We probably never imagined that the way we celebrate the holidays would drastically change someday, but here we are. The big gatherings we are used to are unfortunately not something that we can do this year as we strive to protect the health of our family, friends, and community members. Instead of allowing the holiday gathering restrictions to get you down – we know it’s hard – why not find a few new ways to make this year special? We have some suggestions to try so you can enjoy the holidays, even if they look different than they normally do.

Deck the Halls

Even if you typically decorate for the holidays, making your home a magical place to be is a great way to make this season extra special as you celebrate from the comfort and safety of your home. Try adding some last-minute touches this week that can include a fresh, seasonal flower arrangement, string lights throughout the house, and light a new winter-scented candle. Home has never been more important, so we encourage you to make the best of it with a holiday transformation for your at-home celebration!

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Set the Mood

Decorations are only one piece to the puzzle when it comes to making home extra special this holiday season. The activities you do each night are also important, so we recommend creating a calendar of your holiday favorites to complete this week! The calendar should include music to listen to, outdoor activities, movies to watch, and meals to cook or order to-go from our local restaurants.

Stay Connected

Since seeing your extended family and group of friends is not possible, plan a few times to connect with them! There are many different platforms you can use from your phone, tablet, or computer to see each other and create an intimate virtual gathering. Different platforms to try include Zoom, House Party, Google Hangouts, Facetime, or Skype.

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Do Something New

If there is a tradition you have been wanting to start for years but have never gotten around to it, this is the year to start it! Maybe you’ve always wanted to go skating on Christmas Eve, or perhaps you have been trying to switch from gift-giving to donating to a charity with your family. Whatever it is, we hope that you take the opportunity presented this year to start something great and new.

We wish our entire community in New Ulm and beyond a safe, healthy, and wonderful week of holiday celebrations and look forward to connecting in the new year.