The holiday season is a favorite time of year for many people, with festive lights, the excitement and joy of Christmastime, and reflecting on the past year’s blessings as we ring in the new year. While this December will look different this year in the midst of a pandemic, it doesn’t mean that the holiday season can’t still bring enjoyment and peace.

HSHS St. Francis Hospital is encouraging community members to make memories this holiday season, but to act responsibility and celebrate safely.

"While everyone typically enjoys gathering with family and friends during the holiday season, we strongly urge everyone to use alternative ways to ‘gather’ with those who don’t live in your household,” a hospital spokesperson said. “We are trying to avoid spikes in cases that happened during this pandemic following other holidays and gatherings this spring, summer and fall.  We want everyone to still enjoy the season, but by celebrating it in socially distant ways, we can limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep the ones we love safe.” 

St. Francis Hospital offers the following suggestions on sharing the spirit of the holiday season “together while apart”:

  • Host a virtual movie night and watch your favorite Christmas movies together. 
  • Share in your holiday traditions together via video like decorating a tree, opening presents or ringing in the new year. 
  • Have a video celebration. Instead of gathering for dinner in person, gather virtually using a video chat app. Then you can safely eat together and enjoy each other’s company.
  • Enjoy a special family meal item together, separately. Share the family recipe for that special item ahead of time so everyone can make it and enjoy it together virtually.

For more tips on celebrating safely this holiday season, visit cdc.gov.

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Kelly Barbeau

Manager, Marketing & Communications
HSHS Illinois
Office: (618) 234-2120, Ext. 41270
kelly.barbaeu@hshs.org

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