2020 has been a hard year all around. The coronavirus pandemic has had us home more than ever, often having to remain socially distant to protect ourselves and those we care about. Staying socially distant will be harder for some people. No matter how easy or hard it is for you, it’s more important than ever to hold our family and friends close. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to show the ones you care about that you’re thinking of them even though you can’t be together in the same place.
If you’re looking for some ways to celebrate family and friends, while remaining socially distant, here are some options:
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Have a Netflix Viewing Party
If you have Netflix (and most people do at this point) you can watch movies with your friends like you did before the pandemic. In fact, many streaming services are now allowing you to share movies and your screen. You can also use services like Kast and Discord to share your screen and either text chat or use audio and video to talk during whatever you’re watching. Screen sharing is a great way to hang out like you used to without actually being in the same location.
Have a Google Hangout Happy Hour
If you want to spend time with your friends like you used to, consider hosting a virtual happy hour. Choose a cocktail, a special wine, or whatever you like to drink. From there choose some conversation topics and you’re just about set. You can invite all your friends at a given time to your Google Hangout. You’ll all be able to talk, drink, and reconnect with one another. Make sure to plan another Happy Hour before you’re done with the first, so that you can keep the good times going!
Start a Virtual Book Club
If your friends love to read, you could pick a regular selection of books and get together to discuss them using Zoom or another video chat service. Zoom is a great choice for just about anything. It’s also free and can host up to 100 users in one chat at the same time. That would be quite a few people for a book club, but it would be great for an extended family reunion! If you’re not a big reader, you could use Zoom to do just about anything you want to do with friends from listening to music to playing a game.
Send a Care Package
If you’re going to send a care package, you can find an already packaged gift basket or you can choose the items you’re going to send to suit the friend you’re spoiling. You don’t have to spend a lot of money. Just pick out something personal and have it sent to your friend. They will be sure to be grateful and they will know that you care! They might even return the favor!
How are you staying connected with friends and family? Let us know in the comments!
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