Safe ways to celebrate the holidays this year

Emma B., Staff Reporter

With the holidays right round the corner, many peoples’ usual ways of celebrating have to be modified. The CDC recommends keeping gatherings only to those within your household, and to avoid large parties of people. As COVID-19 numbers continue to increase across the U.S., the CDC continues to warn Americans of the dangers of large gatherings. 

Typical holiday gatherings pose a large threat to the health and safety of all attending during the COVID-19 pandemic. When planning celebrations this holiday season keep in mind any and all risk factors; levels of COVID-19 within your community, exposure during travel, location and duration of your gathering, number of people at the gathering, and attendees’ behaviors prior to and during the gathering.

Instead of attending or hosting a holiday party this year, consider some new, safer alternatives for you and your family to enjoy.

  1. Have fun outside in the snow- If you live somewhere snowy, enjoy a day outside sledding, skiing, skating, or building a snowman. Being outdoors is a safer way to see friends and family, and there are a variety of ways to be entertained while spending time outside.
  2. Mail gifts- Gift-giving doesn’t have to end just because you can’t see people in person. Mailing your gifts can still bring joy to everyone who is homebound for the holidays.
  3. Try cooking or baking something new- All those recipes you’ve saved but never had the time to try? Now is the perfect time to  break out your cookbooks! Making a meal or dessert can be a great way to spend time with your family.
  4. Watch all your favorite holiday movies- Instead of all the usual holiday stresses, why not let this year be the year to just relax for a change? Put on an old favorite holiday movie, or watch something new you have been wanting to see.
  5. Stream a virtual performance of the Nutcracker- with the performance season being cancelled for ballet companies everywhere, most have chosen to record their performances. You can support by buying tickets to a virtual performance, and enjoy watching a holiday classic.
  6.  Have a video chat with friends and family you may be missing- despite not being able to see people in person this year, you can still catch up and spend time together via video chat. This is a great way to show those you love that you care, and lift everyone’s spirits.
  7. Choose to donate this year- 2020 has been a difficult year for many people, if you aren’t splurging on your holiday celebration and gifts this year, try donating to those in need instead.