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Your guide to virtual party hosting this holiday season!

Merriness may be spread thin this year, but there are still many opportunities to virtually celebrate in the upcoming month. Culturas has all of the best ideas for bringing cheery tidings this holiday season!

Due to the global pandemic, many families will be spending Christmas apart this year. The CDC recommends against traveling and urges folks to stay home to slow the spread of COVID-19.  So, are you looking to up the ante in your holiday video Zoom or Google Meet chat? Below are some festive ideas to create holiday magic for you and your loved ones. 

Internet-related festivities

A clean, festive background for a merry gathering!

Adding sugar, spice and all things nice to your internet holiday may be simpler than you think. One easy way to brighten up video chat is with a seasonal background. If Santa’s workshop is still a bit messy or baking got out of hand, a virtual holiday background acts as the perfect disguise. Not only does it add extra holiday decor to your call, but it also helps you look more put together regardless of how hectic life (or your bedroom) may be. 

If there is one thing Elf (2003) taught us it’s that “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” However, if your vocal cords aren’t up to that just yet, creating a family playlist of all your best holiday songs is another great way to collaborate with those who you can’t see in person. 

Music eases anxiety and depression. In a 2017 study conducted by Durham University, researchers found that music plays a large role in lifting moods and boosting happiness. Even scientists are practically urging you to do this. For those of us who are more musically inclined, another fun way to spread cheer is to carol! Coordinate with your Christmas internet guests and sing some holiday classics together. The audio may be finicky, but your hearts will be filled with the spirit of the season. 

Virtual “Secret Santa” 

Secret Santa and White Elephant may be gravely missed in 2020, but there are still a few ways to do it virtually. Obviously gift drop-offs are an option (see below). In fact, it’s also possible to do it online. Websites like Draw Names, among others, help with inputting and selecting names. Next step is to gather virtually. Here are strict guidelines to ensure the exchange is a success! 

With all of that in place, gifts can be exchanged over email, Venmo or whatever suits your virtual fancy. It is a perfect way to combine virtual fun with the thrill of gifting. What’s more, using an app like Venmo simplifies the process, instead of sending a gift through the mail. 

Clink, clink

Parties can be tricky to replicate virtually, especially the camaraderie, but what you can replicate are the flavors. Thanks to the internet, all recipes for holiday drinks can be found with one quick and easy search. 

A creative way to bond through screens is bartending and mixology. To celebrate the end of the quarter with your office, throw together a menu with instructions on how to make three unique Christmas drinks.

The Delish recipe for “Santa Clausmoplitians” only requires four ingredients and a good attitude. Not only is the holiday spin on complitains merry, but also scrumptious. 

“Our Salty Kitchen” on Pinterest shares an amazing drink recipe for “Holiday Sangria.” The fruity, jazzy and spiced drink is a crowd pleaser for all. 

Delish knocks it out of the park again with their recipe for “Boozy Chocolate Peppermintinis.” The drink is festive and, according to Delish, tastes exactly like peppermint bark. 

Socially-distant festivities

For those of us lucky to live in driving distance to our relatives and friends, but still are not planning on in-person gatherings, this is the section for you. 

Happy holidays!

Gifting is still a love language best fulfilled during the holidays. If you are missing out on the thrill of in-person gifting, fear not. Deliveries are a great, socially distant way to show your love this December. Leaving flowers, plants and gifts can still be achieved with proper precautions in place. 

Do a baking delivery with your friends and family. If you are missing specific holiday treats (I know I’m  really missing my great Aunt’s cheesecake), find a way to pass on the love. Bake whatever reminds you of celebrations in past years and deliver to those you miss most. Additionally, you can also ship baked goods if packed correctly. 

Package uniquely and leave on doorsteps and leave notes of love. Spreading well wishes are vastly important to the wellbeing of yourself and others. While baked goods may be devoured in a millisecond, words are forever. 

Regardless of how you and your loved ones celebrate the holidays this December, safety is a priority. The Culturas team wishes you a safe and happy holiday season!

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Sophia Ungaro
Sophia Rose Ungaro is Culturas resident writing intern. Ungaro hails from San Pedro, California. Growing up with a Navajo/Meztizo mother and a Sicilian father has given Ungaro a unique perspective on the world. In 2021 Ungaro will graduate from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Journalism. Her beats are race, pop culture, and entertainment.
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