As the world continues to social distance, the holidays look a little different. Families are being asked to plan their gathering differently, if at all, and holidays don’t feel the same. As a result, you might need to get a little more creative. Everyone’s holiday is going to look totally different this year, but that doesn’t mean it has to be any less joyful. Here are five ways to get involved and spread holiday cheer, while practicing social distancing.
Physically showing up at a location and volunteering could compromise the safety of you and others, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible for you to show your philanthropic side! Now, there are many organizations that facilitate online volunteering, regardless how far a person is from a project. From transcribing, to digital project management, even developing the art for World AIDS Day posters, there’s a volunteer opportunity for any skill set. Check out Do Something or Volunteer Match for more opportunities to get started.
Instead of going into grandma’s house for Christmas, how about a family parade past grandma’s house? Decorate the vehicles with tinsel or Christmas lights, and get the whole family involved! If you really want to step up your game, consider making it a contest amongst other relatives and see who can deck their car out in the most Christmas-y manner?
Love Thy Neighbor (From a Distance)
With all the festivities this year, it’s easy to forget that not everyone will be experiencing holiday cheer with their loved ones. Check in on a neighbor you know is living alone, or an elderly relative who usually doesn’t get any visitors. A little goes a long way, be it a phone call, and Facetime chat, or a pre-recorded video message. If you could spring for it, a nice grocery delivery to a senior would be met with gratitude.
More than any other year, this winter could use your creativity and heart. Make time to practice spreading kindness, not COVID-19, this holiday season. Showing kindness to the people around you can still include donating time or resources to those in need. Think about how you can help a person or a family have a great holiday this year. We may not be able to be in the same space, but there are still so many ways to show people they are loved and valuable. Remember, it costs nothing to spread holiday cheer this season. Treat yourself kindly and then share that energy with those around you.
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