How to Host a Virtual Family Holiday Party
While Christmas and New Years’ are around the corner, concerns about the coronavirus spread persist. Many seniors and their families are not sure how to plan for what is typically the most festive time of year. Unlike summer days, when families could quickly gather and even social distance, the colder weather makes that impossible for many. A solution that may make the holidays better this year is to host a virtual holiday party with your loved ones. The variety of video chat services that are now available and how easy they are to set up make this a viable way to celebrate. Keep on reading to learn more about how to host a virtual family holiday party!
If your elderly loved one hasn’t done so already, walk them through adding Skype, Zoom, Google Hangout, or FaceTime to their laptop or tablet. You can accomplish this during a phone call. Each is a free platform that allows for virtual face-to-face interactions. While it’s always better to be together, these are possible solutions to consider during unusual times like these. Once you have that set up for them, here are some enjoyable virtual party ideas for you and your loved ones to consider!
While it may feel silly to sing a holiday carol together virtually, it can be fun if there are little ones involved. Create a holiday playlist ahead of time with input from all of your family members. You could also have your family members download an app, like Sing-Along Christmas Carols. Christmas carols might be what your family needs this year!
Who doesn’t love a fair gift exchange? With many people trying to stay at home and others fearful of traveling, you might need to reconsider how to host your family’s usual gift exchange. Organize gift drop-offs, and pick-ups or shipping presents to those who live further away. Then, get dressed up just like you would if you were meeting in person, and then jump on a video chat to open all of your gifts “together.” Also, don’t forget to decorate your background!
Classic Christmas Stories
Another great idea for your virtual holiday party to enjoy together is to read classic Christmas stories through a virtual call. Everyone can download or borrow favorite stories from the local library to read along with the storyteller. Have the grandparents read to the kids! Another fun option is to utilize the Share Screen feature on Zoom and watch a YouTube video like this one of Santa reading the story of Twas the Night Before Christmas.
Even though these are trying times with the coronavirus, there’s nothing like an excellent virtual holiday party with your loved ones. So, go online and make new memories with your family!