There seems to be two camps of holiday revelers: those who blast carols the minute thanksgiving plates are cleared, and those left frantically shopping on December 24th. If you ask us, it’s never too early to start the holiday merrymaking. Granted, 2020 hasn’t gone exactly as planned (understatement of the year), but that doesn’t mean we can’t forge onward with new family traditions and reimagine old ones to suit our new landscape. And for that, we give you a very Covid Christmas, courtesy of @Jessen.Schulman. Let the tinsel and garlands commence.
This year hasn’t exactly gone as planned, and the holiday season may look a little different for our families but even amidst all the uncertainty there are still plenty of ways we can celebrate the magic of the season!
Here are a few (social distancing friendly) ideas to make this holiday season special with your loved ones!
- Holiday Cards - It’s one of our favorite holiday traditions, and one that everyone can still partake in! Now more than ever, people need a feeling of community and connectedness, so this is definitely the year to keep this tradition going. Maybe add in a little note, or holiday themed drawings from the kids this year to make it extra special.
- Decorate Early - Decorate early and have fun with it! Decorate a new part of the house, add garland over a door, put twinkle lights or even a small tree in the kids rooms. My kids go crazy for twinkle lights!
- Door Drop Cookie Swap - A COVID friendly twist on a favorite holiday tradition. Organize friends and neighbors and instruct them to leave their goodies in a fun tin or package on the front porch. Or if the weather is nice, take your neighborhood cookie swap outside!
Christmas Movie Marathon - Turn on the twinkly lights, get cozied up in your holiday jammies and enjoy some favorite holiday movies with your kiddos. Here are a few of our favorite kid-friendly holiday movies:
- The Grinch
- The Polar Express
- Home Alone
- The Santa Clause
- Frosty the Snowman
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
- I’ll Be Home For Christmas
- A Christmas Carol
- Arthur Christmas
- Miracle on 34th Street
- Jingle all the Way
- Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- A Charlie Brown Christmas
- Mickey's Once Upon A Christmas
- Annabelle's Wish
- Winter Wonderland Family Slumber Party - Gather all the pillows and blankets and create a holiday fort near the twinkling lights of your tree. This is sure to help make staying at home a little more magical!
- Homemade Ornaments - We love a good holiday craft in our house, and always make it a point to create new ornaments each year. You can get a kit from the store, wooden cutouts, or use pinecones and embellish with glitter, paint, cotton balls, ribbon and beads!
- Send Holiday Cards to Armed Forces and Children’s Hospitals - A wonderful way to bring extra meaning to the season. Have fun making cards with your family and sending well holiday wishes to those overseas or in the hospital.
- Candy Cane Hunt - This one is especially fun for the younger ones! Hide candy canes around the house and let the kiddos have fun searching! You could even step up your game and turn it into a scavenger hunt with clues for the older ones and a larger prize at the end.
- Holiday Hot Chocolate Bar - Nothing warms us up like a good cup of hot chocolate! We usually set up a hot chocolate bar with all the toppings when we decorate gingerbread houses or watch a holiday movie. To make this extra special, use festive mugs and don’t skimp on the topping selections! A few of our favorites include: whipped cream, marshmallows, crushed candy canes, chocolate chips, sprinkles, and caramel syrup!
There are plenty of ways to keep the holiday magic alive and well, even in the middle of a pandemic. So have fun and never underestimate the power of twinkle lights!
And there you have it, folks. A magical, (socially distanced) holiday. Moral of the story? It’s less about flawless decor and more about making memories. Someone pass us the cocoa. It’s time for family movie night.