The December holidays are just around the corner! But with the looming threat of the coronavirus pandemic, many of the things we would typically do are now out of the question. With travelling and throwing huge parties with all our friends totally out of the running, and many of us still hesitant to go out into crowded malls, what are some fun activities we can do to spend time with our loved ones this holiday season? Here are 8 coronavirus-friendly activity suggestions for you and your friends this holiday season!
Coronavirus-friendly Activity #1: Movie Marathon
A cheap and easy way to spend time with your friends and family this holiday season is just to have a movie marathon! Invite a few (no more than 5) friends over, get the popcorn and Netflix, and you’re all set! Even better, you don’t need to worry about bothering others by talking like you normally would in a cinema, so a movie marathon becomes a great way to bond with your friends, even new friends. No awkward silences needed!
Coronavirus-friendly Activity #2: Virtual sightseeing
Travelling for leisure might be pretty much off-limits for now, but did you know that many places are now offering virtual tours? Who needs travel when you can already roam and admire the world’s greatest sights from inside your own home? The Louvre in Paris, the Acropolis in Greece, Disneyworld, NASA, Legoland and New York’s museum of modern art are just some of the fascinating new places you can visit on Google Arts and Culture. And guess what – you can do all this with your friends and family from the comfort of your pajamas, completely free!
Coronavirus-friendly Activity #3: Take online courses
If you’re still at a loss for finding things to do, why not take the time to upgrade yourself? Have you ever wanted to learn something, but have simply never been able to find the time to do it? Online websites like Coursera, Udemy, and FutureLearn have a huge range of courses to choose from! Some courses even offer certificates that you can use to verify you have learnt a new skill! From psychology to yoga, you can almost always find a topic you’re interested in. Maybe you and your friends will even be able to help each other out if you take the courses together!
Coronavirus-friendly Activity #4: Family puzzle
Puzzles are always fun, whether you do them by yourself or with your family. You can even make it a bigger project – try to complete a 2000 piece puzzle. Plus, you get a nice, frameable keepsake when you are all done, and you and your family can admire it for years to come.
Coronavirus-friendly Activity #5: Garden
Focusing on your own home garden is one of the best ways you can spend time together during this period. All you need to get started is just some soil, a few pots, and some seeds! Many plants can also grow from cuttings, so if you already have a few friends who have green fingers, they can actually help you get started by giving you a snipping from their own plants! It’s an inexpensive hobby, and if you start growing herbs with your garden, this hobby can save you some money the next time you want to whip up a fancy meal!
Coronavirus-friendly Activity #6: Upgrade your kitchen skills
Everyone has some food or other that they enjoy – so why not learn to make yours at home this holiday season? Whether you are just starting out or already a pro chef in the kitchen, there are always new dishes that can give your skills a challenge! Or if you are primarily a gourmet chef for home-cooked meals, you can give baking a go! Who knows? By the end of this holiday season, maybe you’ll be able to make the perfect baked Alaska!
Coronavirus-friendly Activity #7: Virtual Choir
You may already have wanted to brush up on your music skills this holiday season, but here’s an idea: take it one step further and join a virtual choir! Just like the National Day virtual choir who sang Dick Lee’s “Home” together earlier this year, you could create a Christmas themed virtual choir with with your loved ones, whether they are near or far! If you already have some musical savvy, just send your various family members different parts to contribute– each family member can sing the melody, harmony, or even just clap along if they prefer! At the end of it all, you’ll all have a special Christmas video to remember this holiday season.
Coronavirus-friendly Activity #8: Get fit
It’s a sad truth, but it can be all too easy to put on weight near the holiday season! That’s why exercise can be a great new hobby to pick up at this time. Gyms now have many safety protocols in place, but if you’re still hesitant to visit one, you can try bodyweight exercises at home instead! Home workouts can be simple and effective, and many apps now allow you to customise your own workout according to your goals and current fitness level. So what are you waiting for?
A Parting Note …
Of course, this article looks at fun things you can do this holiday season from the comfort of your home. But if you are interested in the attractions that are now open in Singapore, be sure to check out our article on local tourism ideas here!
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