The Atlanta Botanical Gardens creates “The Dragonfly” light sculpture at “Garden Lights and Holiday Nights.” Photo: Flickr

This has been a crazy year, to say the least. With COVID-19 cases currently rising in all 50 states, many are wondering what the 2020 holiday season will bring. Travel can be risky, and people may not be able to spend the holidays with extended family and friends as usual. But there are still traditional holiday activities that one can enjoy safely to raise holiday spirits. Here are some suggestions:

1. Watch movies and listen to music

Whether it’s Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You,” or Adam Sandler’s “The Chanukah Song,” holiday songs are always great when spending time with family at home. For movies, classics like “Home Alone” and “Elf” are always a good choice. In addition, the Hallmark Channel is an option for some cheesy holiday flicks.

2. Play games and do crafts

Host a family board game night. If you celebrate Chanukah, play some Dreidel. Work on a puzzle over break. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa or Chanukah, you can decorate your house.

3. Give back to the community

It is important now more than ever to support others whenever possible. One option is to send holiday cards to deployed soldiers overseas. Head over to for more information. Another is to donate gently used clothes and other items to local shelters. You can give to Toys for Tots or research other service opportunities to give back. You can even host your own drive.

4. Visit the Atlanta Botanical Gardens “Garden Lights, Holiday Nights”

This Atlanta tradition is still possible thanks to ABG’s COVID-19 measures. According to their website, the ABG limits the number of people allowed in, requires masks and employs various other protocols to ensure the safety of visitors. This beautiful light exhibit is open from 5-10 p.m., and it is available until Jan. 16. Tickets are on sale online, starting at $25. This is a great way to celebrate the holidays outdoors.

5. Bake and decorate

Making and decorating cookies is always a go-to to get into the holiday spirit. Decorate a gingerbread house or bake a cake. Help your family cook your holiday meals. Consider learning to cook something new.


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