• Allison Pamer

Fun Holiday Activities While Quarantined

A lot of people are feeling down right now due to everything that 2020 has brought us, especially with COVID-19. Under normal circumstances, it would be one of the most joyous times of the year, but many are not feeling the holiday spirit when some of their favorite activities are cancelled due to the lockdown. Luckily, there are plenty of festive activities that you can do while staying safe.


1. Decorate a Gingerbread House


Whether you’re baking one from scratch or purchasing a kit from your local grocery store, decorating a gingerbread house is a fun and classic holiday activity. If you choose to make a homemade one, it may be more difficult, but there’s much more creative freedom. On the other hand, a store-bought gingerbread house tends to be easier to decorate since you don’t have to bake it. However, you may find that your candy is stale. Nevertheless, it’s the process and the people involved that makes the activity fun!


2. Mail or Deliver Cards


Sending cards to people you know is a timeless holiday tradition. You can either buy premade cards or make your own with construction paper and markers. If you want, you can even add mini candy canes as a small treat!


3. Bake Goods


Cookies, cakes, cupcakes, fudge, cakepops, pies, taffy, rice krispie treats, the possibilities are endless! If you’re not into baking, though, you can always buy cookie dough or premade cinnamon rolls from the store and heat them up.


4. Watch Movies


There are plenty of old and new holiday movies that are available on streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Youtube TV. A few spectacular classics are The Grinch, Home Alone, Frosty the Snowman, Elf , Miracle on 34th Street , and A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965). If you’re looking for new holiday movies, some that have recently debuted are Klaus, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, Holidate, Happiest Season, The Christmas Chronicles, and Let it Snow.


5. Spruce Up Your Home


You can decorate the interior or exterior of your house with lights, plants, stockings, ornaments, candles, stuffed animals, wreaths, bows, and other various items. You can also buy decorations on places like Amazon or Hobby Lobby, or even make your own.


6. Drive Around to Enjoy Lights


We all know the one house in our neighborhood that goes full out when it comes to decorations. Drive around at night to look at all the beautiful lights with your friends and family!


7. Host a Secret Santa Gift Exchange


Get together a group and have all of the participants' names placed into a hat or box of some sort. Then, have everyone randomly select one name from the container and whoever's name you get, you buy them a gift! If you can’t get together in real life, there’s always random generator apps and websites that are great for choosing names. Additionally, you can have the gift directly shipped to your Secret Santa’s house to limit contact.


8. Conduct A Neighborhood Food Drive


A great way to give back to your community is to start your own neighborhood food drive, and it is a lot easier than it sounds. What you can do is drop off flyers to your neighbors’ houses saying what time and day you will be picking up the food and what charity (Contra Costa Food Bank, Monument Impact, etc.) the food will be going to. Then, simply pick up the food from your neighbors and drop them off at the charity.


9. Zoom Holiday Party


An awesome way to keep in contact with your friends when you can't see them in real life is to have a party over zoom! You can have a baking competition, play pictionary, mafia, who’s most likely, to or other online games such as Among Us.


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