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Keep the Happy in Your Holidays: Celebrating the Season During COVID-19

Community spread of the coronavirus has significantly increased in recent weeks, leaving many families wondering what their holiday season and plans will look like this year. It’ll be much different, for sure, and that may cause feelings of sadness and disappointment. Experts say the key is to focus on what you can control. You can help your family cope by being honest with them and finding new ways to safely celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year and any other cherished holiday or family traditions.

As you plan, keep these COVID-19 prevention tips top of mind:

  • Avoid traveling. Instead, celebrate virtually with anyone who doesn’t live with you.
  • Wear a face covering and keep your distance while grocery shopping for holiday meals.
  • Keep an eye on the risks and spread in your local area. (Here's how to check your Colorado county.)
  • Follow holiday guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We spoke with pediatric and adolescent psychologist Jessica Hawks, PhD, and child life specialist Bree Justus, MA, CCLS, about supporting your family’s emotional well-being and keeping the holidays special, even in a pandemic.

Set expectations to avoid holiday disappointment

Savor quality (and quiet) time with your kids

Create meaningful traditions – even in a pandemic

A friendly reminder

According to our infectious disease experts and recent news reports, a vaccine is on the way. That’s great news. But widespread distribution likely won’t happen for many months, so we’re not out of the woods yet.

The best ways to continue limiting the spread of COVID-19 are still wearing a face covering, practicing social distancing and frequently washing your hands. Planning ahead, keeping an eye on the spread of COVID-19 in your community, and paying close attention to your local health guidelines can help you make holiday decisions that are right for your family. Check out our other coronavirus resources, designed specifically for families.

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