Covid friendly holiday fun


Emily Gossam

A jolly sight to see in Danvers, Massachusetts.

EMILY GOSSOM, Staff Writer

Christmas break is only a few days away, but this year it’s going to look different. While in the midst of a global pandemic, a majority of the holiday festivities have been deemed unsafe. The Santa Parade, Christmas concerts, the tree lighting, and other holiday related celebrations are cancelled. In Massachusetts the limit on indoor parties is 25 people, meaning hosts will have to significantly lessen their guest list. 

It’s okay to be disappointed by the turn of events for this holiday season. Many traditions were cancelled, leaving people to feel like they’re missing out on the full experience.  

The holidays give an opportunity for many families to spend time together, and for friends to hang out. The long break allows for people to travel and see loved ones that may live farther away. Sadly, there are many travel bans preventing international flights. 

Even with COVID-19 there are still great ways to celebrate without putting yourself or others at risk. Below is a list of fun and safe holiday activities for the holiday break.

If you have a family member, friend, or know someone who can drive, go on a Christmas light adventure! First, map out a route of the best lit houses. You can go as close or as far as you want, and be sure to bring snacks and hot chocolate! If recommendations are needed, feel free to ask around or do a quick google search.

Another fun holiday related festivity is baking. Cookies, chocolate bark, anything peppermint, or even an old family recipe. Throw on some songs and have a karaoke party while the food is baking. 

Sit down and watch Christmas movies with your favorite people, or yourself. Whether it’s a classic or brand new there’s plenty of holiday movies to choose from. Hallmark, Lifetime, Netflix, and Disney, are all great places to find a movie.

Lastly, do something for yourself! It’s crucial to remember to take care of yourself during the holiday season. It’s easy to get wrapped up in doing so much for other people. Take time from the day to relax, have a snack, and do what makes you happy. 

This holiday season may be different but that doesn’t mean it can’t be as fun. Enjoy spending time with loved ones and have a wonderful break!