Another month, another edition of A Very Pandemic Holiday, which is 80 percent likely to become the title of a Hallmark movie. With December, and consequently 2020, coming to a much-anticipated end, we have one last thing to look forward to: winter break. Also known as 11 days free from the pastime that is school during arguably the best season. (I say arguably because personally, I’m more of a spring lover, but to each their own.) Nine months into this pandemic, I think it’s safe to say we’re all familiar with quarantine etiquette. This means vacations and traditions of large family gatherings have had to be canceled. So what exactly is there to do during winter break while stuck at home? 

For most, winter break is kicking off with a decorated tree and presents. As a devout believer in Santa Claus, I am among those and I’d be lying if I said I haven’t been looking forward to it for the past few months. While certain traditions may not be allowed, not all are COVID-restricted. For example, Ms. Henry will be upholding the tradition of a “kids only” Christmas Day, spent playing Mario Party and board games with her siblings. I’ll probably be keeping the tradition of not taking the tree down until February. Of course, Christmas isn’t for everyone and there are other December holidays such as Hanukah. 

A holiday that everyone celebrates, however, is New Year’s Eve, and we’ll finally get to leave the messy year of 2020 behind. Activities for Dec. 31 include making resolutions, reflecting on the past, drinking sparkling cider, and watching the infamous ball drop – which will be as virtual as possible this year to protect against the virus. Hopefully, this time New Year’s won’t signify the beginning of a year of disaster. 

Festivities aside, there’s a wide range of things to do during our break. For those who are looking to relax, staying on the couch, drinking hot cocoa, and binging TV shows is highly recommended. If you’re more interested in the outdoors, making snow creations, sledding, skiing, or tubing are suggested. That’s assuming the snow from our latest storm doesn’t melt away of course, which it most likely won’t. TV and the cold don’t sound appealing? Reading, playing video games, baking, board games, or regular old conversations with friends and family are just some of the possibilities.

Happy holidays and we’ll see you all in the new year!

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