There’s no sense beating around the bush, so let’s just go out and say it: the holidays are going to be different this year. This pandemic has changed a lot of things for us and celebrating in big numbers unfortunately just won’t be possible. Honestly, it kinda (really) sucks, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have to be sipping your eggnog all alone in your apartment and singing “All I want for Christmas is you” by yourself. There’s still lots of ways you can have COVID safe holidays, so here are a few of our festive suggestions:
1- Spread some yuletide cheer near and far by sending holiday cards to your friends and family. Honestly, there’s nothing like getting a greeting card delivered the old-fashioned way, am I right? There’s something so charming about opening your mailbox and getting a personal hand-written note from a loved one. Let’s get writing people!
2- Find an outdoor winter activity you can enjoy with someone. We’re so lucky to have four distinct seasons here in Canada, so we should really make the most of our beautiful winters. Snowshoeing, ice skating, cross-country skiing, snow tubing and long walks in nature are just a few activities you can do during the holiday break that are super COVID friendly and fun.
3- Have a staycation! Hotels are struggling right now since nobody’s really travelling, so why not rent a nice hotel room for a couple nights and be a tourist in your own city? It’ll feel good to change atmospheres and experience the city in a different way and plus, the local economy will thank you for it.
4- Have an at home spa day. Everybody deserves a break and some “me time” right now so treat yourself to a little self-care day right in the comfort of your own home. Give yourself a mani-pedi, light some candles, pour yourself a glass of wine and have a hot bath with your favourite Alper bath oil. (Peppermint Pattie anyone?)
5- Give friends and family some homemade cooking or baking. Let’s be real, one of the best things about the holiday season is all the yummy food we get to eat. But since we won’t be having big family gatherings, why not make some yourself and deliver those delicious treats to your friends and family? Trust me, it’s probably the best gift you could give.
6- Phone or FaceTime a loved one who’s on their own this holiday season. It’s important not to forget those who live alone and are more at risk of catching the virus than others. Especially our elders. One of the best things we can do is give them a call and tell them we’re thinking about them. It can make all the difference in someone’s day and give them that boost they need to get through this harder period.
All in all, even though this holiday season will be different, we can still make the most of it and enjoy it in different ways, we just need to get a little creative! How are you going to celebrate this year while being COVID safe?
By: Madeleine Massicotte