How to make socially distant holidays special

As the holidays rapidly approach, many are feeling the loss of long-standing traditions amid a year already marked by loss and uncertainty. New statewide lockdowns require that we stay distanced from loved ones to ensure everyone’s health and safety, even though these mandates are necessary, they may make us feel like there is a damper on holiday spirit. However, we can still look forward to celebrating by changing up the traditional festivities to stay separate -- but not apart -- from family and friends. Read on for a few ways to make socially distant holidays special amid the pandemic!

Support local.  Let’s face it, if your household is small, cooking a whole turkey might yield too many leftovers and take too much effort. Many Seattle spots are offering takeout, delivery or meal kit services that are the perfect option for a virtual dinner gathering. For small groups, try Ballard restaurant Addo for a $25-per-person kit that includes just the right-sized portions of traditional Thanksgiving cuisine. For larger households, you can order family-style takeout at Cafe Flora, or indulge in the Duwamish Tribe’s special meal kit. Don’t forget to support Northwest breweries or wineries as well -- try Silver City Brewery’s Wonderland Winter Lager or pick from this list of delicious wines.

Volunteer to help those in need. This Thanksgiving, you might choose to turn the season of giving thanks into giving back. There are a few websites that are helpful in finding opportunities for the whole household to get involved -- just make sure to mask up to keep everyone safe! You can provide food and warmth to those in need through options like food bank distribution -- Northwest Harvest is hosting virtual food drives to allow proper social distancing.

Buy sustainable. In a world of uncertainty, it’s one of the things you can control. If you’re planning to cook, decorate, or gift-shop for the holidays, choose eco-friendly brands or ethical food sources. Glasswing has the cutest clothes, home goods, and plants that are perfect for gifts or decorating and boast non-toxic ingredients and environmentally-conscious designers. Prairie Underground’s trendy clothes are made with sustainable textiles of hemp and organic cotton, and Homestead’s unique vintage furniture and home goods are sure to add some holiday cheer. Finally, the Central Co-op in Madison and Tacoma is a must-shop destination! Get your holiday ingredients and be confident that they are high-quality and sustainably sourced.

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