What to Think About Before Visiting Family for the Holidays in 2020

What to Think About Before Visiting Family for the Holidays in 2020

The holiday season is pretty much upon us. Back in March, when Cornonavirus came onto the scene, I, like most of you assumed that by Thanksgiving life would be back to normal.

As we have hit the middle of October, we know this isn’t the case 🙁

So when it comes to what to do during the holidays, what should we actually do? Should we travel? Go see mom and dad? Or just stay at home?

The answer to all of these questions is, it depends.

Going home for the holidays

When trying to decide if you should go home to see your family during the holidays, think about where you would be traveling to and how you would get there. Will you have to fly? Do you feel comfortable doing so?

Where will you stay when you get there, and do you and your family feel safe doing so? What about your family members? Do you have anyone in your family that is immunocompromised? That can be a big factor as well.

If you decide you just don’t feel comfortable traveling this year, even though you normally go home to see family, don’t feel guilty about staying home. We are still in COVID-19 land and everyone’s comfort level is different. Never feel guilty for doing what you need to do to keep your family safe.

Having a staycation for the holidays

If you are staying home, but feel like you want to get out and do something locally, that can be another option. Check and see what is going on in your local area. Some events might now be virtual or drive through. There can still be quite a few things going on that you can do while still staying socially distant from the public.

You might want to spend a night going out and looking at Christmas lights, or catch a double-showing of some holiday movies at a local drive-in. If you have any good weather days, make plans to take a family hike, or have a picnic at the park if you live in a milder climate.

If you do stay home, you will have to plan to ship any holiday gifts to your family members. Gift cards are the easiest option, but also check into using Priority boxes from USPS. You can also directly ship presents to friends and family, paying a few extra dollars for the company to wrap the gift for you.

Holidays at home

Our family doesn’t usually go anywhere for the holidays. We enjoy staying home and making our own traditions with our little family. If this is the first year you will be doing so, I am going to tell you that you are in for a treat.

You can have a lazy Christmas morning, or relax with all the traditions you normally pack into a short amount of time. You won’t have to worry about going to multiple houses, and you can cook all the foods YOUR family loves to eat.

While there might be a bit of sadness of not spending the holidays together like you normally do, but you can still have a very special year. And don’t forget about video chatting with family during the holiday. Video chats aren’t quite the same as being together in person but they can help families stay in touch over the distance.

This year is not a normal one and you might have to make some changes from what you normally do. That’s okay. Find what works for your family, what you feel comfortable with, and look forward to making new memories this year, even during all the 2020 craziness.

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