Over the past few months, a lot has changed across the world. Each day we’re still learning how to adapt to the new normal and make small changes in our lives that will positively impact the community as a whole. This holiday season things will also be a little different — but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice fun and quality time with your loved ones. Here are a few little adjustments you can make to maximize your holiday experience this year while staying safe and healthy. And you can do them all in and around Winchester.

Add More Outdoor Activities 

Going outside together is one of the easiest and safest ways to spend quality time with friends and family in person. Now that fall has arrived you can enjoy nature in the perfect temperature — not too hot and not too cold. It’s the perfect setting for so many activities that can fill your days with excitement. 

A picnic is an easy alternative to going out to a restaurant. Just pack up some of your favorite foods and grab a blanket to sit on. You’ll get to catch up over a meal or snack while staying socially distanced. You can plan yours somewhere along the expansive green spaces throughout Snowden Bridge or just go directly to our picnic pavilion to enjoy the community tables. 

Another option is to go for a hike or a bike. Staying active is sure to boost your mood and inviting a friend to tag along makes it even better. There are so many trails throughout the community to choose from and they’re perfect for both longer rides or shorter strolls. Or, for a new adventure, go for a ride on the Sherando Park Mountain Bike Trails or climb a mountain on the Tuscarora Trail

There are even more opportunities for kids to enjoy outdoor adventures at Snowden Bridge. Even if indoor playdates are on hold, meeting up at the tot lot or playground is perfect to keep children connected and active. And if you’re looking to go a bit further, you can always take any of these activities to a nearby park for a change of scenery. 

Explore Virtual Alternatives 

From work to school and more, so much has been shifting to a new virtual environment — and there are ways to make these digital platforms work for your personal life too. Options like Zoom, Skype and FaceTime are all great ways to connect with loved ones face to face, from a distance. 

Schedule a time to set aside for a virtual gathering and invite as many people as you’d like. You can set this up for any occasion, big or small. Whether it’s a quick catch up with your siblings or a full family get together for the holidays, these new digital tools can provide a safe and secure alternative. 

You can also explore creative solutions to make this set up even more fun and engaging. Set a theme to the call, whether it’s a virtual happy hour or costume party for Halloween. You can also set up a device at the table to mimic a traditional family meal for those who can’t be there in person. It won’t be exactly the same as celebrating with them in person, but these new formats make interaction possible even from miles away. 

Send Something to Show You Care 

This time of year is known for being the season of giving but you don’t have to wait for a specific holiday to let someone know you care. Even just a small note can be enough to remind your loved one’s that you’re thinking of them right now. 

Take a few moments to spread the love and mail out a few postcards or packages to friends and family. No matter what it is, you’ll be putting a smile on their face and making their day a little brighter. 
Even for people who you talk to everyday, sending a memento can be something special for them to treasure. And even this can be done virtually! There are so many e-cards available to personalize and send. It’s the perfect option for any occasion — or for no reason at all!