Finding New Ways to Celebrate the Holidays

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Holidays often bring to mind traditional gatherings and time to see grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.  With COVID-19 on the rise, these year-end celebrations will no doubt look and feel different, particularly for children. You can still have fun with many of us being familiar with chatting by video, the time is right for some new traditions! Below are a few others from the Child Life Specialists at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

Fun from afar – having fun by video:

  • Cook the same recipes as your loved ones, dress-up and video-chat over dinner.
  • Hold an ugly sweater contest.
  • Play games together online using Kahoot, Scrabble Go or Psych!
  • Decorate your house and give a tour.
  • Have the kids give a concert, singing their favorite songs.

Bring cheer to your community:

  • Put up outdoor lights and decorations.
  • Surprise neighbors by leaving an unexpected treat on their porch.
  • When the snow flies, surprise someone by shoveling their walkway or cleaning their car.
  • Organize a family food drive or donate coats you are no longer using.
  • Go caroling.
  • Decorate a tree for wildlife using popcorn, cranberries and birdseed.

Make the most of family time:

  • Have a week of special meals—each family member has a night to choose their favorites.
  • Create a thankful jar and fill it with the things you are thankful for.
  • Hold weekly game nights.
  • Try new recipes.
  • Go for a full moon hike.
  • Learn a new winter sport.
  • Make cocoa and take a ride to see some holiday lights.
  • Make snow sculptures.