The holidays may be shaping up to be more different than ever, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate. All it takes is a little bit of caution. As you and your clients look for ways to live your holiday dreams to the fullest, here are five tips to inspire you with a safety-approach in mind.
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Leverage technology to stay connected to loved ones.
The end of 2020 is near, and by this point, we’ve all experienced our fair share of virtual gatherings – perhaps even a bit of digital fatigue. But, our virtual holiday gatherings don’t have to follow stringent conference call rules. Make things more exciting by gamifying your gathering of choice with a:
1. Virtual scavenger hunt
2. Virtual trivia night
3. Virtual bingo
4. Coloring contest
5. Virtual Secret Santa
6. Virtual gingerbread or cookie-decorating contest
Get a head start on your grocery shopping.
When planning out the remainder of your December, keep in mind that the closer we get to the last stretch of the month, the more crowded your local grocery store is likely to be. Take a second to plan out your festive meals for the season (pamper yourself with extra treats – you’ve earned it!), and hit the grocery stores before the big influx begins, or simply shop during non-peak hours. Grocery stores see the highest crowds on weekends and between 4 – 6 p.m. on weekdays. If your lifestyle permits, shopping at 8 a.m. or 8 p.m. will make a great difference.
You can take extra safety precautions by utilizing your local supermarket’s curbside pickup service. While, in many cases, the service itself will cost a few extra dollars, customers have actually saved money on their groceries by not giving into temptations that were not on their original shopping list.
Deliver curbside or porchside cheer.
Surprise your loved ones with contactless cheer by dropping off a much-coveted larger gift they’ve had their eye on, or a simply curated DIY basket. Some ideas include:
- Cookie decorating kit
- Gingerbread house kit
- Charcuterie board
- Hot chocolate bomb kit
- Self-care kit filled with pampering items
- Quarantine fun board games kit
- A set of books to jump-start the new year
- Journaling kit
Unable to drop off? The gesture will still be appreciated – even via delivery service. If you’re feeling financially strained, call ahead and do some drive-by caroling for a creative twist on a fun tradition. You’ll enjoy seeing their bright smiles from six feet apart and vice versa.
Decorate the day away.
Being surrounded by familiar decor is especially important to maintain the sense of comfort that is usually associated with the holiday season. This year, turn the decorating process into a full-on celebration! Pour a glass of eggnog or mulled wine, turn on your favorite holiday music, and get to work. For an extra-special ritual, consider picking a decor theme, and even taking some time to create your own ornaments, including wreaths, tree toppers, and other trinkets.
Monitor closings, restrictions, and stay-at-home orders.
As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to increase across the country, staying informed of closings, restrictions, and stay-at-home orders will empower you to make the right decisions for the health and safety of your family and friends. This New York Times interactive website offers the latest numbers and regulations in all 50 states.
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