By Karen Rae, Founder of Balanced Life by Karen Rae® and Creator of The Signature Balanced Life Planner®
The COVID-19 pandemic has canceled many things, but that doesn't mean holidays have to be canceled as well. Here are some ways to celebrate with your friends and family in 2020 while maintaining a healthy life balance and enjoying the season.
Keep Your Faith Alive
Watch a film that celebrates the life of Jesus; after all Christmas is a time when we celebrate his birth. Several good movies focus on the birth, life, and death of Christ. We recommend Jesus, Jesus of Nazareth, the film or for a more mature audience, The Passion of the Christ. You can also try Ben Hur, a movie that describes Jesus’ birth and death and the story of a man who was transformed by Christ’s love and forgiveness.
By watching movies that focus on different aspects of Jesus' life, the Christmas celebration is put into proper perspective. This can be an excellent time to talk to your children about why Christ came in the form of a child.
Keep Family Close
Make sure friends and family members who live alone are not forgotten. Do more than just send a holiday card. Maybe send a hand-written letter, a gift, or an invitation to video chat.
You can also enjoy holiday lights while social distancing. Go downtown to see the holiday lights with your family or stay in your own neighborhood.
Plan to watch the online performance of A Christmas Carol or The Nutcracker in December from the comfort of your home. You can even have a caroling party at home or walk around your neighborhood singing with your family.
Keep Your Finances in Check
This holiday season is as good a time to practice saving money as ever. Choose gifts conducive to being enjoyed at home, while social distancing measures continue. Think about giving affordable homeware, loungewear or even online courses.
Keep Fitness on the Agenda
Being active should also be part of your holiday tradition. Have fun walking and talking with friends and family after a holiday meal. Give gifts that will encourage others to practice healthy habits like workout DVDs, workout clothes or reusable water bottles.
Plan a Virtual Holiday Party for Friends
1) Make a guest list. This is important for your conference or video call technology decision. Your guest count also determines the kinds of games you can play.
2) Select your party theme and games.
3) Choose your conference call or video chat service.
4) Test the service in advance.
5) Send virtual invitations (via social media or email) and collect RSVPs. Be sure to include the event length, the link to the video chat, and a brief description and outline of your theme and activities.
6) Get your party outfit or costume ready and encourage your guests to do the same.
7) Be sure to send reminders on the day of the event. Virtual events can be easily forgotten because they don’t involve travel time.
Karen Rae is a lifestyle expert, personal development coach, and Mompreneur based out of St. Petersburg, FL. She’s been featured in Authority Magazine, The Hollywood Times, ABC Live Action News, and on BLOOM, Tampa Bay’s only daily 1-hour TV show focusing on health & lifestyle.
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