4.6.20

3 ways to strengthen family ties at holiday time even though you’re quarantined

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Honor Easter, Passover and Ramadan traditions despite requirements to stay at home.

There’s a lot we don’t know about COVID-19, but there’s one thing we know for sure: it’s going to disrupt family holidays. Social distancing to protect health means that Easter dinner, Passover Seder and breaking the fast of Ramadan will be different this year. Here are three ideas for strengthening family ties while quarantined.

Share family recipes

There’s something special about home-cooked food, especially the recipes we only make at the holidays. Share them!

When you make family classics, invite your kids into the kitchen to participate. Cooking side-by-side is one of the best ways of handing down recipes. Write down the recipes and show how to make them step-by-step.

Also, use your phone to video the process. While you’re at it, tell family stories about holiday traditions and the people who first introduced you to the recipe. Share the videos with members of your extended family and ask them to do the same.

Stream services

While big gatherings in-person are restricted, many churches, synagogues and mosques are streaming services online. Gather family around a shared screen and participate in services while sheltering in place at home.

Connect with others

Technology gives us more ways than ever to connect with loved ones we can’t be with. Set up a video chat using FaceTime, Zoom or similar services. If you have family members who aren’t tech savvy, help them set up their device and give them a tutorial ahead of time.

It is difficult to be apart from loved ones at the holidays but with an adaptable mindset, there are ways you can keep your bonds strong.

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