Tonight’s the second night of Hannukah, for many, typically a time to celebrate with friends and family. (And for some, a seasonal excuse to fill ourselves with holiday latkes.) But in this year of learning to adapt, we’re all doing our best to make it work—and maybe trying out that latke recipe for ourselves!
In that spirit of optimistic improvisation, we’re back at it with another idea for tapping into the festive spirit while keeping ourselves and one another safe and healthy.
You only get one chance a year to wear that hideous sweater, so show it off to friends and family!
- Pick your platform. You probably already have a favorite video chatting service, like Zoom, Skype, or Facebook Messenger. If you’re new to group video chats, enlist one or two family members for a test run.
- Announce the theme. There’s nothing like a classic ugly sweater party to get everyone from kids to grandparents in the spirit. Don’t have a suitable garment? Just jazz up (or down, as the case may be) a regular old sweater with whatever’s handy: bedazzled jewels, Christmas tinsel, etc. Tree garlands make a festive scarf!
- Plan a short agenda. To keep the conversation rolling, ask everyone to come prepared with one or two prompts, like their favorite holiday movie, a happy holiday memory, or something crazy. Maybe a beloved poem.
- Capture the moment. Don’t forget to take a group photo (er, screenshot) and post online.
We’ll be back next week with your next tip. Till then, have a healthy and happy week!
Other Resources for Staying Healthy
State and local governments are issuing rules for gatherings, and we should abide by them. For official guidance about staying healthy this holiday season, please visit these sites to stay up-to-date:
- State of California Holidays and COVID-19
- Alameda County COVID-19 Main Website
- Los Angeles County COVID-19 Main Website
- San Francisco County COVID-19 Main Website
- Center for Disease Control Holiday Guidelines