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5 Safe Ways to be Social This Holiday Season

Monday, December 07, 2020 9:33 AM

Holiday gatherings may look different this year due to COVID-19, but you can still find plenty of ways to spread cheer.

Virtual Holiday

Here are a few options to consider for adjusting typical traditions based on your comfort level:

1. Tradition: Cookie swaps
Modification: Bake those cookies, wrap them with care and then leave them on the doorsteps of all those participating.

2. Tradition: Air travel
Modification: If you’re uncomfortable with airports and air travel, consider taking a road trip or connect virtually. Schedule holiday toasts and gift exchanges via a live video celebration with family and friends.

3. Tradition: Passing the food around
Modification: Instead of a buffet or passing the potatoes around the table, designate one person to dish up everyone’s plates.

4. Tradition: Attending a religious service
Modification: Most faith-based groups have found a way to let people join online or by phone—this is a great alternative to larger gatherings if you’re concerned about putting yourself and others at risk.

5. Tradition: Warm hugs
Modification: Welcome each other with warm words and waves.