Like everything in our lives these days, the holidays will be different this year. With nearly every aspect of life transformed by COVID-19 and physical distancing, we asked friends and colleagues how they plan to reinvent their year-end festivities.
Here are a few ideas we think will lift spirits, bring smiles and make this a year to remember for all the right reasons.
- Experience the lights of the season. Take a walk and see the lights in your area, visit Nathan Phillips Square at City Hall to view the 60’ Christmas tree, or take a virtual tour of the Northern Lights.
- Bake cookies and exchange some delicious treats along with those family favourite recipes.
- Bring a bottle of champagne to a neighbour’s doorstep. Ring the bell, pop open the cork, and share a glass of bubbly (at a safe distance from one-another) to toast in the New Year.
- Do something special each day of the week. Light candles on Monday night. Write a note to a friend on a Tuesday. On Wednesday, take a bubble bath and play your favourite holiday tunes. On Thursday, have an indoor picnic or karaoke night…the list goes on!
- Mail or post photos of your favourite holiday memories, and remind folks close to you that we will be together again.
- Any sewers in your inner circle? Ask each of them to stitch a 12” x 12” piece of quilt. Gather each piece together and donate the finished quilt to someone in need.
In lieu of the usual holiday gifts, make a donation to honour someone special in your life. Rather than another pair of socks, sweater or a new tie they do not need, give your loved one something more meaningful by making a donation in their honour.
When you donate to Kensington Health you’ll brighten someone’s day with a gift that helps frontline teams and those in our community who are most vulnerable.
To put Kensington Health on your wish list or to honour someone special, please visit kensingtonhealth.org/in-it-together and make a donation.
There are so many ways to keep the spirit of the season. Be creative, have fun and inspire someone in a new and meaningful way. Happy Holidays!