traditional family recipes for family and neighbors, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and deliver them in a way that doesn’t involve contact with others
- Have a virtual dinner and share recipes with friends and family
- Shop online rather than in person on the day after Thanksgiving or the next Monday
- Watch sports, events, parades, and movies from home
Weather allowing, a small outdoor dinner with family and friends who live in your community is considered a moderate risk by the CDC – and further precautions such as wearing masks and arranging tables and chairs for social distancing are still recommended.
Other Ways to Connect Virtually
Rather than emphasizing the holiday meal, consider ways you can connect in fun and meaningful ways. Some ideas include:
Gather Memories: Use a prompt to get the family talking on a social media platform or group text. Ask for a favorite family vacation memory, best dad joke or funny holiday mishap. Or share an old home movie for a virtual walk down memory lane.
Play Games: You can’t gather around Scrabble at the kitchen table, but you can play virtually. You can even create a team tournament or trivia night with prizes.
Stage a Show: Have family members record a talent – a song, skit or even just a joke. Share the videos and enjoy them together virtually.
Trim a Tree: Surprise grandma by trimming an outdoor tree or decorating her yard while social distancing and wearing masks to keep everyone safe. Have a Zoom meetup to show off your own trees and decorating ideas.
Go Sledding: Get the cousins together, at six feet of distance and with masks, and enjoy an afternoon of sledding. Have everyone bring their own hot chocolate and treats.
Give Back: Take the money you would have spent traveling and, as a family, pick a charity or worthy cause. Have each family member share what they’re grateful for this season.
This holiday season may be different but it can still be heartwarming, and the sacrifices you make now will help ensure every place at your table is full next year.