2020 started tough, and things only got more challenging as the year progressed. COVID-19 has ultimately changed our lives. This year might have tested our resilience, but we are coming out of it with bright colors!
As we begin to bid 2020 goodbye, we can greet the holidays with excitement. It’s still possible to celebrate Christmas, have fun decorating the house, and singing Christmas carols.
What can we do to celebrate this season during the pandemic? Here are a few ways:
- Decorate the house
- Zoom meeting calls
- Prepare good food for the family
- Play fun parlor games
- Sing Christmas Carols
- Join online seasonal events
- Exchange gifts
Decorate the House
We might not be able to travel as freely as we want to, but we can create a merry atmosphere by decorating our homes. We can still put up the Christmas tree, lights, and hang socks by the fireplace —among other things. Just by sprucing up our homes this season, we can celebrate with family and grateful hearts.
Isolation is one of the hardest things to deal with in a quarantine. It’s easy to lose touch with the outside world when you’re at home all day. But it shouldn’t stop us from spending meaningful time with loved ones.
We can organize parties in the virtual world by setting up zoom meetings or by using other online video conferencing services. This way, we can still celebrate with loved ones, and the best part is we can do it with a push of a button. Schedule meetings with friends and family to let them know how much they mean to you!
Prepare Good Food for the Family
Small celebrations with good food will never lose their charm. For this holiday season, you can still set up a feast for your family and loved ones. Learn new recipes, explore your kitchen, and have fun cooking!
In fact, more and more new recipes were created during the quarantine. And if you don’t really cook that much, it’s about time to learn and develop this skill. For example, you can learn this great recipe for an innovative glazed ham. You just need the following:
- 8-10 pound (4-5 kg) bone-in or boneless fully cooked ham
- 1/3 cup pineapple juice
- 1 cup honey
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup whole cloves
Remove rind by peeling it off, baste the ham with a super-easy Brown Sugar Ham Glaze. Bake and baste every 15 minutes —and you have a super easy, delightful glazed ham!
Play Fun Parlor Games
This is a classic. It’s a good tradition to play parlor games to celebrate this season. Parlor games are fun ways to cultivate your relationship with your loved ones. You can play charades, Santa limbo, memory games, and even a Christmas edition family feud. Here’s a list of more games you can try:
- Christmas Pictionary
- Blindfolded Christmas Drawing
- Pin the Nose on Rudolph
- Holiday Storyteller
- Name That Carol
It’s time to stretch those vocal cords! Grab a mic and sing with family! The best thing is that now, you can do karaoke online, too. Many apps and websites allow you to enjoy your favorite karaoke songs. Even this pandemic shouldn’t stop you from singing your hearts out!
Sing Christmas Carols
We’ve been singing Christmas carols for hundreds of years, and yet it never grows old when the holidays come around. This year shouldn’t be any different. Have fun singing the classics such as Jingle Bells, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, White Christmas, and 12 Days of Christmas. You can even sing with family abroad by hopping in on zoom or other communication platforms.
Donating is a great way to give back, support those in need, and celebrate the holiday season. You can even start or help donation drives! This year, we need to be kind more than ever and reach out to our brothers and sisters in need.
Join Online Seasonal Events
People are becoming more and more creative in organizing social events online. Not only have we switched to working and going to school from home, but we’ve also transitioned to virtual festivals and parties. Check out cool online parties and music festivals!
2020 has indeed been a tough year. Lives have changed because of the pandemic, but some things will always stay the same. The holiday season is still a beautiful time to celebrate, connect, and be grateful for all the blessings we’ve received. We can always appreciate this when we open our hearts to gratitude. Happy holidays!