While it’s important to follow all mandates and regulations to protect yourself against the spread of COVID-19, you don’t have to take down the stockings or put away the tree. In fact, it’s more important than ever to celebrate and enjoy the holidays this year. Check out these four safe and fun traditions that will help your family win winter!
1. Bake the Day Away
With fewer parties and dinners to run off to this year, spend some extra time in the kitchen experimenting. Whether you’re baking classic Christmas cookies or trying a new sweet treat — like the strawberry nut bread featured in the November/December issue of Evansville Living — this tradition can last hours or days and is full of fun for every age.
2. Add a twist to Hide-and-Seek
The legend of the Christmas Pickle is long and mysterious — with no one truly knowing where the tradition originated. American families have treasured the green glass ornament since Woolworth started selling the German import in the 1880s. To integrate this holiday hide-and-seek into your traditions simply hide the pickle within your Christmas tree and wait for a family member to find it and win an early present!
3. Pick out a Christmas Tree
Is it really Christmas if you aren’t rearranging furniture to fit your tree? Don’t go stir crazy this holiday — mask up and take the celebration to your favorite tree lot or farm. Continuing to practice social distancing will keep this outdoor tradition safe, but it won’t save you from arguing with your family over the perfect tree. To lessen your stress, we’ve listed some of Evansville’s best Christmas tree destinations in the 2020 November/December issue of Evansville Living.
4. Get Blinded by the Lights
Resting in your driveway — perhaps with a tree still strapped to the roof — your car is the key to another safe seasonal tradition. Pile in and head to your nearest Christmas light display, such as Ritzy’s Fantasy of Lights or Santa Claus Land of Lights. Don’t want to drive far from home? Take a spin around the block and see if you can spot your most festive neighbor or browse the Evansville Christmas Lights Facebook page for places to stop.