8 Creative Ways To Celebrate The Holidays Safely

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Like most plans this year, the holidays in 2020 may look a little different. Many families have decided to celebrate individually, instead of in large group gatherings and holiday parties due to various stay-at-home orders, travel restrictions, and COVID-19 pandemic in general. But, that doesn’t mean the holiday season can’t be the most magical time of year. If you’re still looking to bring that special sparkle for you and your loved ones, we’ve created some fun holiday quarantine ideas you can do while social distancing and enjoying the spirit of the holiday season:

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Decorate Holiday Cookies + Participate in a Doorstep Cookie Exchange

Holiday Cookies

Is there anything better than your home or apartment smelling like fresh baked cookies as the holiday music is playing? Baking cookies is a great activity that you can participate in all season long. So grab your cookie cutters, frosting, sprinkles, and more to create a holiday treat. And if you are willing to share your goodies, surprise your family or friends with this holiday classic at their doorstep.

Virtual Gift Swap

Gift Swap

2020 has been the year of all things virtual, so gift exchanging will be right on trend this holiday season. Virtual gift exchanges will help you carry out old traditions, while also creating new, fun ones. Use a free service like Elfster, to set up a gift exchange or Secret Santa. With this generator, you can enter in names, mailing addresses, email addresses, and more to help ease at-home gift giving. Organize the actual exchange by sending out a Zoom {or any other video conference} invite, make sure everyone opens their gifts live, and even invite attendees to wear ugly holiday sweaters. Whether it’s with family, co-workers, or friends — Santa will be so proud!

Read More: Where to Buy Holiday Decorations in Hoboken + Jersey City

Go All Out on the Decor This Year

holiday decor

As most of us will be spending a lot of time in our homes this season, there is no better time to go all out with the holiday decor. Refresh your decorations, or craft your own this season. A refreshed winter wonderland will be sure to put you in the Christmas spirit.

Drive Through Hot Chocolate Bar

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If you’re looking to spread some holiday cheer right in your own neighborhood, a drive-through hot cocoa bar might be the activity for you. Children will love making hot chocolate, adding extra marshmallows, and even setting out cookies for a socially-distanced cookie exchange. And the adults can even have a separate hot cocoa stash with some Bailey’s to make a festive cocktail. Tip: package the drinks + snacks individually to be socially distant. Yum!

Host a Holiday Recipe Zoom

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It might be different with family members being spread out this year, but the tradition of passing on recipes does not have to come to a halt. A lot of relatives cherish the time they spend in the kitchen during the holidays — and thanks to Zoom and other video conferences, there is still a way to get together on Christmas morning to bake, cook, and {of course} taste test throughout the day.

Schedule a Holiday Movie Watch Party

netflix party

Nothing says the holidays like your favorite festive movie. Whether you prefer ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, ‘Elf’, or ‘Home Alone’ {1, 2, or 3!} — with Amazon Watch Party, Netflix Party, and other apps you can watch movies with friends and family online, with instructions on how to stream together. Grab your popcorn and your crew, and snuggle up for the rest of the month {or winter season}.

See More: Tips for Stylish Holiday Decorating in Hoboken

Make a 2020 Ornament or Wreath

wreath decorating

Since this holiday season will be unique, it’s only right to make an ornament to remember it by. Host a virtual ornament or wreath-making party, or keep it within the household. Create a salt dough ornament, or run to your local craft store and grab supplies for a wreath — there are a variety of ways to have fun with this tradition.

Make a Holiday Playlist

Dance like nobody’s watching. With a festive soundtrack, you can listen all month {if you haven’t been already}. Press “add” to all the classics on your Spotify or Pandora, and blast it while participating in the above. You can even use it as background music while working from home.

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Taylor is an {overly} proud Jersey girl, who has been lucky enough to call Hoboken home for the last three years, and Jersey City for two prior. Originally from a small town in Hunterdon County, Taylor received her degree in multimedia journalism from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. She also spent some time in Miami, but always knew she’d find her way to Hoboken. Taylor has a career in sports, digital, and social media strategy in the NYC area. A lover of all things local, she has a long list of favorite restaurants and coffee shops where she spends a good chunk of her time. You can also catch her running on the waterfront, walking her new pup, watching reruns of Real Housewives, or making a trip to HomeGoods