Kids need holiday traditions—no matter how untraditional this year is

Plus, creative ideas to help families celebrate safely this year

There really is no place like home for the holidays this year. With coronavirus cases in the United States skyrocketing in recent weeks, infectious disease experts tell us the safest way to celebrate is at home—and only with the people who live with us.

That doesn’t mean the pandemic has to be the Grinch that steals your family’s Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or other midwinter holiday, though. In fact, experts say that maintaining or modifying traditions is particularly important for kids this year.

“Most people are starting to doubt that life is ever going to feel normal again,” says Dawn Huebner, parent coach and author of Outsmarting Worry: An Older Kid’s Guide to Managing Anxiety. “Traditions provide comfort, security, and a feeling of continuity to children. Keeping what you can and then adapting to our COVID reality helps children feel like life isn’t totally unrecognizable.”

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