How to Be Together and Celebrate the Holidays with COVID-19
The holidays are supposed to bring us all together. With COVID-19 refusing to settle, 2020 will be a different year for many.
We’re still celebrating the holidays. How we approach our social gatherings may look a little different.
The goal is to prevent unnecessary exposure by limiting viral transmission opportunities. That means immediate families stay together while friends and extended relatives remain home.
What Can We Do to Celebrate Together?
Although Thanksgiving may be a more intimate affair this year, you can use tools like Zoom or Microsoft Teams to stay connected. Everyone will be doing their own cooking this year, but those conversations or games can still happen.
Instead of bringing Christmas gifts (or your preferred holiday items) for a day of laughter and fun, have them shipped. You can pay Amazon and other e-commerce sites to wrap the gifts so that everyone can still get surprised. It’s fun to watch people unwrap their presents on FaceTime or another video calling service.
If you are celebrating together, it may be helpful to maintain social distancing etiquette during the pandemic. Staying six feet apart from those outside of your immediate household can potentially limit exposure opportunities.
Outdoor Activities Are Safer in 2020
It may feel like you’re missing some milestones with COVID-19. Instead of giving up or disregarding what the virus can do, try having an outdoor event instead.
If you decide to have the family over, it is better to open your windows and doors to improve indoor ventilation than to keep everything sealed.
Some communities have restrictions on how many people can be together at one time. In Washington State, that limit is 5-10 people in some counties. Other areas may not have any rules in place for the same gatherings. Please remember to follow the best practices for your community to ensure a fun holiday season for everyone.
If you don’t have technology access, writing a letter is still a fantastic way to stay connected.
What are your plans for the 2020 holiday season?