Passing Time During Quarantine: Holiday Edition

Author: Abbie Giles

Posted November 16th, 2020

        As you know, we’ve transitioned into online learning for the time being due to health and safety concerns. And much to my personal dismay, this has happened right before the holiday season. Although I’m sure we all wanted to be able to spend the holidays with our friends and family in school, it’s clear that things are ramping up again and we might not be able to do that. Nevertheless, it has been my goal to keep the holiday spirit alive. Once it gets colder up here in New England and it really feels like winter, I’ll be doing these five things, among others, to be cheery and festive, and I suggest that you do the same. 


1.Exploring the Plethora of Holiday Movies 


Honestly, this one is pretty predictable. Who wouldn’t be diving into the cheesy goodness of the holiday movie section of your favorite streaming platform? This is a no brainer and if you ask me.


2. Calling/Facetiming Friends and Family


Although many of us would normally be traveling to visit friends and family during this time of the year, why not do the next best thing? I highly recommend taking a moment or two out of your day to call friends or family. And I mean call, not just text. We need real human connection during these times of isolation. You could even set up a zoom call with a group of friends or family. I’ve done a ton of zoom calls for family and friend’s birthdays recently. It’s a great way to reconnect with people that you might not have seen for a long time.


3.Sending Gifts to Friends and Family 


We may be celebrating the holidays in a new way, but that doesn’t mean that I’ll pass up the chance to give (and receive) gifts. Both of these actions light up the heavy mood we’ve been collectively feeling recently. Seriously, if you have time (and I’m sure you do since none of us are at school) why not take a moment to send someone you really care for a Christmas gift. It’ll surely brighten the day of the recipient as well as yours. 


4.Listen to Holiday Music 


This is almost a given, so I probably didn’t need to include it. But if you think I’m not driving around in my car aimlessly listening to some Mariah Carey Christmas bops already, you don’t know me; I’ve wasted so much gas.


5.Cook a Festive Meal


It could be a full Thanksgiving meal, or even just a mug of hot chocolate adorned with the perfect amount of whipped cream. Either way, eating food is arguably one of the most important parts of the holiday season and I’m not going to give that up even though I can’t share it with friends and extended family.