Happy Holidays (from a social distance)

There’s no secret that this year holidays will look different for all of us at Parkside Westphalia and beyond. While cars usually line the street with visitors during Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, and more, we are expecting the family visits will be much more sparse this year due to the CDC’s guidelines on how to handle this holiday season. So what are some things we can do to keep our normalcy, have a little fun, and try to stay sane? We’ve come up with some ideas below.

  1. Send out holiday cards to friends and loved ones. Many people will be home alone this year, so getting a greeting in the mail will be a pleasant cheer!
  2. Make phone and video calls to family and friends. Don’t leave zoom and facetime behind! Elderly family and friends are happy to have the opportunity to virtual visit with you and your children if they won’t be able to see them in person this year. Schedule a time to call in advance, or just pop up on them with a quick greeting of a smile and cheer!
  3. Decorate your door and lawn. We love seeing the creative ways the holiday is celebrated with our neighbors. This year having the view of your porch and lawn decorations will be especially special!
  4. Decorate a gingerbread house. Gingerbread houses are already being sold in our local grocery stores and Target, so pick one up next time you’re in the store or have one delivered. It’s a fun thing to do for the whole family!
  5. Movie nights filled with holiday themes! There are many Hallmark, Netflix, and local channel specials that come on during the holiday time. From Charlie Brown’s Christmas to the Grinch, plug into the tube with your family and hang out.
  6. Decorate the tree! This is always a fun thing to do, and a great tradition to have with your family. Turn on your holiday playlist, bake some cookies, and have a ball reminiscing over the old and new ornaments that you share.
  7. Take a walk and wave to your neighbors, wishing them a happy holiday!