New Ways to Celebrate Holidays
Even though many cherished, time-honoured traditions are no longer possible, with a little creative thinking you can still make this year’s holiday a positive, celebratory experience for the whole family. Here’s how.
Because of COVID-19, chances are this year your little ones will experience the disappointment of not be seeing their grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins face-to-face. But all is not lost! Organise virtual dinners and gatherings with family and friends. This is an effective, inclusive way to maintain good relationships while keeping physically distant.
You may also want to reintroduce the ‘good old days’! Get your children to write and decorate personalised letters and crafts to be sent via ‘snail mail’. And encourage family to send your children holiday mail, too. What a wonderful, safe and memorable way to stay connected!
Year-end holidays are all about GIVING. Invite your kids to help you prepare their favourite traditional family culinary delights to share with neighbours; particularly those who live alone or are isolated because of COVID-19. Of course, delivery must be done responsibly and safely; keeping a distance, wearing a mask and washing hands before and after.
We all love movies. Set up family movie marathons to enjoy family favourites while relishing delicious holiday snacks and refreshments. Dress code is PJs!
For the more adventurous, bundle the children in your car and discover the festive decorations and lights around town. Children love this!
Holidays are indeed when memories are made. Take photos of your holiday festivities, share them with friends and family and ask them to do the same. Save photos and trinkets that reflect what you did during this unusual time. Store them in a safe place so that you can look back on these special holiday moments.
Don’t forget to ask your children what THEY want. Children are unbelievably creative and, if you’re prepared to listen, you’ll be delighted by the varied, fantastical and fresh ideas they propose.
2020 has taught us to take nothing for granted. Approach the holidays with a mind as open as the sky and help your family and friends reimagine treasured traditions. Chances are you’ll begin new traditions your family will savour and cherish for years to come.