For many families in Onslow County and across the globe, the holidays can be a mix of joy and uncertainty—particularly if you’re a military family with a deployed service member or a family unable to travel home to visit extended family this holiday season.
Although the holidays might feel different this year, there are plenty of things you can do to make the holiday special for you and your family. By creating new traditions you can keep this special time fresh, fun, and meaningful—and help your children stay connected to loved ones near and far.
Host a virtual get-together.
Over the past two years, we’ve all become much more accustomed to spending time on Zoom or video conferences. Try hosting a virtual get-together with family—but instead of food, encourage all your family members to bring a favorite poem, story, toast, or holiday memory to read aloud or share.
Schedule a holiday game night.
Whether virtual or in person, a holiday game night is a festive way to celebrate time together. A few games to try include:
Watch your favorite holiday movie synchronously.
If you’re spending time apart from a parent, watching a holiday movie at the same time can be a great way to connect and bring everyone together.
Teleparty is one of the easiest ways to watch a movie or a TV show with your friends online—it synchronizes video playback and includes a group chat, so you can chat while you watch. This works for Netflix, Disney, Hulu, and HBO.
Send care packages.
If you’re a military family with a service member who can’t be home for the holidays, sending a care package is a wonderful way to brighten their holiday season. Ask your children what they’d like to send—and then work together to prepare a meaningful care package.
If you’re a family who is separated from loved ones this holiday season, spend time putting together heartfelt care packages and reconnect with family and friends, near and far.
Don’t forget: Check the holiday shipping deadlines from USPS so you can ensure your package arrives with plenty of time to spare.
Create photo books or family videos.
To commemorate your family and loved ones this holiday season, create a photo book or a video slideshow. Collect photos and videos in advance of the holidays and then watch it together with other family members over the holidays (either over Zoom or in person).
Give back to your community.
Lastly, give your time and generosity this holiday season by volunteering or donating to a local charity or organization.
Whatever your holiday plans are this year, spending quality time with your loved ones—either virtually or in-person—is one of the best ways to celebrate.
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