Merry Christmas

This Christmas, it may be hard not to feel like the Grinch who stole Christmas. But, before you try to fast forward into the New Year, look for ways to find some fun this holiday season. The Coronavirus pandemic will cause everyone's  Christmas to be unusual, but you can get creative and find some new ways to celebrate—and some of your ideas may be so good that you’ll make some new traditions along the way.

Here’s how to make your Christmas special, even if concerns about COVID-19 mean you’ll have to celebrate the holidays away from your loved ones.

1) Although things will be a lot different this year, still set up the Christmas decorations. Hang that beautiful wreath on your door. Put up an artificial tree or better yet, go get a live one and decorate it. Also, make special food for the people who stay in your household. 

2) There are lots of people shopping online this year, so you'll want to take advantage of the free shipping and send gifts early to make sure that your loved ones receive them on time. 

3) Yeah, you might be tired of your family members who stay under the same roof with you and they may be tired of you and each other right now, but think of fun ways to help set the holiday season apart. Create festive activities for each day, rather than sit around and watch television or that iPhone/Android. Your Christmas activities don’t have to be elaborate—it could just be drinking hot cocoa together and wearing Santa hats or listening to Christmas music drinking a little rum. However, when gathering in person outdoors, consider keeping celebrations to the daytime hours, when it might be a little bit warmer and more comfortable to spend time outside. Look for outdoor activities that can be socially distanced and keep you active, like sledding or snow-fort making. And don’t forget to serve hot foods and drinks to help keep everyone toasty. Do your Secret Santa exchange around an outdoor picnic table or fire pit. 

4) Lastly, please don't forget to spread joy. If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s how much the people in our lives mean to us, so go ahead and spread some happiness where you can. Write down how much the people you love mean to you and send it out to them. Make Christmas cookies and leave some with your friends and neighbors—or drop off pizza or other treats at a local nursing home, hospital, or fire department to brighten the lives of the people there.

Merry Christmas, Everyone and Happy New Year!!

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