Did you know that Dr. Fauci confirmed Santa Claus is immune to COVID-19?
What a relief. Because parents all over, not just in the United States, but across the world are feeling the pressure and fatigue of pandemic life. So many things are unsure, unexpected, and unprecedented. Realistically, they’re also unpredictable. That’s why it’s such a relief to know Santa Claus is immune to COVID-19 and our kids will have some kind of respite from all of the chaos the pandemic has caused.
Although children are generally resilient, it goes without saying that they have been affected by the changes in their day-to-day lifestyle. From school closures to being unable to visit Grandma and Grandpa, our kids have been through it this year. From virtual birthday parties to skipping holidays with the whole family, traditions are largely impacted.
That’s why this year, it’s so important to focus on the meaning of the season in order to keep spirits bright. How can we make this holiday season magical and the most wonderful time of year?
Here are some ideas.
- Create New Traditions
Traditions, naturally, are the types of things you’d like to be able to do over and over again at the holidays because it makes them feel … well, like the holidays! But even if you’re not able to host the annual Christmas Eve Celebration at your home the way you’ve done for the last 10 years, there are still ways to make the evening special.
You could opt to drop off cards or care packages at family members homes. You could even have a gift exchange, where everyone opens their gifts on Zoom or FaceTime. Creating new traditions will bring you and the kids together.
Here are some more ideas for activities:
- Christmas Karaoke
- Make Christmas cookies
- Create your own advent calendar
- Build gingerbread houses
- Read Christmas books
- Let the kids sleep under the tree
- Tell Santa the Christmas List … on Zoom!
If you like to bring the kids to get pictures with Santa each year, or they like to go and tell Santa what’s on their Christmas List, fear not! There’s an answer for you. You can schedule time on Zoom for the kids to get to have that chat.
Pictures at the mall with Santa may be on the “don’t” list this year. This is a great, healthy, and socially distanced alternative to get the kids time with St. Nick.
- Movie Marathons
Sure, we’ve all been watching the TV and using our devices a little bit too much this year. But what’s better than a movie marathon, complete with all of the kids’ favorite snacks and holiday treats? With these 40 Christmas movies for kids, something is definitely going to catch their attention.
One of our favorite traditions is to watch all of the Harry Potter movies between Thanksgiving and New Years Eve.
- Up the Holiday Decoration Game
Whether you normally decorate a little or a lot for the holidays, this year is the perfect excuse to load up on Christmas decor. If there was ever a time for holiday decoration overload, this is it. This year, many more people decided to decorate early. In fact, 1 in 4 people are putting up their tree earlier, this year.
Deck the halls, update your porch decor, and feel the magic of Christmas in your home.
Don’t put the pressure on yourself to make the holidays perfect this year. Above all else, mama: you’re doing great.
About Lizzie Stewart
Mom. Wife. Espresso Lover. Braves Fanatic.