One of the biggest holidays of the year is Christmas. Christmas is a time to come together with family and friends to share laughs, food, and presents. But what happens when we have a nationwide pandemic preventing us from gathering with others? Here are a couple of ways that you can navigate the holidays while avoiding possible dangers this year!
This one is a classic! Everyone loves mysteries and receiving gifts, so of course, putting the two together would make an awesome combination. Secret Santa gift exchanges are a fun way to celebrate the holidays through gift-giving but with the added fun of it being completely random. There are plenty of websites that will help you set up your Secret Santa event. I would recommend secretsantaorganizer.com which is what my friends and I are using this year. All it requires is every person’s email address. Then the site will shuffle everyone’s names and send an email saying who you are buying gifts for. You can set a price limit so that everyone’s gifts cost nearly the same amount and each person can create their own wish list with items in the budget. The best way to make this a holiday celebration would be to open your gifts on a video call together. This will allow everyone to see each other’s presents for the first time and do reveals for who gifted each person!
Have a Holiday Dinner Party (Share Recipes)
One of the best traditions of the holidays is to have a huge Christmas dinner. This works best when each person brings their own food item and then everyone mixes and mashes to create a fun Christmas meal. Instead of coming together for Christmas dinner this year, try having a virtual dinner! Have everyone attending cook their own meal and then take turns on the video call showing off what you made. If you’re part of a competitive group, you can make it a competition to see who has the nicest looking plate of food to build some tension. Make the dinner even more fun by sharing special recipes for either Christmas meals or baked desserts!
Book a Call with Santa
If you have kids, then you know how much they love going to see Santa at the local mall. Due to the nation’s current circumstances, it can be difficult to tell if Santa will be making a physical appearance before the 25th. However, if you check our website, you’ll see that we can help you book a Zoom call with Santa Claus. POGO is helping your children see Santa before Christmas while avoiding all potential pandemic risks. All you need to do is check out the ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Zoom’ page under ‘Events’ on POGO’s website to watch a short video explaining how the process works!
Most of you reading this have probably played Bingo before. Holiday Bingo is a fun form of Bingo where the numbers on your card are replaced with Christmas related activities. Cover a space if you’ve been in a snowball fight this year. Cover a space if you’ve drunk eggnog before. I think you get the point. Each space will relate to something you do during the Holidays. You shuffle all the possible spaces in a hat and pull them one by one until someone’s card has Christmas Bingo. You can add prizes like gift cards or even merge it with food and say the winner can have Grandma’s secret Christmas cookie recipe!
Alternatively, if you are unable to set up your own Bingo in time for Christmas, POGO offers Jukebox Bingo events. This is Bingo with the numbers replaced by popular songs. The Bingo genres range from ‘Back to the 80s’ to ‘Country’ to so much more. All you have to do is check out the ‘Jukebox Bingo’ page under ‘Events’ on POGO’s website to find more information.
With everything going on this year, we at POGO understand that celebrating Christmas can be difficult. We hope that with these suggestions, we can help you find a way to make the most out of a virtual Christmas. If you and your family happen to take part in any of these activities, feel free to take a picture and post it on Facebook or Instagram tagging POGO @pogoevents so we can see your holiday celebrations!
Happy holidays everyone!