A 2020 Holiday Guide

Posted 12/23/2020 | By HealthCorps

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, the Winter Solstice, or use the down time to rest up for a new year, this season may certainly look and feel different than years past. That doesn’t mean you need to let it just pass by! Looking for ways to make your 2020 holiday season feel a little more jolly? We’ve put together our top tips & made our Holiday Activity Guide available to download! 

1. Tap into what you need right now. It has been a YEAR, folks. Ask yourself what you want to prioritize this holiday season. Whether you are craving some quiet time and reflection, connection and laughter, or looking to give back to your community, embrace what you have the energy and resources to do safely and align your priorities with your plans 

2. Feel good about the safety of your plan. When making plans, consider your community and household risk for COVID-10 and be sure to check your local safety guidelines and regulations. Communicate any concerns you have with others inviting you to activities that you don’t feel comfortable with and consider suggesting alternatives that are lower risk. Continue to take careful precautions: 

  • Wash your hands and commonly touched surfaces frequently 
  • Practice physical distancing (6ft+ apart) 
  • Avoid gatherings of people from multiple households 
  • Choose outdoor settings whenever feasible 
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a mask when you are among those not in your household 
  • & Stay home if you are feeling unwell or have concerning symptoms like coughing or loss of smell.  

The more precautions you take, the lower your risk will be to get or spread COVID-19. That’s not a present anyone wants to receive this year! Seek out additional information if you are unsure about your situation. 

3. Acknowledge any feelings of disappointment or sadness, then shift your focus and commitment to making the most of the circumstances. 

It’s understandable to feel disappointed about what won’t be this year. Different traditions, missed family members, and heightened fears may be realities for you. Acknowledging what you are feeling can ultimately help you create space to direct your attitude and attention. Even saying aloud an affirmation such as “I acknowledge the disappoint I feel because I am not celebrating with my family in-person this year, but I choose to make space for new experiences and memories“ can be helpful. Set intentions for what you want to get out of the holiday time, and commit your energy to focusing on how to make it happen. You are more likely to find what you seek- if you’re looking for reasons to be a Grinch, you can find that. If you’re looking for reasons to bring cheer, you can find that too! 

4. Find new or adapted ways to connect. Have fun and get creative! Do the same traditions with a twist or plan unique experiences and activities. 

  • Check out our Holiday Activity Guide, which is available for free in English  & Spanish!

Holiday Activity Guide English     Holiday Activity Guide Spanish

This guide is full of physical distance-friendly activity ideas, challenges, and templates to help you spend the season being present with yourself and others! Tag us @HealthCorps to share how you are creatively spending your holiday! 

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