Okay, so 2020 has been unusually challenging. But we Mainers are famously creative and resilient, and we know that spreading holiday cheer—even socially-distanced holiday cheer—is absolutely something we can handle. So let’s get to it! Here are 4 great ways for spreading socially-distanced holiday cheer through kind, compassionate acts this holiday season.
Sponsor a Child or Family for the Holidays
Contact a local church or nonprofit such as The Salvation Army, to see how you can make a sponsored child’s or family’s holiday brighter. By doing this, you’ll spread love and give struggling parents peace of mind, allowing them to know they will have clothes, food, and gifts for their children. Most organizations will offer you the child’s or family’s wish list, making it easy to shop for their toys, gift cards, clothes, or whatever else may be in their holiday dreams.
Shovel, Snow Blow, or Plow a Neighbor’s Driveway
Here in Maine, it can be a chore for some folks, especially seniors, to keep their driveway and walkways free of snow and ice during the winter. Imagine how you could brighten their holiday season by shoveling, snow blowing, or plowing their driveway and clearing their walkways! And to take it one step further, try spreading even more socially-distanced holiday cheer by wiping snow or scraping ice off someone’s car, too!
Donate to Shelters or Food Banks
The pandemic has made many of our neighbors’ lives more difficult, with some now struggling with food-insecurity or homelessness. You can support them by donating money and nonperishable food to Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine or your local food pantry, or by donating such things as clothes, shoes, blankets, toilet paper, or diapers to your local shelter. And don’t forget your local pet shelter!
Throw a Virtual Holiday Party
Many of us won’t be able to gather with our extended family or “work family” this winter, but we can still spread holiday cheer by planning safe, virtual get-togethers. Using Zoom or another video conferencing service, you can hold fun, festive parties that are perfect for spreading socially-distanced holiday cheer. And you can get super-creative with it! For example, create your own custom backgrounds and share them with your fellow employees to add pizzazz to the festivities. Or use Zoom for speeches, toasts, or even interactive games such as trivia contests—with digital gift cards for the winners!
Spreading socially-distanced holiday cheer is really enjoyable and simple, once you set your mind to it. No matter what you choose to do this holiday season—from kicking back and “vegging out,” to using free time for making renovations that will increase your home’s value—we wish you a safe, happy, healthy holiday season. And if you need help buying or selling a home this winter, we invite you to contact us today.