Preparing for the holiday season can be a very stressful time. Preparing for the holiday season during a pandemic…well that just seems near impossible. How do you get the family together when there are rules against having no more than a certain number of people in one place? It’s overwhelming, to say the least. Especially after the country saw a spike in cases following Halloween. Now, many people are being extremely cautious about approaching the rest of this year, understandably so. So how do you stay cautious while celebrating?
First and foremost, many counties have put orders in place limiting the number of people allowed to gather together. Make sure you’re staying updated on these changes, so you can be prepared when the day comes. If you do find yourself in a situation where many people aren’t able to come, there’s always Zoom, our favorite COVID companion. I know not many homes will have space, but if you can make it happen, be sure to have those that do come spread out 6 feet apart. And of course, don’t forget to wear your masks!
Another thing to think about is food. Having a lot of people over means batched food and buffet-style serving, which also means lots of hands touching the same serving utensils over and over. You can eliminate this risk in 1 of 2 ways. First, have food come prepared pre-portioned so everyone is only touching their own stuff. This can be a bit much since the perk of batched food is having all of it in one place. Which leads me to option number 2: have a dedicated server. This person wears gloves and a mask and serves everyone’s plate for them. This has only one person touching the utensils, therefore eliminating any spread that could occur.
For beverages, be extra careful that everyone is tracking their own drinks. Whether that means writing names on cups or using drink markers, do whatever you need to so everyone knows that what they’re drinking is in fact theirs.
This time of year is so special because it’s a time to bring families together. For some, this is the one time of year they all get to be together. So play it safe, be careful, and cherish your time together as a family.
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