We've said it enough, 2020 has been one of a kind. But we can make that "one of a kind" much more fun by making this year our own right at the end. As we're spending the holidays a little more spread out than usual, creating your own holiday tradition is a great way to wrap up this wacky year.
Here are a few traditions from the Bomber team for holiday traditions that can make the season bright, no matter where we are this year!
1. Plan a decorating competition.
Deck the halls -- and go wild with it! On Christmas Day, the last day of Hanukkah, or on the holiday of your choice, spend a few hours decking out a room of your home with festive lights and decorations. Send pictures to friends and family, and have everyone vote on the winner! The winner gets some kind of prize, like a White Elephant gift -- and of course, bragging rights for the rest of the year.
2. Get the family in on festive arts and crafts.
This year is the perfect time to make a memory -- and a new tradition! Bring the whole household together for a night of festive arts and crafts, making ornaments for the tree, holiday cards for family, and working on family projects like puzzles and decorations! Save the decorations for next year, and start a collection of handmade ornaments for future holidays.
3. Host a holiday PJ party.
Spend an evening cozied up in your favorite PJs and fuzzy blankets. Camp out in the living room with hot cocoa, holiday candy, and popcorn, and watch your favorite holiday movies. Or, pick a new one to be the family's tradition!
4. Make up a holiday recipe.
The best way to a person's heart is through their stomach. Whip up some festive concoctions like cookies, apple cider, spiced wine, and the Christmas favorite -- Roast Beast! This year, challenge yourselves to make something creative and new -- something you've never made before. Each year, the new recipes can get more outlandish and creative!
5. Take it virtual!
This is a great option for widespread families, not just for 2020. No matter where you are, meet up with cousins, aunts and uncles, and grandparents via video chat. Celebrate your usual Secret Santa and Hanukkah unwrappings where everyone can see! Get together for cooking time, add an extra seat at the feast for the video camera, and spend as much time together as you can! Even next year, when we're (hopefully) able to gather in person, having video chat plans set up will be a great way to keep the long-distance family united.
6. Have a holiday dance party.
Put together a holiday-themed playlist and get the kids up and dancing. This is a fun tradition to have on the morning of a gift-giving holiday: Before the wrapping paper starts flying, encourage everyone to get up and moving. Take it up a notch with some holiday karaoke, and challenge everyone in the family to a festive dance contest!
7. Create a new gifting tradition.
Turn the gift-giving holidays into a fun (and sometimes hilarious) new tradition with themed gifts. For example, hit the thrift store for dirt-cheap books, the weirder the title, the better! Or, invest in something unique from overseas, like international candy, coffee, or snacks. (Pro tip: Sunglasses
are always a crowd pleaser!)
8. Take the party outdoors!
Who said socially distanced activities had to stay indoors? Head outside for some sledding, a snowball fight, or a walk around the neighborhood to look at the holiday lights. Holiday lights are a popular tradition among families, particularly if you live in a neighborhood where people go all out decorating their houses. Turn up the carols on the radio and spend an evening driving around to see the sights!
This year may not be as personal as usual, but we can still make it fun, festive, and full of love with some added creativity. Coming up with a new tradition is a great way to make this year feel a little more normal, a little more fun, and a little more US! Let us know what traditions you come up with, and share your favorites on Instagram @bombereyewear!