Limits on in-person gatherings don’t have to mean a lonely holiday season. In fact, you can likely find a way to carry on all of your usual holiday traditions without leaving your apartment, including interacting with family and friends. To help you stay connected, Morguard has put together a list of ways to eat, drink, and be merry while following COVID-19 guidelines.
Have a Holiday Movie Watch Party
What are your favorite holiday flicks? Make a list, check it twice, then ask friends and family to add theirs to build a Holiday Watch Party playlist. Use Teleparty (formerly Netflix Party), Amazon Watch Party, Metastream, or a similar watch party service so you can all tune in together.
Exchange Holiday Recipes
There may be no holiday traditions more time-honored than recipes. If your celebratory meal isn’t complete without Aunt Linda’s cornbread stuffing or grandma’s apple pie, ask them to email you their recipe. If it’s not top secret, publish the recipe on a website like Food52 or Allrecipes so others can enjoy. Once you have all the family recipes together, share them with everyone who would normally be joining you in person for dinner, so even virtually you can share the “same” meal!
Eat Together, Virtually
Permission to ignore the Zoom work meeting faux-pas of snacking on camera. It’s the holidays, so eating alone is not on the menu. Set up your phone, tablet, or laptop and grab a seat at the virtual table. This is a unique opportunity to get everyone together, regardless of where in the world they may be.
Play a Holiday-Themed Game
Holiday Bingo, anyone? Or how about Chubby Elf, Chubby Bunny’s yuletide cousin? Pick a virtual holiday game or three to play. Raise the stakes and competition by offering gift cards to the winners!
Host a Virtual White Elephant Gift Exchange
The White Elephant Gift Exchange rules are simple. To make the exchange virtual, request that all attendees purchase an e-gift card to a different online store, and send them to you in advance. Then, write down and add everyone’s name to a hat. When you meet up virtually, draw names at random and announce their e-gift card. Other guests can “steal” their gift card, or choose an “unwrapped” card when it’s their turn.
Volunteer Virtually Together
The holiday season is also a season of giving. There are many ways to give back to others without leaving your home. Make it a group activity by inviting your friends and family to virtually volunteer with you.
Make New Traditions at Home
Finding a new way to enjoy Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or whatever holiday you may celebrate is an opportunity to create new traditions. Think outside the box, try new things, and invite everyone you can to join in. After all, there’s no limit on virtual gatherings!
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