It’s hard to believe that 2020 is finally coming to a close. And I’m sure many of us can hardly wait to put this year behind us. Never-the-less, the holiday season is here and even though this year will look a lot different than it has in previous years, we can still make the most of it. The pandemic has forced us to let go of large family gatherings, parties and some of the holiday celebrations we took for granted. However, we can still enjoy the holiday season. Here are some of the many ways you can get outdoors or stay inside to enjoy this holiday season:
- Go skating. Find an outdoor skating rink or even better, an ice trail to skate. For example, there’s a 1.2 km loop around 12 acres of cranberry fields in Muskoka. https://cranberry.ca/johnstons-cranberry-marsh/ice-trail/ It’s a fun way to enjoy the outdoors while getting some exercise as well.
- Go skiing. Wonderfully exhilarating and such a great way to take full advantage of winter weather.
- Take a camera and go for a hike or a walk. Nothing gets you more relaxed than spending some time in nature. Taking pictures allows you to freeze the special moments in time.
- Throw a virtual party. It’s a time to be merry, so live a little and invite your closest friends for some laughs and good times. I purchased a murder mystery game which Val and I plan to enjoy with 3 other couples over zoom. Check this out: https://www.amazon.ca/Murder-Mystery-Pasta-Passion-Pistols/dp/B00000J00L/ref=sr_1_9?dchild=1&keywords=murder+mystery+games&qid=1605123055&sr=8-9
- Watch your favorite holiday movies. If you are like us, you are spending your spare time with the same few family members. We are working our way through Romantic Comedies and Christmas movies on TV, Netflix, Crave and Prime. A great way to spend family time all curled up on the couch and there is no shortage of content to watch.
- Connect with friends over zoom. This is a great time to call or zoom with people you haven’t seen or talked to in awhile. If social media is more your thing, then an email, facebook message, LinkedIn connection or tweet may be just the thing to say hello and let them know you are thinking of them.
- Read a book. If you are anything like me you have a pile of unfinished or never started books on your bedside table. Now may be a great time to finish reading that book or to start a new one.
- Make a specialty drink. Prepare some hot apple cider, mulled wine or some decadent hot chocolate as a special treat. We even do the occasional cocktail zoom party where we will share a new cocktail recipe and we all have the same drink while connecting on zoom.
- Create your own spa day. Treat yourself to a facial mask, a bubble bath, a foot massage. Light some candles, put on some relaxing music, dim the lights and create your own “zen” experience.
- Put together a puzzle. When the kids were little I would buy a brand new 500-1000 piece puzzle around the holidays and it would be a gathering spot for a few minutes or several hours as various family members would take their turn working on the puzzle. It was a fun way to keep everyone engaged. Over the past 9 months, we have put together several puzzles.
This year will definitely be different, but it doesn’t mean it can’t be great anyway. With a little planning ahead, you and your family and friends can find ways to celebrate the season in new and creative ways.
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