From gift giving to holiday food: Alternative ways to celebrate the holiday season

Person wearing a coat and gloves holding a snowball

Despite this being our second holiday season with COVID-19, the virus is still a very real threat across our community, meaning we need to continue choosing safe ways to celebrate and abiding by safety precautions.

To help, we’ve put together a list of ways to celebrate the season, while maintaining a safe environment for you and your loved ones.

Gift giving and shopping

  • Exchange gifts outdoors or in a well-ventilated area, weather permitting
  • Send your gifts through the mail
  • Order your gifts online—each time a package arrives it’s like receiving a present!
  • Arrange for curbside pick-up—and consider supporting local businesses as you shop this year

The best way to protect yourself (and others) from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated and to receive your COVID-19 vaccine booster.


  • Take a nature walk
  • Go sledding
  • Have a snowball fight
  • Write letters to Santa Claus
  • Have a virtual visit with Santa Claus
  • Go ice skating (be sure to avoid crowded days and times)
  • Go skiing (be sure to avoid crowded days and times)
  • Attend a socially distanced bonfire
  • Send a care package
  • Send holiday cards
  • Donate to a food bank
  • Volunteer to go grocery shopping for people who may need help
  • Try virtual volunteering (Visit your local United Way websites to learn more about opportunities near you)
  • Decorate your house with members of your own household
  • Create a holiday craft (or masterpiece, depending on your artistic talent!)

Holiday food

  • Take the stress out of cooking and order a meal to go from a local business
  • Grocery shop online and opt for contact-free pick up or delivery
  • Exchange recipes via email with friends and family

Always wear a face mask when with people from outside your household. Make activities safer by choosing small groups, less crowded days and times, and places that allow you to social distance, preferably outside.


  • Host or attend an outdoor and socially distanced gathering
  • Create a scrapbook to share memories of 2021 with your friends and family
  • Write down your 2022 resolutions and share with others through social media