It goes without saying that this holiday season is going to look a lot different this year. With cases of COVID-19 on the rise and Toronto on lockdown, large scale holiday parties are just not an option. The pandemic may not be over anytime soon, but we can still make happy memories with our kiddos this December.
Here are 5 ideas to get you started:
- Virtual Gatherings. Yes, we have probably exhausted the zoom party ideas but here is one you may have not tried. Consider ordering a craft activity or cookie decorating kit for your household and send a few extras to loved ones outside of your house. Schedule a video call and decorate together. You can put on some holiday music and give the event an ugly sweater or silly hat theme.
- Christmas Light Drive. Make some hot chocolate or run to your local drive-thru to pick up some sweet treats for your tour. Strap the kids into the car and head out to explore your city’s neighbourhoods looking for the best light show. Try an activity of counting how many Santa’s you find or how many snowmen. Here is a good list of some neighbourhoods where you can see some extra special displays in the GTA
- Card Making. Mailing cards and letters will be extra special this year for loved ones that we won’t be able to see in the flesh. Grab all the paper and crafting scraps you can find and have the kids go to town, making as many cards as they can. They can hand deliver some to the neighbours porches or put them in the mail for out-of-towners.
- Watch the Santa Claus Parade. That’s right folks, we can still enjoy Toronto’s incredible Santa Claus Parade on TV this weekend. The parade was pre-recorded at Canada’s Wonderland and is airing Saturday, December 5th at 7:00 pm on CTV & CTV2.
- Join A Livestream Event. Attend the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Christmas Eve and Other Stories live online, or watch the National Ballet of Canada’s The Nutcracker from the comfort of your couch. Many theatre and music productions have moved online, try to find one your whole family will enjoy. You can even make it extra special if you all get dressed up and make a home concession with your favourite snacks.
Whatever you decide to do, warm memories will be made if you do them together. Stay healthy this holiday season and remember less is more, so try not to stress.
Theresa Laird (Marketing Manager and mother of 2 little ones)