with Hannah Garland

  • Hannah Garland

10 ways to have a Covid Christmas

Updated: Dec 18, 2020

Now, more than ever, everyone needs a little Christmas cheer. Here are some creative ways you can connect with others and show you care.

This holiday season is different than any other in our lifetime. Zoom holiday gatherings with family. Drive by gift giving with friends. Attempts at outdoor dinners in December. Long, quiet Christmas days that were once bustling with running children and the sound of music. This is a year that has pushed many people to their limits physically, emotionally, and financially. It might be easier to forgo meeting with people at all within this new, challenging, and uncomfortable paradigm but now, more than ever, we need to do it.

It is up to you how this season goes and how you spread Christmas cheer. Will it be a lonely season to top off a crummy year? Will it be a season where we go out of our way to make other people feel loved? Instead of lamenting that you can’t gather as you would in previous years, be creative and intentional with how you connect with others.

The core tenets of Christmas are constants we can rely on and uphold this year: love, joy, peace, faith, and fellowship. Make this season about ensuring that people feel loved, special, and cared for. Your gesture could be the one that carries someone’s through this tough time.

With 8 days left until Christmas, consider what you can do to for others this year:

  1. Reach out to family members who live alone and schedule video calls. Those who are alone need connection this season more than ever.

  2. Make a few batches of cookies or quick bread and drop them off at friends’ houses with cards. It doesn’t have to be extravagant. People will appreciate that you thought of them and took the time to drive. Share a glass of wine on their porch (and then drive responsibly). Make it easy on yourself. I love using this bread mix that you can find at Costco.

  3. Bundle up with a friend who is willing to meet for coffee or go on a walk.

  4. If you will miss having a large family gathering, drive to see each person one on one. Spread it out over several days if you need to. In a way, this is superior to a large gathering because you can have uninterrupted conversation without the pressure to host, clean your home, or cook.

  5. If you have a fire pit or access to one in a park, invite people over for December s’mores and hot chocolate.

  6. Do an activity with family via video call like making a gingerbread house. You can have kits sent to everyone’s houses before the call.

  7. For older family members like grandparents: video the children opening presents or doing another special tradition and send them the video.

  8. Do a large gathering outdoors if you can. Around here, I know people who are opting for a ski day with family. Even if you can't ski, it may be possible for you to get outdoors with family if you live in less harsh conditions.

  9. Remember that so many other people are suffering. Donate warm clothes and blankets to your local shelters.

  10. Take care of a family in need. Teach your children to care for others by sponsoring a family or giving toys to children who have less than you do. Here are several organizations you can donate to.

It’s up to you to bring the light this Christmas. Don’t let the challenges of this year become excuses that prevent you from connecting with others.

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