In a recent survey, 85% of Americans said they believe people will find safe and creative ways to celebrate the winter holidays in 2020. If your traditional holiday plans will be different this year, there are still plenty of ways to make your seasonal celebrations a real treat for the whole family. As always, keep in mind guidance from the CDC and your local public health authorities.

Five Safe and Sweet Ways to Celebrate the Winter Holidays in 2020

Surprise Your Neighbors

Drop off treats on your neighbors’ doorsteps to give them a sweet surprise. Choose festive packaging like stockings or holiday bags, include a variety of small gifts and stocking stuffers and don’t forget to tuck in a few small pieces of chocolate and candy.  

Holiday S’mores

If socially distant outdoor gatherings around a bonfire are still a possibility in your area, consider this twist on a campfire favorite. Gather the usual s’mores ingredients of graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate, but choose peppermint-flavored chocolates or marshmallows instead. If there are some in your group who don’t want to get their hands sticky, serve hot cocoa or coffee with chocolate-dipped candy cane stirring sticks. No matter how you treat, make sure you’re practicing proper hand hygiene and maintaining proper social distancing!  

Mask Up with a Festive Flair

Gift your friends and family pretty, patterned masks this year – there are lots of options with Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanza prints available. A recent survey of Americans found that 40 percent of people choose mints as their preferred solution to eliminate mask breath, so be sure to include a favorite breath-freshener as a special treat. That way, your gift recipients will not only have a fresh new holiday look but fresh holiday breath as well!

Virtual Dreidel

Buy a few inexpensive wooden dreidels and some chocolate gelt online and send it to friends and family across the country. Use your favorite online “meeting” platform to organize a game night where everyone takes turns spinning their own dreidel. The best part of playing the game at a distance is that no matter who wins, each house still gets to enjoy all their gelt!

The Great American Gingerbread House Bake Off

Recruit some friends to join you in a gingerbread house decorating competition. Set the ground rules (does everyone have to bake their own gingerbread or can they start with a kit?) and get to work. Post photos of the finished creations on your Facebook or Instagram page and let your friends choose the winner (keep it fair by not revealing who made each one). You can send a small gift to the winner or just give them the honor of bragging rights for the next year.   

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