4 Ways to Have a Safe Holiday Gathering with Family and Friends

COVID-19 has changed the way we live. Leaving our homes with a mask on is now the norm and getting too close to someone in public will get you some pretty alarming stares.

This new way of life has most of us wondering when things will go back to how they used to be. As the holiday season approaches, our concerns to keep our families safe during these uncertain times grow stronger and stronger.

Here are ways we can all gather together to celebrate, while taking necessary precautions.

1. Designate one person to distribute food.

Holidays call for pounds of delicious foods and delicacies. To ensure that each of your guests receive their food safely, be sure to only designate one person to distribute food.

When you eliminate your guests from serving themselves using community food utensils, it will prevent multiple people touching one utensil and spreading germs.

2. Keep as many windows as you can open.

If and when large groups of people congregate, it is important to keep the air circulation strong. Keep as many windows and doors open as possible to negate the spread of germs.

Indoor ventilation systems can also help prevent or permit the spread of COVID-19. These ventilation systems work most effectively with high-efficiency filters that are able to control the virus.

3. Wash your hands as much as possible.

The CDC recommends washing your hands as frequently as possible. To put everyone in the holiday spirit, try singing your favorite holiday carol for at least 20 seconds while washing your hands.

This is a good and simple way to protect yourself and to prevent the spread of germs after touching, door handles, presents, banisters, and family members.

4. Plan outside activities instead of indoor ones.

Although it can be chilly during the holiday season, outside activities don’t have to be completely off limits. Here are some ideas for you to consider:

  • S’mores Making Station: light up a bonfire and have family members stand 6- feet apart as they make a sweet treat and enjoy the cozy warmth the fire brings.
  • Santa Appearance: have a family member dress up as Santa outside, instead of the children sitting on his lap to relay Christmas wishes. Have them write a letter and slip it in Santa’s sack.
  • Decorate Gingerbread Houses: transfer all sprinkles, gumdrops, icing, and gingerbread pieces to a table outside. Everyone can create beautiful masterpieces near the bonfire, while enjoying holiday carols.
  • Wreath Making: Set up individual stations outdoors where you can get your hands dirty. Make sure to include wreath rings, wire, pine cones, ribbon and glue.

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As long as we all make each other’s safety a priority, we can have a magical holiday in the company of our loved ones.

If we make sure to be extra clean, engage in most activities outside, and keep fresh air circulating, we can be set to have the safe and loving holiday season that we are used to. Nothing says “I love you” more than caring about the safety of the people you care about.

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