Literally Taking a Holiday

Dr. Linsey James, PT, CLT-UE

December 2, 2020

Individuals a lot of times take it upon themselves to provide the needs for an event and with traffic to the stores, preparing time off to create the meal, decorating for the holiday gathering or even learning new recipes to cook can all add up; not even including the clean up…

Consider this definition of holiday…


  • a day of festivity or recreation when no work is done

Maybe the year of 2020 has a hidden message of minimalism. Potentially modifying holiday plans and gatherings to a smaller scale, further reducing stress regarding the virus in itself, but also reducing the burden of preparation, promoting more enjoyment of the moment.

Consider these stress-relieving steps:

  • Prepare early to avoid crowds
  • Delegate pitch-in option to disperse cooking efforts
  • Consider meal delivery to non-immediate family members
  • Use of disposable dinnerware when serving the meal
  • Consider drawing names for gift giving to reduce financial burden

Consider these lower-risk options during the holiday season to maintain your health and prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Having a small dinner with only people who live in your household
  • Preparing traditional family recipes for family and neighbors, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and delivering them in a way that doesn’t involve contact with others
  • Having a virtual dinner and sharing recipes with friends and family
  • Shopping online rather than in person
  • Watching sports events, parades, and movies from home
  • Engaging in socially distant holiday events
    • Socially distant/doorstep delivery
    • White elephant or Secret Santa
    • Cookie exchange
    • Ornament exchange
    • Virtual meet-up for distant relatives to engage in conversation, participate in the holiday meal, holiday story telling, etc.

Our holiday wish for all is a safe and healthy one!


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