Celebrate the Christmas Holidays while in Quarantine
Even though we must socially distance, here are some fun ideas to celebrate the Christmas holidays while in quarantine!
So obviously this year celebrating the Christmas holidays is a little different because we have to celebrate while in quarantine. Although I moved to Edmonton about 5 years ago now, every year I travel back to Winnipeg (in -40 degree weather!) for Christmas with my family. Not being able to see my parents and siblings this year has me feeling more homesick than ever. The song “I’ll be home for Christmas” is just giving me all the feels. And so I have been wracking my brain, trying to think of ideas to feel closer, to still celebrate traditions, and to bring a little extra magic to Christmas this year while being socially responsible
So How Do We Make it Feel Like Christmas while in Quarantine?
In our own house I am trying to make things feel as normal as possible. Decorating the tree and the house, putting up outdoor lights, wrapping presents, baking cookies, and holiday movies on repeat. Check out this post on our Christmas Traditions!
For the family that lives further away, presents are getting shipped extra early. Zoom calls are going to be very important leading up to the big day and of course on Christmas itself. We’ll send pictures of opening presents, maybe play some games over Zoom. It would be so easy to just write this year off as a loss, not make a big deal over the holidays and get together next year instead. But that feels like giving up, like 2020 has stolen one more thing for us. And so I will fight to make this year special and magical and safe.
Activities & Ideas for Celebrating with Family/Friends in the same city
Drive Through Activities
If you live in the same city/general area, see if your city has a drive through light show! Go in separate vehicles, but experience the light magic together. Hot chocolate, carols, and lights – sharing the experience at the same time, but keeping apart. If your city doesn’t have a light show specifically maybe they have ice sculptures or an area of the city that is known for decorating their houses. Something that you can view from your vehicle that represents Christmas.
Outdoors it’s easier to keep socially distant (plus face masks help keep your face warm outside!) Snowball fights, sledding, skating, or cross country skiing. Gather neighbors on your respective lawns for a snow man making contest! Have a snow ball fight with friends in a field. Those snowball slingshots can really launch a good distance! Don’t forget the hot chocolate! (yes hot chocolate will likely be added to every idea here because, why not?)
Drive by Santa Parade
Just like people did for Birthdays this year, decorate your car and drive by your friends and families houses, honking and waving to spread joy. If you can gather some more families to join the DIY parade, all the merrier! Especially if someone you know is housebound or is quite isolated, this is a reminder that people you love are still around.
Stocking exchange or Jingling your Neighbor (not in a dirty way)
I’m sure many of you have seen trends like this before for different occasions. Essentially you fill a stocking with little gifts and goodies then leave it on your friend/neighbors doorknob with a little note explaining the game. Think ding-dong-ditch, but instead of a flaming bag of poop, it’s a bottle of wine, or little gifts. They have 24 hours to refill the stocking with new goodies and leave it on someone else’s doorknob. Or arrange it like a Secret Santa and draw names for who you will be gifting.
I mean just getting together and chatting and catching up is a great Zoom activity, but there are a few games that would be easy to play online as well. Family Feud, JackAss, Beat Shazaam, Categories, Buzz word, and Jeopardy can all be easily organized and made to be Christmas themed. Even something like Charades can be adapted for Zoom!
If you’re a family that sings or plays instruments Zoom caroling could definitely be fun as well- although I don’t know if I could convince my family to go along with it.
Baking or Cookie Decorating
Earlier in the month, arranging a cookie baking/decorating Zoom call so we can all compare skills & pretend like it’s old times where we would all bake cookies together and then gorge ourselves. If your family doesn’t bake or cook, maybe follow a cocktail recipe (or two) together instead.
Whether it’s the Nativity story, or the Night before Christmas, gather the children and have Grandma/Grandpa read it aloud to them before bed on Christmas Eve.
I don’t know if this was just our family, but at our extended family get togethers the little cousins always needed to perform something for the family. The cousins loved reading a poem/story, singing a song, playing an instrument, putting on a dance or a skit. Prepare a little show for the family and take turns performing. Plus if you record it, the home movies will be something to look back on with fondness.
If you have other ideas, please feel free to add them in the comments!
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