The holidays are all about celebrating with family and friends, which usually includes gatherings. This year, things will be a little different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

It may prove to be difficult for seniors to stay happy and positive through the holidays without the typical traditions they have grown accustomed to. While COVID-19 will prevent many seniors from seeing family and friends in person, there are still plenty of ways to stay connected this holiday season. Read below to find out how:


Schedule Virtual Celebrations

While you may not be able to be with family and friends in person on each holiday you celebrate, you can still see them! 

Contact your family members and/or friends to set up a time to video chat each holiday. During the virtual celebration, you could plan to eat together, open gifts together, play games, and much more. 

If you can still see and speak with them, even if through a screen, it will make the holidays feel at least a little more normal. 


Ask Family Members to Send Photos/Videos

If you have grandchildren, it may be upsetting to think that you will not be able to be with them for the holidays. 

Typically, the holidays with grandchildren means spending time with them, giving gifts, and seeing how they react to the excitement. You may not be able to experience the holidays with them in person this year, but you can still ask your family members to send you pictures and/or videos of your grandchildren in their holday attire, opening gifts, dancing to holiday music, watching holiday movies, and much more. 


Phone Calls Throughout the Day

Being unable to follow your holiday traditions may feel lonely, so it is a good idea to reach out to your family and/or friends to set up times for phone calls throughout the day. It will be fun to hear about everyone’s days and get updates on what they are doing to celebrate. This way, you can stay safe in your home while having the company of others over the phone.