Sleigh the holidays with the following fun twists on our team’s cherished family traditions. With new tools and resources created to help us stay connected, getting the family “together” for the holidays has become easier than ever. Whether you are near or far from your family, we are here to help you connect as you choose for the holidays. Now is the perfect time to consider creating new traditions or revamping the ones you have in place by embracing the hybrid world!

Tradition #1: Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Football Game, or Holiday Movie

In the era of Facetime and streaming services, it is easy to watch a football game, parade, or holiday movie “together” online or in-person with family and friends. Sales and Creative Services Manager Julianna Scerbo celebrates the holidays in Naples, FL with her family and their tradition is to watch White Christmas on Christmas Eve. Julianna proposes to pick your favorite holiday movie and watch it together, no matter the distance.

Tradition #2: Adopt a Family Through a Charity

The season of giving is the perfect time for your family to volunteer together and provide help to someone in need. Sales and Creative Services Manager Jamie Armistead’s holiday tradition is to adopt a family through a local Nashville organization, and set up an online wish list shared with her family. Everyone can contribute, and it is easy for her extended family not in Nashville to participate in the holiday cheer. During these difficult times, you may even have a friend or family member who could use a little extra love and care. Jamie suggests sending them a home cooked holiday meal delivered straight to their door.

Tradition #3: Gift a New Ornament Every Year

Sales and Creative Services Specialist Lesleigh Segal’s Christmas tree is filled with holiday tradition. Each year her aunt sends her a new ornament to hang and cherish. An annual ornament is not only a great gift, but a tradition your loved ones can reminisce on year after year in the presence of family or over video chat with folks far and wide. You can use any video chat service to open the gift together, or even host a “decorate your own ornament” DIY party, gifting your guests all of the supplies needed to make their very own memento to add to their growing collection.

Tradition #4: Send Out a Family Holiday Card

Many families look forward to their annual photoshoot, capturing a picture-perfect image to be shared in the form of the annual holiday card. Thanks to the help of modern technology, this tradition can live on no matter the circumstance of distance! Use a picture editing tool to create your holiday card and have your family members send you their best “elfie” to be photoshopped or collaged in. Sales and Creative Services Coordinator Devyn Dohner uses the ElfYourself app to create a fun, family video to send and spread the holiday cheer every year.

Tradition #5: See Christmas Lights

Enjoy this family tradition that is both merry and bright. Senior Account Executive Sari Hill packs a picnic basket with her holiday favorites and rides around with her family looking at Christmas lights. Sari exclaimed, “With holiday music filling the car, tasty treats of plenty and a night out with my family, the tradition sparks the holiday spirit for all.” If your neighborhood isn’t so spirited, there are ample options for drive-thru holiday light shows or organized socially distanced light displays that put safety first while still prioritizing seasonal spirit.  Take pictures and videos for family members that can’t be there in-person so they can share the experience of the holiday excitement.