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Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Celebrating the holidays even if the family can’t all be together

The 2020 holiday season is around the corner but this year will no doubt be different. The pandemic has not only left its mark on our daily lives, but its touch will also be felt as families consider how to celebrate.

Holidays and Covid-19 don’t mix well together. Gathering everyone around the table may increase the contagious risk so many may choose instead to forego the celebration or at least to scale it down.

Yet, even if your family will be separated, you can still share the holidays. It will require improvising and a shift of attitude, but with determination, you can make the best with these holiday ideas for 2020.

Suggestions to bring your family together virtually

Begin by talking with everyone who would normally be part of the holiday celebrations. Discuss ideas for how to enjoy each other while keeping everyone safe. If you decide to forego the large in-person get-togethers, start brainstorming ways you can still interact and be a part of each other’s lives.

Consider these tips to kickstart your plans:

1. Schedule a holiday mealtime video chat

Agree on a time to eat and have everyone sit down with their laptops. This is the one time when it’s acceptable to bring electronics to the dinner table. You’ll still be able to eat together and keep the family chatter going – it will just happen long distance and digitally.

2. Everyone shares the same meal

With so much change happening this year, sitting down to the traditional dinner can be comforting. Share the recipes so even if you’re miles apart you’ll still know that everyone is enjoying your grandmother’s sage dressing, just like at every other holiday meal.

3. Honor your family’s traditions

Plan ahead for ways you can still celebrate your customs, however possible. One of the easiest and most meaningful options is to have everyone take a turn and say what they’re most thankful for. Look for other traditions that may lend themselves to happening in a digital world.

4. Accept the reality of the situation

As painful or disappointing as the holidays may be this year, in the long run, it’s better not to fight what is happening and instead just accept the limitations. Not setting such high expectations can also help you plan around the needed restrictions and make the best of things.

5. Focus on the positive

Instead of dwelling on what can’t happen, shift instead to what can be shared together. If your family always gathered around the piano to sing holiday songs, you can still do that. You’ll just need to do it virtually. The pandemic doesn’t mean that there can’t be cheer. In fact, it’s up to us to make sure to create and share what we can.

6. Decide to help others

As a family, choose together a charity or other volunteering opportunity that everyone can honor this year. Maybe make a donation to a food bank or volunteer to help those less fortunate this holiday season, safely of course. Helping others is one of the best ways to take our minds off our own disappointments.

Tips if you are physically getting together

If your family has decided to get together for the holidays, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does offer suggestions to decrease the risk this year. You may want to consider these suggestions to prepare.

Recommendations from the CDC and other health organizations include:

1. Limit the number of guests invited. Smaller gatherings are safer as well as choosing those who live in your local area.

2. Don’t hug, kiss or share other physical contacts with your guests.

3. Wear masks when not eating and wash your hands often.

4. Remain 6’ apart whenever possible.

5. Open windows and doors to increase air circulation if possible.

6. Avoid sharing hand towels and replace them with paper towels.

7. Increase the space between people at the table. This is not the year to crowd everyone in.

8. Don’t pass the food around. Instead, have one person serve so everyone doesn’t touch the serving utensils. Or have everyone bring their own food and drinks and serve themselves.

9. If you live where the weather is warmer, move the feast outdoors.

10. Keep the get-together short. The longer you’re around each other, the higher the risk.

11. Don’t get together with anyone who is ill, showing signs of Covid, who may have been exposed to someone with the virus or is at high risk of severe illness if they do contract the virus.

Feeling grateful for the blessings you have

Even in 2020, almost everyone can find something in their life that sparks gratitude. You may have to search a little harder this year, but if you look long enough you’ll likely find much to be grateful for.

One suggestion often recommended during this time is taking a moment to remember what others before us have had to go through. During the war years or economic depressions, the sacrifices that were being made were great. Putting our situation in perspective to what they were asked to endure can often shift our attitude to find gratitude.

Ingleside at King Farm Independent Living

The holiday season is soon upon us and this year it will likely look different. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate and be thankful for all that we have. Ingleside at King Farm, we’re well aware of the blessings we share with each other. We hope you’ll find many reasons to be grateful in your own life and that these holiday ideas for 2020 can help.

If you’re considering a move to an independent living community, we hope you’ll visit our warm and welcoming community. You’ll find the opportunities to make wonderful new friends, enjoy our first-class amenities, engage in social activities and appreciate our maintenance-free living.

And all of this is waiting right outside your front door. But don’t worry about the times when you find yourself wanting a day in the city, as you’ll have easy access to King Farm’s shuttle system that loops to the Metro.

Call (240) 455-4582 if you have any questions or would like to schedule a personalized tour today.

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