But just because the pandemic has put a damper on in-person gatherings outside of our households doesn’t mean we need to skip the festive spirit. Watch the video above to see what easy Christmas traditions you can do with your household this year.
As we’ve previously reported, starting a new ritual can spark holiday magic that burns bright for years to come. According to peer-reviewed research on Christmas traditions, it’s not what a person does for the holidays that makes people enjoy them, but how often they do it and if they’re doing it with loved ones.
So take heart in knowing that just because Christmas is different this year doesn’t necessarily make that a bad thing, as family therapist and Montclair State University professor Jonathan Caspi told CNN.
Among the traditions suggested by Caspi in the video above, many are free and give people a break from being cooped up: Walking in a winter wonderland, enjoying reindeer games with kids, and taking a neighbourhood drive to see holiday lights can be a literal and emotional breath of fresh air.
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If your family would rather not frolic in freezing weather, giving Christmas foods an even bigger role than usual can also make for fun traditions, all without leaving your home. From ordering your favourite meals for delivery to experimenting with new Christmas recipes, culinary delights can be a source of comfort.
Still feeling bummed? If you can’t help but bemoan your blue Christmas, Caspi recommended seeing the bigger picture: There’s always Christmas in 2021 to look forward to, after all.
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