Holidays and other important events are different during covid.
How do we make them special?
If you are wondering about how to make holidays fun and meaningful, you are not alone!
Usually, a big part of Halloween, Thanksgiving, winter holidays, and other celebrations is gathering with family or friends. Living alone or far from important people in your life may feel extra challenging this holiday season. And losing a loved one or welcoming a new baby can feel especially isolating during covid.
It’s time to create new traditions.
Hopefully, some of them will be so great that we’ll keep them long after the pandemic is over.
We will update the page as more holidays approach, so check back for new ideas!
Connecting Across Distance
Well before covid, people have been thinking about how to connect across distance. Out of necessity, immigrants who can’t visit family in their country of origin, people who can’t travel for health or financial reasons, military families, and people who are incarcerated have come up with creative ideas for connection.
Since the pandemic began, almost everyone has celebrated a birthday, mourned a loved one, or observed a holiday remotely.
Several important Jewish holidays happen in the early autumn, so we realized that synagogues might have a jumpstart on some tips. Temple Israel in Greenfield came up with innovative ways to connect with their congregation that can apply to almost everything looking to create new traditions. Some of their ideas are incorporated. We would love to hear your ideas as well. Contact Ilana.
Holidays and Events
THANKSGIVING – Coming soon!
WINTER HOLIDAYS – Coming soon!
Memorials – Coming soon!
OTHER FAMILY EVENTS – birthdays, baby showers, etc. Coming soon!
Wondering about traveling?
Here are some tips from Dear Pandemic for how to consider your situation and risk tolerance, as well as some specific info for reducing risk. It focuses on Thanksgiving but applies to multiple situations.