By now, we’ve all had to accept that our gatherings just aren’t going to be the same this year. Ultimately, it’s for our own safety, even if it means disappointment in the short term. But just because the holidays won’t involve dozens of friends and family gathering to celebrate doesn’t mean celebrations are totally off the table. There are plenty of ways to spend some quality time with loved ones through virtual means. There are even more ways to keep those calls interesting and engaging. Here are some innovative ideas for your next virtual gathering.
The beauty of this idea is that it can be as simple or complicated as you want it to be. Some simple crafts might be cutting paper snowflakes, decorating sugar cookies, making a Christmas ornament, or decorating a stocking. For a more involved crafting evening, you could try recreating a “paint and sip” class over video, decorating a themed wreath, or creating holiday cards.
Similar to crafting, a meal can be as intricate or unfussy as you like. If you have young grandchildren, letting them lead your cooking “class” can be as entertaining as it is memorable. Though you’ll be in separate households, making the and sharing the same meal over a video chat is a simple way to stay connected.
Thankfully, there are more ways than ever to watch movies together—even if everyone watching isn’t in the same room. Teleparty, Hulu Watch Party, and Disney Plus’s GroupWatch feature all allow you to simultaneously stream shows and movies from separate households.
Board games might be hard to play over video, but fortunately there are plenty of virtual options these days. You could even try holding a scavenger hunt, playing hide and seek, or creating your own bingo game over video. But for simpler, virtual games, the Houseparty app features a selection of games everyone can play. There’s also Drawasaurus, if you love guessing/drawing games like Pictionary.
For a more low-key virtual gathering, you can still spend meaningful time together without the activity. Sharing memories from your own life and taking time to have genuine conversations is a memorable and valuable experience for everyone!