The holidays are all about connecting with friends, family, and loved ones. This year, because of the coronavirus pandemic, the holiday season is going to look very different than in years past. But just because we may not be able to travel and see our loved ones in person doesn’t mean we can’t connect with them and make this a special holiday season. All it takes is a little creativity — and perhaps a good WiFi connection — to make new traditions out of old ones.
Here are three easy ways to help create that sense of connection over the holidays with those who are most important in your life.
Cook and eat together over FaceTime
Planning meals and sitting down together is a big part of many people’s holiday traditions. And it still can be. All it takes is a few more ingredients. You can cook the same meal together at two different locations, or each side can make something different (and avoid holiday menu-planning arguments!).
Send a handwritten thank you note to a friend, co-worker of family member
This one doesn’t even need electronic devices. Gratitude is one of our most powerful emotions. Just writing a simple note expressing appreciation to someone in our lives can mean as much to us as it does to the recipient.
Play a game over Zoom
For many families, the holidays mean board games. Just because you can’t be together in person doesn’t mean there’s not fun to be had. So try playing one over Zoom. Plus, this way, if there’s a dispute, you’ll be able to “mute” your opponent!