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Have Yourself a Merry Little Zoom Call … and Other Socially-Distanced Activities to Enjoy Over the Holidays

Despite frost in the air and streets lined with lights, rising COVID-19 cases have made it very difficult for families to gather together as they normally do this time of year. Usually, in my family, our Thanksgiving dinner includes over 75 people. This year, we decided to find a new way to uphold our traditions and make the best out of our situation.

Photo by Mark Skrobola

Despite frost in the air and streets lined with lights, rising COVID-19 cases have made it very difficult for families to gather together as they normally do this time of year.  Usually, in my family, our Thanksgiving dinner includes over 75 people. This year, we decided to find a new way to uphold our traditions and make the best out of our situation. My family held a Zoom call to express our thanks. As we all went “around,” each neon green highlighted box expressed gratefulness for the little things that we often take for granted, such as health, family, and the ability to see everyone together during these difficult times. 

As the December holidays arrive, our virtual world expertise will make it easier for us to come together and celebrate. So, here are some activity suggestions for you and your family to keep the season digitally jolly! 

  1. A family Zoom game night. Try Family Feud or a Kahoot with questions about your family for some trivia fun!
  2. Watch a holiday movie or your favorite show. There are so many ways to watch with your extended family, such as Disney+, GroupWatch, Netflix Party, or Hulu’s Watch Party.
  3. A phone call to your relatives (you can’t go wrong with this classic gesture!). This is the easiest way to check up on your extended family and tell them how much you love them. 
  4. A Zoom Christmas cookie baking party. (Santa decorated cookies would obviously have masks!)