The holidays are usually a time for us to be together and engage in long-standing traditions with our family and friends, but this year, the holidays look different for a lot of us, and we may not be able to partake in our usual festivities. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t find ways to connect with those we love and create new memories and traditions! That’s why we wanted to share some of our favorite ideas for how to celebrate the holiday season, even when we’re apart.
Facilitate a postal cookie exchange
If there’s one thing bakers love, it’s exchanging cookies and other confectioneries during the holiday season. There’s no reason we can’t still exchange things through the mail! Make a group for the exchange, and have each person bake a big batch and send a couple of cookies to everyone else. That way, you will all end up with a large variety of scrumptious sweets!
Tip: Need a cookie recipe that will wow your friends and family? Try our Reindeer Cookies for a treat that is as tasty as it is cute.
Challenge your friends or family to a virtual gingerbread house decorating competition
Tap into your competitive side by challenging your loved ones to the ultimate gingerbread decorating competition! Each household can decorate their house however they choose, and then you can all connect via video chat to share finished results and vote on the winning house. If you want a third-party opinion, you could share photos on social media and have others cast a vote on which house reigns supreme.
Tip: Want to go the extra mile and make your gingerbread house completely from scratch? Try our Gluten-Free Gingerbread House recipe!
Host a virtual holiday recipe swap
Love your aunt’s signature pie but don’t know how to make it yourself? It’s never too late to learn! Gather your family or friends virtually and have everyone share recipes for the foods they usually bring to holiday gatherings. Just because the way you’re celebrating is different, doesn’t mean that the food has to be!
Tip: Don’t normally bring anything to the holiday feast, but still want to participate in the recipe swap? We’ve got you covered! This Baked Brie and Figs recipe makes a wonderful addition to any holiday table.