It's the first week of December and you know what that means
it's the holiday season!
Although the holidays hold some of the best memories and are a time to enjoy with family, they aren't always picture perfect. Whether it's the stress of buying the best gift or that one family member who's coming in for the holidays, it can be quite a chaotic time. Now, add a little bit of 2020 into the mix, and it's a whole other story.
It goes without saying that this year has been full of surprises and cancellations. Surely, your thanksgiving was different than any other year - what's in store for Hanukkah, Christmas, New Years', etc.? We can't help but wonder what will happen after the fact, but all we know for sure is that the CDC does not recommend gatherings nor travel. Please remember to continue checking in on your loved ones even if you cannot visit them. The holidays are known to welcome very unwanted guests: stress and depression. There are many ways to still enjoy a celebration virtually or with your own household. Let's keep the holiday spirit alive!
Have your whole family participate in a Secret Santa or White Elephant gift exchange. Even for those who live across the country - they can ship the gift!
Write heartfelt letters to your loved ones, near or far! When did the annual holiday card go out of style? Receiving a nice picture of your family members along with a sweet message has to be one of the best actions of the season.
Make it a movie night. Who said the holidays are all about gifts? Have a yummy dinner with your household and end the night with some hot chocolate and your favorite holiday movie - the youngest household member picks the movie!
Have a baking contest. Hop on a group video call with the entire family and see who can come up with the best cookies, brownies, or cake within an hour!
It may not be your typical holiday season, but this can be a great time to bond with those closest to you and enjoy a time of love and laughter, not just gifts.