4 Ways to Better Connect with Family During Holidays

With the holiday season around the corner, it’s high time to start thinking about how you plan to celebrate. While some people will likely celebrate with small groups of family, others might not feel comfortable being around groups because of COVID-19. No matter which group you fall into, you can stay connected with your family during the holidays in multiple ways. Here are four ways to better connect with your family during the holidays.

1. Play Games Online

If you don’t plan on celebrating in-person with family during the holidays, playing online games is a great way to stay connected during the holidays. There are countless options from which to choose, including the following:

  • Words with Friends 2
  • Minecraft
  • Uno
  • Fortnite
  • Mario Kart Tour
  • Monopoly
  • Fairway Solitary
  • Cards Against Humanity

Choose a game you think your family might like to play, or have multiple games going at once based on everyone’s preferences. Granted, the younger kids in the family will probably be more interested in online video games than online computer games.

2. Share Photos & Host a Video Chat

Since you can’t necessarily be together as a family, sending heartwarming holiday photo cards and/or handwritten letters could be an alternative to showing your family how much you care about them. Get some pictures taken or take them yourself and start searching for holiday cards that your relatives will eat right up. Getting creative with video hangouts is another option since you might not be able to be together for the holidays. To that end, have your family members download Zoom, Skype, or Facebook Messenger, so you can all connect during the holidays with ease.

3. Plan a Future Family Trip

This year, while you might not be able to take your annual holiday vacation, you can always plan one for the future when things start to return to normal and travel is no longer heavily restricted. If you plan to fly to your destination, now is a great time to buy airline tickets. In fact, prices are at their lowest since 2001 (after the 9/11 attacks).

But, once demand returns, those prices will no doubt skyrocket. To that end, sit down with your family and start thinking about places where you’d like to travel. Once you’ve narrowed down some options or come to a consensus, you can start planning the vacation for some time in 2021.

4. Send Them Food

Sending food to your loved ones over the holidays can make the already-joyous season that much more special. Whatever you make best during the holidays, that’s the dish you should send to your family members. If you’re not much of a cook, you could always send a gift basket full of your family’s favorite treats (like chocolate, popcorn or peanut brittle) or a decadent bottle of wine. Whatever you choose, make sure it travels well.

Celebrating the Holidays Together

Celebrating the holidays in 2020 won’t be anywhere near the same as years prior, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to share special moments and quality time with family. From playing games online and sending your favorite dishes to fellow family members to planning a future family trip together and sharing photos, there are dozens of ways you can stay connected to loved ones, no matter how far away you find yourselves this holiday season.


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