A COVID Surge
While vaccines have begun to be distributed across the nation, the surge of new COVID-19 cases in the United States is continuing to rise. As of December 14, the New York Timesreported the daily average of new COVID-19 cases was 31% higher than the average recorded 2 weeks ago.
Experts believe we are in the post-Thanksgiving surge of cases that was predicted due to the high levels of travel and gatherings that took place over the holiday. Even though there is hope with a new vaccine, there are still concerns about the spread of COVID-19 during the upcoming holidays.
The safest option is to celebrate with the members of your household and avoid traveling or large indoor gatherings. If you are looking for fun, exciting and safe holiday activities, check out our list below!
Safe Holiday Activities to Try
- Have a family craft night! You can decorate your own festive stockings to hang up or make homemade ornaments. This ornament recipe is simple and easy, and you can use cookie cutters to make holiday shapes! For all the pet lovers out there, you can cut a circle out with a cup and gently press your pet’s paw into the dough. Once baked and cooled, you can decorate these homemade ornaments anyway you like!
- Have a game night. Break out old family favorites, classics, new board games, or even start a holiday puzzle you can work on throughout the week. Many local game stores will allow you to shop online, virtually or over the phone and have contactless curbside pickup for those wanting to try out new games! One of our all-time family favorites is Ticket to Ride.
- Have a baking day. Baking together is both a fun and safe holiday tradition, and so is decorating your baked goods together afterwards. Click here for a list of healthy holiday cookie recipes!
- Have a family karaoke night, Christmas style! Sing all your favorite Christmas classics together to lift everyone’s mood and get your whole family into the Christmas spirit.
- Have a Christmas movie marathon! Everyone in your family can pick their favorite holiday movie, write it down on a sticky note, fold it up and put it in a bowl. Draw one at a time to watch! You can watch them all in one day or watch one each night.
- Get outside! Take a winter hike, go sledding, go ice skating at an outdoor rink that requires masks and social distancing, walk through your neighborhood and admire everyone’s holiday decorations, watch fireworks, etc.!
- Host a virtual get together with extended family and/or friends. Pick a date and time and send out Zoom invites so everyone can still feel connected. You can all bake, decorate cookies, or decorate the tree “together” and catch up during the process! You can also share everyone’s favorite holiday traditions, what they look forward to most next year and start talking about plans for next Christmas. It’s even possible to have a virtual game night! Click here for a list of games to play over Zoom.
From our family to yours, we wish you a fun and safe holiday!