Premier Doug Ford announced new restrictions to follow leading into the heart of the holidays. On December 26th at 12:01 AM, the entire province will move into the grey zone for 28 days in most of the region and two weeks in Northern Ontario, which means a few things. All indoor gatherings are forbidden within this time frame, so any plans to gather for the holidays are not allowed. All non-essential businesses will have to close their doors, however pick–up and delivery will still be an option for you. Although this news comes at a tough time, 2020’s holidays can still be memorable in their own strange way! It might be time to make new traditions. Check out our recommendations for a COVID-Wise Christmas and some of the activities to keep you safe while having fun.
Get lost in the movie magic of Christmas
There’s nothing quite like getting into the spirit by catching up with your favourite Christmas characters. From Buddy the Elf to Kevin McAllister to the Grinch, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the holidays. Huffington Post has an awesome full listing of where you can watch holiday movies from all the streaming services available in Canada.
Make your own holiday treats
Who doesn’t love some tasty holiday baking? Nothing compares to the family shortbread recipe or gingerbread amazingness that your loved ones make, but you could try to make their recipe on your own this year. If you don’t want to mess with greatness, why not try out your own recipe to make something new like chocolate bark, homemade fudge or Christmas cookies with your own flair?
Take your celebrations online
From Zoom to FaceTime to Houseparty, there are several safe options to get together with loved ones over the holidays without gathering. You could host a Christmas-themed trivia night or take turns unwrapping gifts. Either way, it’s a nice way to see your loved ones!
Hop in the car and take in some holiday lights
The magic of the holidays comes alive from gorgeous holiday lights! Ottawa is full of incredible light displays from Cumberland Village to Magic of Lights to Taffy Lane in Orleans. You and your household can take a drive to see these light displays from the comfort and safety of your car.
Make your own ornaments
Don’t you just love looking back at the ornaments you made as a kid? This is the perfect tradition to get your little ones crafting and having fun. Homemade decorations add a personal touch to your holiday décor, while making memories, too!
Order in dinner to save yourself the trouble
And if the mess of cooking a big Christmas dinner is something you don’t miss from large gatherings, why not order in to take a load off? It’s a superb way to support local, too. Check out Kayla’s recommendations here.
How are you switching up your holiday traditions this year? Drop a comment below!