Parenting In a Pandemic Holiday Celebrations

During holidays, we all look forward to being together with loved ones. Many of us have to travel considerable distances to see them. But with the COVID-19 pandemic, we also need to protect ourselves and our families, especially children under age 5 who aren’t yet able to be vaccinated against the virus.

What’s the safest way to celebrate?
Make sure everyone in your family eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine gets vaccinated. It is our best protection against the virus.

If you have a child under age 5 or a family member who cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19, continue taking precautions to protect them from exposure to the virus during the holidays.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these guidelines and considerations .

Make It Special!

Not seeing grandparents and other loved ones in person during holidays can be hard. Be creative in building them into your family’s celebrations:

  • Cook and eat the holiday meal together virtually using FaceTime, Zoom, etc. Save a place at your table for a laptop, tablet or smartphone and video chat with relatives and friends while you eat.
  • Open gifts together via video chat.
  • Set aside time for calling family or friends who are not with you.
  • Whip up a favorite recipe or wrap gifts and leave them at the doorstep of nearby relatives or friends. Bring needed meal supplies and gifts to your local food bank or charitable organization.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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