The holidays are a magical time, especially for kids. But this year, the pandemic is forcing families to rethink how they make that magic happen. With Thanksgiving approaching, and Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa next in line, how can you keep your family safe from COVID-19 while still making this year special?
To help, Connecticut Children’s is kicking off a weekly series of ideas to inspire and delight your kids this holiday season – even in quarantine.
#1 HOLIDAY PHOTO CONTEST If you start this one now, you can reveal photos as part of your Thanksgiving virtual celebration – and even have plenty of time to print cards to send as your actual holiday greetings!
Step 1. Decide the ground rules for your holiday photo contest.
Step 2. Create a holiday photo “tip list.” Thanks to social media, lots of older kids and teens already know how to take a great photo – but to help everyone in your extended family succeed, consider writing out a tip list. Feel free to borrow ours:
Step 3. Announce the holiday photo contest to family and friends. Record a quick video of your child announcing the contest. For example: “Get ready for your close-up! This Thanksgiving/Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/holiday season, I hope you’ll join our photo contest! Check out the rules and tips. And say CHEESE!”
Attach the video to an email or social media message to your extended family and friends. Include the rules (Step 1) and tip list (Step 2). How can they say no?
Step 4. Let your child be your art director! When it comes to your household’s photo submission, the best way to make the experience special for your child is to involve them every step of the way. This means saying yes to even their silliest suggestions. Sure, maybe your idea of a “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah” family photo never involved Halloween costumes from years past or everyone wearing handmade cardboard hats – but it’s sure to bring your child lots of joy. And that’s the whole point, isn’t it?
Have a safe and happy holiday season!