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Celebrating in the Midst of DIVOC: A Guide to Healthy Holidays This Fall

 FALL in Love with these Autumn Holiday Socially Distanced Plans

As fall advances, it’s clear that the 2020 holiday season will be unlike any other. The leaves are changing from green to orange and red, the wind blows cooler and cooler, and as the days tick by we draw closer to Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and then the winter holidays- Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. 


As far away as it may feel, the New Year is just around the corner. But as fall and winter holidays approach, DIVOC restrictions and social distancing are threatening traditional holiday celebrations.

Your event planners recognize how important it is to honor and celebrate our traditions while still maintaining your health and safety, so we’ve put together a list of ideas on how to spend the upcoming holidays safely connected to loved ones.


LABOR DAY

Traditionally the holiday of barbecues and weekends at the lake, you can still connect with loved ones to celebrate your Labor Day. For people who live near each other, consider hosting a picnic at a local park. Give yourselves plenty of social distancing space while still enjoying a meal together. Alternatively, stream your favorite movie together from different locations through sites like Netflix Party or Kast and share a movie night under the stars just as if you were at your cabin.



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HALLOWEEN (unofficial holiday)

Trick or treating is almost easier when you add social distancing into the mix! Set up stations around your house with different candy jars and decorations and create a contactless miniature trick or treat route, or organize a car parade for each tricker treater to march up to and receive some goodies! You can also host a Zoom party (costumes required, of course) and share spooky stories against a digital Halloween background with each other from the comfort of your own room.


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THANKSGIVING

Though your heart may not feel as full without your house packed with relatives, Thanksgiving doesn’t have to feel lonely. If you’re missing the Macy’s Parade, watch a rerun of one from previous years and play a scavenger hunt to see what things you can find on the screen!

Plan a video-crafting date with a loved one and compete to see who can make the best paper-hand turkey, or even stream a relative to get their perfect gravy recipe. 


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CHRISTMAS

While Christmas may be one of the hardest holidays to lose, you can still spend precious time with your family and friends. One fun way to get in the holiday spirit is to plan a Christmas decoration tour!

Set up a caravan of friends or loved ones and drive around your neighborhood or other local areas and vote on who has the best decorations! If you’re missing the fun in the snow, head to a park or field with some friends and see who can build the best social distancing snowman!

Sending homemade holiday cards by mail is a wonderful way to connect with family that lives far away, and you can always Zoom together on Christmas morning to open presents together.


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KWANZAA

The Nguzo Saba will guide families into traditional celebrations even from a distance. Do a virtual week of presentations by assigning each of the seven principles to a different person, placing them in charge of guiding the storytelling and musical choices that evening. 

Mail drawings or clippings of the traditional symbols to your family members as a way to learn about each’s importance, and finish the week off with Zawadi and kinara crafting together before mailing them to their recipients.


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HANUKKAH

A holiday centered around an underdog victory can certainly withstand the challenge of social distancing! You can still light the menorah together through Zoom or FaceTime, and even trade off who gets to light certain candles on specific nights.


Mailing Hanukkah greetings and gifts is a nice way to feel your family’s presence even if you’re far apart, and there are digital dreidel games that will let you compete just as ferociously as you have in years past!


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NEW YEAR

The New Year will be a welcome change for many of us, and luckily it’s not too challenging to plan some fun New Year’s events while social distancing. For warmer locales, consider having a garden party with carefully spread out chairs and tables. 

Count down to the New Year and toast from a distance with your loved ones present. You can find a ton of great firework show recordings online, so end your night by hopping on YouTube or another video platform for a spectacular yet safe firework show under the *virtual* stars.


Celebrating in the Midst of DIVOC: A Guide to Healthy Holidays This Fall

Final Thought

Though holidays might feel like an impossible or overwhelming scenario, there are plenty of ways to still celebrate and see your loved ones. Whether it’s via Zoom or car parade, you’re sure to fall in love with the autumn and winter holidays again, and the magic of the season will soon make everything seem wonderful.






27 comments:

  1. Love all your ideas hun!

    xoxo
    Lovely

    http://mynameislovely.com

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  2. I love the thanksgiving place settings. The words across a plate set a great tone for the dinner.

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  3. I've already been thinking on what will happen Thanksgiving and Christmas and dreading it a little. These are great ideas!

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  4. Really fun ideas for celebrating the upcoming holidays. I guess this really is our new normal...we will be living in a socially distanced culture for quite some time. We need to think outside the box to keep our spirits up. Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas and linking up with me.

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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  5. Those thanksgiving place settings are to die for! Visiting you from the recharge wed. link up. laurensparks.net

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  6. Really good ideas and I love all the pictures too. Thanks for sharing

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  7. This is a great heads up, because these holidays will be here before I am ready!

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  8. Such great decoration ideas!

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  9. Fun ideas! Thank you for linking up at Embracing Home and Family!

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  10. Lovely decorations and I think, your pointers for celebration under Covid, are pretty spot on. What was "supposed to disappear" in the summer - is very much live, come Fall.
    Thank you for sharing at Meraki Link Party.
    Naush

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  11. Wonderful ideas and very creative tittle!

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  12. Great ideas. They already "cancelled" trick-or-treating where we live, and I feel bad for how all this affects the kids. It's a new challenge to find ways for them to find joy in the holidays under these unique circumstances. Visiting from the Thoughtful Thursdays link up today.

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  13. What a fantastic round up of event ideas! What would we do without the internet and Zoom! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday.

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  14. IT's good to have some ideas floating out there as we plan for "Different" in 2020

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  15. So many creative ideas. The Halloween decorations are really cute!

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  16. A friend asked me the other day what I think the holidays will be like this year. Now I will share your fabulous ideas with him. I could get into the Christmas decoration tour. Great title.

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  17. Those place settings are really pretty!
    www.chezmireillefashiontravelmom.com

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  18. I will still be decorating the house for Halloween and places bags of sweets on the door step for anyone who does ring the bell, I'm planning to pack them a weeks a head and label them as covid friendly, just grab a bag and go. Christmas will be spent in Dubai with my husband, it's just the two of us anyway. Gifts have been wrapped already in the UK and will be posted out before I leave in November. We just tend to go out for lunch, but I do decorate the house and voice over internet calls are banned there. New Year in Dubai is just too busy and I doubt they will have the fireworks this year, usually we just walk to the end of our road or watch them from a friends roof top anyway. Thanks for linking with #pocolo

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  19. At the start of the pandemic I think a lot of us were expecting things to be back to something like normal by Autumn. Sadly it's looking like a very different Christmas this year as cases start to rise again. These are great ideas for keeping morale up. Thanks for sharing at the link up!

    Emma xxx
    www.style-splash.com

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  20. What pretty place settings for thanksgiving. I need these! There are some lovely ideas here for the holidays. Thank you for joining us for the #dreamteamlinky

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  21. Excellent ideas for Holidays while social distancing! I'd love for you to share over at our weekly Wednesday Creative Crafts Linky Party https://creativelybeth.com/creative-crafts-linky-party-7-join-in-the-fun/
    Have a great week!
    Creatively, Beth

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  22. I didn't realize Thanksgiving parades had been cancelled. Maybe the jolt of all the changes will help us to be more fully focused on the deeper meaning of our fall and winter celebrations.

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  23. That Thanksgiving table looks fabulous!

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  24. These are beautiful ideas! And even in these times, I agree that the magic of the season cannot be dulled!

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  25. Lovely decorations to cheer everyone up #alittlebitofeverything@_karendennis

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