• Vikrant Sabharwal

A COVID-Safe Holiday

Updated: Jun 25


 

By Vikrant Sabharwal

 

The exciting holiday season is officially here. Below are different activities you can do with your family to have a fun and enjoyable holiday amid limitations and restrictions from COVID-19.


Fun Activities


1. Decorate your Christmas tree with relatives over Zoom.


2. Using Zoom, have a competition with relatives or friends, for who can build the largest gingerbread house.


3. Draw holiday cards to deliver to lonely seniors in local long-term care facilities or retirement homes.


4. Mail matching pajamas to family members that you miss. Feel free to take a family photo on Zoom with them.


5. Watch a Christmas movie, using Netflix Party, with relatives. Netflix Party, a Chrome extension, lets you watch TV/movies with others and chat together at the same time.


6. Go for a physically distanced walk to look at department store holiday window displays.


7. Bake Christmas cookies and deliver them to friends or neighbors.


8. Recycle all those cardboard shipping boxes that are accumulating and create a Christmas tree craft with masking tape and washable paint.


Fun Outdoor Activities


1. Sledding


2. Ice-skating


3. Skiing


4. Winter hiking or snowshoeing


5. Creating an ornament from nature: Use natural materials to create an ornament for your

Christmas Tree or to keep it in your home as a decoration.

6. Make ice lanterns: Ice lanterns are made by using molds to freeze ice into candle

holders.


Games that work well over FaceTime or Zoom:


1. Pictionary: A game where someone tries to communicate a word only through drawing pictures, without saying anything, and players try to guess that word correctly.

2. Charades: Somewhat similar to Pictionary, someone tries to communicate a word or phrase only through acting it out, without speaking, and players try to guess that word correctly.


3. Monopoly (Online): A real-estate board game where players try to remain financially solvent by forcing opponents into bankruptcy by buying pieces of property. The last payer to remain solvent is the winner.


5. Digital Uno (Uno App): Players take turns matching a card in their hand with the current card shown on top of the deck either by color or number. Special action cards deliver game-changing moments as they help you defeat your opponents.


6. Mafia (Online: digitalmafia.com): The objective of the game is for the mafia to “kill off” civilians until they are the majority, or for the civilians to kill off the entire mafia. Everyone keeps his or her eyes closed until the narrator "awakens" each role, beginning with the mafia, then the doctor, the detective, then the civilians.


7. Taboo (Online): Taboo is a verbal game played with two teams of three players or more, a deck of 502 guess cards with a set of taboo words, and a battery-operated buzzer. Players race against the timer as they try to give creative and carefully-worded clues to get team players to guess words fast. But don’t mention unmentionables, or it’s time for the squeaker, which means losing the point.


8. Among Us: A game of survival, where you either have to vote off all of the imposters (enemies out to kill you) and complete all the tasks. The imposter has to kill all of the crewmates or stop them from completing the designated tasks to win. If you are designated a crewmate your task is to find the imposter.


9. 20 questions: 20 Questions is a classic guessing game that people have been enjoying for decades. The basic premise is that one person chooses something (really anything) and gives the category it belongs to (such as person, place, or thing). Then, the other player is allowed to ask up to 20 yes/no questions to try to determine what it is.



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