7 Ways to Celebrate The Holidays This Year

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Dr. Henry’s order reducing gatherings to your “safe six” has put a damper on this holiday season. This Christmas there will be no massive family dinners, trips to Mexico or sitting in Santa’s lap. But don’t lose all your holiday cheer quite yet, here’s 7 ways to celebrate safely this holiday season. 

 

  1. Secret santa is a traditional christmas activity easily adapted to accommodate COVID restrictions. You and your family can choose names, buy each the gifts on amazon, and ship them to the respective houses. It’s a great surprise to arrive home to a big parcel on the front porch, with a heartfelt email from your family member waiting in your inbox. It’s a great way to show your family that you still think about them, even if you haven’t seen each other for a while.
  2. A very old fashioned way to excite your kids this holiday season is through letters. Canada Post’s Santa letter program allows kids to mail a letter to Santa to “Santa Claus, North Pole, H0H 0H0, Canada”. If you send the letter before December 10th, expect a reply before the holidays end!
  3. Synagogues , mosques, churches and other places of worship across the globe have learned to adapt their services to adhere to covid guidelines. This winter will be no different. Many places already have online programs like the Willow Park Church’s weekly service streamed on facebook and the BC Muslim Association’s online audio Lectures & Khutbas. Hopefully, regions observances around the holidays will still be able to proceed safely.
  4. This year is the perfect time to go all out with Christmas baking. There is no excuse to buy from the store this year, there’s so much time to make everything. Get the whole family together and try out some new recipes! You’ll be all stocked up for the holidays and you can package up any extra and drop it off on friends and family members doorsteps. 
  5. What better way to drum up excitement for the holiday season than to go all out when you are decorating! As soon as the clock strikes midnight on November 12, grab your massive tree and get in the christmas spirit. Give into the branded nature of the holidays, we all could use a little extra spirit this year. 
  6. Family gatherings are a quintessential part of the holiday season. Sadly this can’t happen in person this year, but zoom is still an option. Coordinate you and your families dinners so you can eat together on zoom.
  7. Those of us who are lucky enough to have a roof over our head and presents to look forward to this Christmas should be very grateful. The pandemic has hit us hard, and many families may not be able to afford the extra expenses that come with the holidays. This holiday season, go out in your community and give back. Send cards to a homeless shelter, bring cookies to a nursing home or volunteer at a soup kitchen. 

This holiday season is going to be different, not unlike the rest of 2020. But some good old holiday cheer is something that we could all use.