How to Celebrate the Holidays Safely
It is no surprise that this holiday season will look different than normal, regardless of what or how your family celebrates. But that’s no reason to stop your family and friends from spreading holiday cheer! Here are our best tips and ideas for celebrating from home. (If you have a December birthday, check out this blog post for tips to celebrate your birthday from home.)
Host a Virtual Holiday Party
While everyone is fighting Zoom fatigue (don’t forget to practice self-care using our favorite tips), a virtual celebration is recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the lowest-risk situation. Here are some ideas for the best virtual holiday party:
- Have a virtual dinner. Share recipes beforehand. Find some great ones here.
- Play virtual holiday games. Just because you aren’t face-to-face doesn’t mean you can’t play your favorite holiday games. Have a holiday scavenger hunt or host a holiday trivia night.
- Host a Secret Santa game. While this takes more planning as the presents have to be shipped and delivered before the event, it would be such a unique way of hosting this tradition. Besides who doesn’t love snail mail?. Check out this website for more information on hosting the best Secret Santa game!
- If you’re looking for a more adult party, have a winter cocktail party. Make sure everyone dresses in their finest holiday attire and vote on the best cocktail creation. Get some inspiration here.
Have an Outdoor Holiday Celebration and Plan Indoor Celebrations Wisely
Having an outdoor celebration with friends and family can be a great way to lower your risk while celebrating. Here are some things to keep in mind if you do have an in-person celebration:
- If you have a dinner, try not to do it buffet style. Having one person serve limits the risk of transmission.
- Check the infection rates. Experts recommend taking this into consideration as your party gets closer. For Florida’s transmission rates, click here.
- Be sure to follow all local guidelines, such as having a limited number of guests or following mask requirements. Check Leon County’s guidelines here.
- Consider limiting how long your celebration goes on. Experts have found that the longer you stay at a gathering, the greater the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
While things are certainly different, this is a great chance for families and friends to make new memories. Let us know how you safely celebrate by using #TallyConnection when you post a picture. And, who knows? You might just get featured on our social media account.