Holiday Parenting

New Holiday Traditions for 2020

2020 has been an unprecedented year to say the least and while the calendar year is almost complete, there’s still a pandemic that’s not over.

Our family is fortunate to stay safe and healthy at home during the pandemic. While I am extremely thankful for so much this year, the days can get a little mundane spending all day every day at home. So I try to find new ways to entertain my son and create new traditions, especially for our family of three.

This week I’ll be sharing what we’ve been up to and what we’ll be doing at home to continue the holiday celebrations. Starting with today – I didn’t do a great job of planning the day so it was spontaneous with a few speed bumps along the way. But planning doesn’t seem to make a difference because in 2020 nothing seems to go according to plan.

First I read about an art walk in a neighborhood of Chicago where there was supposed to be 3D chalk displays in the windows of some stores and restaurants. We went to check it out, but couldn’t find the artwork. I quickly decided to move on to my backup plan, which was a free event that didn’t require tickets in advance: A Drive Thru Visit with Santa. We arrived just in time for the start of the event at 4 p.m. and we waited in line for about 45 minutes. After driving around a short half circle driveway, we received a bag of candy and we got to briefly see Santa through our car window. Even though the wait was long for a very short visit, my son loved it. And for the first time he didn’t seem dubious about Santa. Instead he was rather excited to see Santa and to yell “Merry Christmas” out of our car window.

Unfortunately neither of these events will repeat unless the art walk hopefully displays the artwork. For anyone wondering, I get all of my ideas for family-friendly things to do during the pandemic from either Instagram, local Facebook groups, or Chicago Parent. I’m thankful for these easy channels to discover all the creative ideas people come up with to keep the spirit of the holidays despite physical distancing.

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