This year, the safest way to celebrate is to celebrate at home. COVID-19 cases are surging across the country, with hospitalizations and the daily death toll higher than ever before. Our hospital systems are under immense strain and experts predict things will worsen in the winter months. With this in mind, we urge you to rethink your usual holiday celebrations in order to save lives.
As cases soar, staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. Traveling, and gathering with friends and family who do not live with you, can increase the risk of getting and spreading the virus. So, how can we get in the holiday spirit without the merry gathering? We’ve got a few ideas!
Fun Ways to Celebrate At Home During COVID-19
Have fun outdoors.
Get festive with outdoor activities such as skiing, sledding, and ice skating! Or head out for a hike or stroll in the park if you’re in a warmer climate. Just remember to keep your distance and wear your mask around others.
Exchange meals, gifts, and treats.
Trade your favorite holiday dishes, cookies, or handmade gifts with friends and family via contactless drop-offs and pick-ups. Make your own or support a local, small business.
Get creative with cooking and crafts.
Cook up that cozy feeling with homemade hot cocoa or mulled cider. You can bake a pie, build a gingerbread house, or indulge in a savory stew. Need more ideas? Try making ornaments, wreaths, or candles. Decorating the house together can also be fun.
Settle in for a movie marathon.
Cozy up by the fireplace, or build an epic blanket fort, and stream your favorite holiday films.
Give a helping hand.
Get in touch with a local shelter, community organization, or food bank to see how you can help. Take part in a toy drive or donate to a good cause. Looking outside yourself and helping others can give you a huge boost against feelings of isolation.
Take care of yourself.
The pandemic is overwhelming and we’re all feeling grief and loss in different ways. Make room for yourself to relax. Take a bath, cuddle up with a book, or allow yourself a long nap.
We hope these tips help you celebrate at home, battle winter blues, and find new ways to reach out and connect with others. Stay safe and healthy! We’re here when you need medical care.