Traditional Holiday Gatherings With Large Groups Can Be Postponed Until the Risk of Coronavirus Has Passed
As difficult as it may be, waiting until the health landscape is safer to celebrate their favorite holidays might simply be the best solution at this time. But "not now" does not have to mean "never."
Last updated on Jan 24 , 2021
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Big families can still celebrate the holidays together—just not right now. Prolong the holiday spirit by planning to have a celebration when the pandemic's risk has substantially abated or passed altogether.
While it may be a disappointment, large family gatherings—such as big parties or dinners with extended family members or friends—are simply not a good idea right now. But canceling them now doesn't mean they must be canceled forever.
People can tentatively plan a "Christmas in July" or simply put a "To Be Determined" on their big holiday soirées. These postponements may make the holiday season a little less jolly, but they can also give people a much-needed event to anticipate once COVID-19 is less of a threat.
The CDC has been clear on the need to limit large gatherings. They wrote: "The more people an individual interacts with at a gathering and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher the potential risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 and COVID-19 spreading."
There are several guides available online for people who feel uncomfortable having this necessary conversation with their families. The bottom line: be direct.
It's logical: people can simply wait to have big celebrations.
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