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The holidays are just around the corner! While Christmas is a time that can bring tremendous joy and connection with loved ones, this year will look a little different as we navigate how to celebrate safely with the COVID-19 pandemic. It can be challenging to let go of our usual traditions, but there are still many ways to celebrate and perhaps begin new traditions! Here are some ideas of how to celebrate this year.

Have an online movie-watch party

Most of us have holiday movies we love to watch every year. Try setting up a virtual watch party of your favourite movie with your loved ones! Everyone can view the movie at the same time in their own home and chat through the phone or text. Zoom can be used to set up a watch party, or alternatively most TV streaming subscription providers such as Netflix, Prime Video, and Disney Plus have this option as well. Don’t forget the popcorn!

Decorate your room

One thing that COVID-19 can’t stop is your creativity! Christmas is a great time to bring out those holiday decorations. Try singing your favourite carols as you decorate your space!

Christmas cards

Mailing Christmas cards is a great way to show your family you are thinking of them, and to have a chance to write a personalized message to your loved ones. One way to make this task easier is to use a spreadsheet to generate mailing labels and save you the time of handwriting them yourself!

For details on how to create mailing labels, follow the step-by-step instructions here:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/print-labels-for-your-mailing-list-276a2cd1-74d2-43d0-ab5a-b90460358ad5

The holidays will undoubtedly look different this year as we adjust to social restrictions from COVID-19. Let’s use this opportunity to find new, creative ways to connect and celebrate!

The Hamlets at Vernon is an assisted-living and long-term care community in Vernon, BC, Canada. Designed to take the worry out of senior retirement home living and following the tenets of Christianity, The Hamlets at Vernon offers compassionate care in a beautiful environment.

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