The December holiday season can be very stressful for some people. Add in the worry of the pandemic and concerns about loved ones’ health during the holidays, family separations can make it feel hard to keep spirits bright.
Here are some ways for families to connect over the holidays despite the distance:
- Give Back: This time of year is called "The Season of Giving" for a reason. You will be surprised by how filled your heart will be by helping others who are in need. Seek out those opportunities to volunteer your time. Don't let the holiday blues stop you from enjoying the kindness of others.
- Make an Ornament: Creating an ornament for your tree is a fun family tradition. For those creativity-challenged among us, you can buy an ornament, go to an ornament-making class at a local craft store, or paint premade ornaments. The hunt for the perfect ornament each year can become a yearly family tradition.
- Make Cookies Or Open Gifts Over Video Chat: Consider opening gifts or decorating cookies over video chat. This is a great way to feel connected. If you have kids, this would make their holidays a special one.
- Have Virtual Story Time: Ask Grandma or Grandpa to read holiday picture books over video chat.
- Send Some Love: Receiving a care package to a loved one - even beyond the holidays - can be a real morale-booster. Picking out items, sending photos, creating homemade art and packing them can help your family feel closer to your loved one. They will appreciate anything you send as well.