COVID Christmas by Luz Lainez

2020 is coming to an end and a new year is upon us which means the holidays are near. However, the whole world is still dealing with a pandemic. This year’s annual traditions may not look the same. Instead of being a Grinch due to the changes, it is better to embrace the new opportunities to celebrate unique holiday traditions during the most wonderful time of the year. To best enjoy the holidays here is a compilation of different ways to spread a little Christmas spirit, rather than COVID.  

Note: If you do decide to celebrate Christmas in public areas I strongly encourage you to wear your mask, keep social distancing, and don’t forget to wash your hands!

  1. Do a “25 Days of Giving” Donation Box

Advent calendars are a great way to be excited about the holiday. But this year lots of people are going through tough economic times, so why not help? The point of the 25 days giving box is to put food items every day until Christmas and then donate the box to someone in need.  

  1. Schedule a Virtual Santa or Mrs. Claus Visit

This year it seems like Santa is working from home and you now have the opportunity to chat with him from the comfort of your home. There are programs that allow scheduling a 10-minute video call with Santa himself. These programs are around $20.

  1. Make holiday TikToks

Tiktok has taken over 2020 and why not incorporate it during your Christmas celebrations. Tiktok is a great new way to learn some new holiday dances and trends. Who knows you might go viral as well!

  1. Festive baking

A great way to celebrate Christmas and fill your house with the holiday smell is to bake. Along with all the festive fun, that will occur there will need to be food to fuel up and the best way of doing so is with festive sugar cookies, gingerbread houses, cinnamon rolls, peanut butter snowballs, and s’mores.

  1. Stream “The Nutcracker” and Other Holiday Performances Online

Christmas is the season of giving. This year lots of holiday productions have decided to give free access to a Livestream of their performance. For example, the Nutcracker at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will be available to watch from December 17 through December 31 for no cost. 

  1. Have a Holiday Movie Marathon

Classic movies are a must during the holiday season and there is no better way to spend time with friends and family than to binge some holiday classics. All you need is movies and snacks to have a great time. Apps, such as Netflix party and telepathy, allow you to watch a movie with people online. Some great movies are Elf, Home Alone, The Polar Express, Arthur Christmas, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

  1. Decorate Your House to the Max

In Nicaragua, traditionally people don’t really decorate the outside of their house much but why not start that tradition this year. Decreations can make your home feel like your very own winter wonderland and definitely put you in the mood for the holiday season. 

Happy Holidays! 🙂

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