A Note on Being Away From Family Over the Holidays

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Hey pals.

This week, we found out that the current COVID-19 restrictions are being extended here in BC until January 8th… which means you’ve probably had a rough week. So have I. It is really hard news to swallow! Christmas and other celebrations will look A LOT different in 2020. Whether it’s annual holiday events being cancelled, or not seeing your out-of-town relatives for dinner, I feel you.

I’m with you.

My family lives out of town, and honestly? I don’t know what I’m going to do.

Here are a few ideas to make the season a little brighter:

1. Video Hangouts

Don’t underestimate the power of Facetime. I know, you’re probably going through zoom fatigue and nothing beats hugging your mom. I’m not going to pretend it’s better, but it IS something. Mail your parents their gifts and if they enjoy Facetime, call them while you open them up together.

2. Family Bake Off

Take a few family recipes and dedicate a night where you bake ‘em up separately at home and see which one turns out better! Or hey, do the SAME recipe and compare. Create new traditions in a virtual way.

3.  Give Back

Do an act of service. It’s hard to feel grateful when the world is (seemingly) falling apart, but helping out others during the holidays will ALWAYS bring you joy. Big or small acts of service are so important.

4.  Christmas Movies!

Home Alone movie marathons have a whole new meaning this year (since you'll actually be Home Alone). But, you can still watch together while Facetiming. Again, it doesn’t beat watching in the living room with each other, but it is the next best thing!

5. Reach Out 

This is a truly difficult year. Mental health is an uphill battle during these chaotic and unpredictable times and should be taken seriously. Check in with everyone in your life, and please, reach out if you’re struggling. You are so important and things will get better.

Are there any adapted family traditions you’re creating for 2020? How are you going to still enjoy Christmas despite the household-only guidelines? Let me know. Christmas 2021 is going to be amazing but for now, Happy Holidays! I am thinking of you.