Home for the Holidays

We’ve all seen the headlines. Covid continues to spread at an unprecedented rate, and lockdowns abound. In the spirit of the season, the PreCardix team got together (virtually) and came up with some great ways to celebrate a more low-key holiday season this year.

1. Let it go. The entire world is in the same boat; the holidays will look different this year. Take this time to begin a few new traditions.

2. Schedule alone together. Book a zoom call, plan a phone call, book a drive-by, have a game night. Find out how your loved ones would like to engage and put it in the calendar. The main point is to plan it and keep your holiday Zoom-card full.
3. Pot-luck it is! Though you may not share your favourite meals in person, you can prepare food in advance and drop off a portion to your friends and family. If the sun is shining, have a winter picnic outdoors!
4. Make it count. Whether you celebrate alone or with a few immediate family members, make the same effort you would for a house full of guests. Do the cleaning, light the candles, prepare a meal, play the music.
5. Plan, anything. Though in-person may be out of the question, there are many virtual opportunities. Check-in with your local community centre to see what they offer, or start a book, wine, or music club. Book a future holiday, visit, or event.
6. Write letters. The art of letter writing may seem like ancient history these days, but a good letter can go a long way. Make a list and write a letter to a family member or friend each day over the holiday season.
7. Get outside. Walking is a great way to relieve stress, boredom, and isolation. Smiling and saying hello to fellow walkers is a wonderful way to connect. It’s also a great way to catch up with a friend in person or over the phone. Search ‘winter walking trails near me’ for new ideas.
8. Read or listen to a good book. You can download books at no cost from your local library, do a contactless book exchange, or order books from Amazon. You can even join a virtual book club!
9. Help someone in need. Reach out to your neighbours and find out who needs a meal dropped off, a package delivered, or an errand run. Spark Ontario has an excellent local database for volunteer opportunities.
10. Practice gratitude. No matter how challenging a situation is, there is always something to be grateful for, whether it’s your pet, a warm meal, a cozy fire, or a walk under the stars. Set your focus there.