This is the year to incorporate virtual options into the upcoming holidays. We are all disappointed that we cannot gather with our family and friends as we traditionally do. There comes a time that we just need to face the facts and do the right thing. That does not mean we cannot find a fun way to do it!
With a little bit of pre-planning and ingenuity you will be able to interact. Anyone with a computer, or phone can do these virtual activities to help connect with loved ones on Facetime, Skype, or Zoom. Here are just a few virtual ideas:
Dress it up: Hold a virtual ugly sweater, craziest hat, or fun PJ contest.
Schedule a cookie making session: Set up cameras in the kitchen as you bake and chat. Have each participant package up a goodie box for a cookie exchange. Or share your goodies by leaving a cookie care package with the neighbors down the street.
Play a game: Virtually adjust games such as Bingo, Charades, Trivia, Card games, or Draw and Guess. The possibilities are endless. There are a ton of websites offering ideas, random game generators and hints on how to change things up for a virtual experience.
Movies: Some families have the tradition of watching a particular movie. Set a time to sit down and watch it together virtually. If you have Netflix, Teleparty is an app which allows you to schedule a time and invite others to join in.
Virtual crafting: Create your own craft class by finding a fun craft idea on Pinterest. Let everyone know what supplies are needed and set a date and time. Spice it up as a “paint and sip” where everyone enjoys hot apple cider with the kiddos, or for adult only crafting – mulled wine.
Talent show: Everyone has a gift! It can be serious, or funny. Show off your personal talent whether it is singing, dancing or an unusual ability. Kids, adults and even the family pet can be involved!
Virtual meal sharing: Connect with family virtually and set them at the family table. If family is close by, make your favorite dishes, meet briefly for a “dish-swap”, then connect virtually to enjoy your traditional family dishes. Long-distance families can share your “secret family recipe.”
Virtual anything: The sky is really the limit on what you can do virtually. Connect and sing Christmas carols, show off your decorated trees for a “best” and “worst” in show. You can even still hold your gift exchange.
Set a goal to come together when the time is right. Start discussing the possibility of a future family reunion or Christmas in July. Taking precautions this holiday season lowers the risk of COVID-19 impacting your loved ones.
There are a ton of ideas on the internet. Do some research and make the best of this holiday season.