This holiday season will not be “business as usual”, and it may be hard to not feel like an Ebenezer Scrooge. However, even during a pandemic, there are plenty of ways to kindle that holiday spirit! Here are 9 fun ideas to stay connected, while staying safe this holiday season:
If you read TJC’s blog 10 Tips to Safely Celebrate Halloween 2020, then you’re familiar with getting BOO!’d. Elf-ing is the Christmas version! Here’s how you play:
-Sometime before Christmas, secretly leave a basket of treats with an Elf sign, and an Elf poem explaining the game.
-Ever played ding-dong-ditch? Ring the doorbell and RUN!
-The recipient is then asked to pass the game along to another neighbor. They also post the sign in their window. This alerts any other elves in the neighborhood that they’ve already been elf-ed.
-As Christmas nears, Elf signs will pop up all over your neighborhood. It is a great way to spread holiday cheer, without coming in contact with anyone!
Use this poem attached below!
Just because you can’t get together during the holidays doesn’t mean you can’t see your loved ones over video chat! Spice things up a bit from your normal zoom calls and make it a costume party with some fun games. Or even connect your computer to your TV, and dine on your couch to get a larger view of everyone while enjoying a meal together. You can even incorporate a drinking game for the adults!
If you are celebrating Hanukkah, schedule multiple zoom calls each day and light the candles together!
When you’re young, nothing compares to the magical feeling of sitting on Santa’s lap and telling him your Christmas wish. Although, meeting Santa in person is not a safe option this season, your little elves can still meet Saint Nick virtually! Check out Santa’s Club where you can book a virtual meeting with the big man himself. Meet Santa live from the North Pole and choose between three different packages ranging from $34.99 to $69.99. Receive a personal video message, meet him on a live video call, and receive a recorded keepsake of the experience!
Baking holiday cookies is a great activity to get you into the holiday spirit. Start by sharing your favorite recipes, grab some sprinkles and cookie cutters and get to baking!
There are many crafts you and your little ones can make to keep you busy this holiday season. Check out TJC’s Pinterest board ‘Christmas Crafts’ for all sorts of DIY ideas ranging from easy to difficult. Make a few extra crafts and mail them to a loved one!
If you can’t fight the urge to see your loved ones this season, do it outside in the snow. Have a snowball fight, go sledding, or build a snowman!
Technology has made it extremely easy to stay in touch with anyone and everyone. However, a text message doesn’t conjure up to that special holiday feeling. Put in a little extra effort and reach out in a more personal way. There’s nothing quite like receiving a hand-written letter, especially in these tough times. If you’re already sending a gift, include your letter in the card!
Secret Santa is a Christmas staple that doesn’t have to be skipped in 2020. To begin, set a budget and gather a participant list. Then, draw names using an online tool like Elfster or Giftster. Finally, mail your gift to your assigned recipient. The fun can end here, or you can wait to open your gifts and schedule a Secret Santa Zoom party where everyone opens them together.
Christmas 2020 calls for thinking outside of the box. In addition to your Christmas card, start a silly photo contest with your friends and family. Wear costumes, use props, recreate a holiday movie poster, etc.
The holidays don’t need to be cancelled or minimized, you just have to get creative! Your new traditions are waiting for you.
Brought to you by Tara Schumann, Social Media/Marketing Manager for TJC Real Estate and Management Services
Your Neighborhood Realtors® Since 2005