How To Celebrate The Holidays During COVID

The holiday season is shaping up to look a lot different than it ever has, thanks to COVID-19. With daily hospitalizations and death rates rapidly increasing, the country seems to be nearing the verge of another lockdown, and if it isn’t, maybe it should be. Although many people have resumed their normal activities and adjusted to life with masks and hand sanitizers, we must still take precautions. With no end in sight to this global pandemic, people will have to get creative on how they plan on celebrating the holidays with family and friends.

Protect The Elderly

At this point, it should really go without saying, but the elderly and immunocompromised should be protected at all costs. Large family gatherings may be a cultural staple, but this year, maybe it would be a better idea to make dinner for your loved ones and drop it off to them to ensure their safety.

Limit Your Guests

Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations are notorious for having swarms of people pulling up at someone’s house at any given time of the day. It’s usually one of the only times you’re expected to bring an unannounced “friend” over or where you can see most of your entire family in one place. If you just can’t see yourself staying home or closing your doors to family, then try to limit your guest list. In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo is currently limiting home gatherings to no more than ten people to help slow the spread of COVID. Check your local laws and use your best judgment.

Stay Home

It may feel depressing or lonely, but it’s the one sure thing you can do to remain safe and ensure others’ safety. Honestly, we’ve already made it this far in the year with limited social interaction; skipping out on another one won’t hurt (too bad). However, since lockdown, the suicide rates have drastically increased, so if you or someone you know is struggling, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Volunteer

If you have been fortunate enough to maintain employment and a roof over your head during this pandemic, consider yourself blessed. As thousands of people across the nation battle joblessness and homelessness, shelters and nonprofit organizations could use help caring for those in need.

Make The Best Of It

Understand that these are unprecedented times. While everyone is anxious to get back to “normal,” the truth is, adjusting our behaviors collectively is the only way to make it through this. Use Zoom, FaceTime, practice social distancing, and wear your masks. It’s not ideal to have to create workarounds for traditional celebrations, but the gift of life is what we should all be most thankful for.

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