Celebrating Holidays and Family Traditions During COVID-19

March 1, 2021

Family traditions and rituals provide a touchstone for comfort and security, because, for a lot of families, they are predictable and always the same.  The inability to practice time-honored traditions with loved ones may increase the already high levels of anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Almost all cultures celebrate special holidays with some form of ritual whether it’s a prayer, gift-giving, or games. And almost all of them include the sharing of food.

Here are some ideas to connect with family and friends and celebrate together:

  • Check out virtual services being offered by many religious institutions such as temples, churches and mosques, including via Facebook Live.
  • Order specialty foods online, or check with local grocery stores for delivery services.
  • Cook traditional foods for family members you share a household with.
  • Email favorite recipes and have each household cook a new dish at the same time via Zoom, Houseparty, FaceTime, etc. Eat together and enjoy a virtual meal.
  • Check out what your local organizations are doing to take holiday events virtual.
  • Research and try out new recipes or try out old family recipes you would have otherwise never had an opportunity to prepare before.
  • Donate to organizations that are supporting those in need during this time.

Religious and family traditions bind us together and help us stay connected to loved ones.  Focus on the positive during the upcoming holidays, and make the best of what is available and possible.

The holidays during COVID-19 can still be a memorable time to honor and be thankful for the values of health, family, and the longer, brighter days of the new year.

More guidance for holiday travel and gatherings is available here.