How to Celebrate a Remote Christmas 🎄🎅

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My family will not meet in person this year due to the spread of the Coronavirus. Instead, we want to celebrate remotely. Here are some ideas of what you can do if you’re in a similar situation.

The Human Connection

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Talk with your family and arrange some calls. It might be that you just call some people and have 1-by-1 conversations. Or you could use Google Hangouts / Skype / WhatsApp group calls. Just make sure that you agree on a time. And maybe try it out beforehand — your relatives might not be as tech-savvy as you are.

You might also want to send them a calendar invite 😄


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Changing how your room/apartment/house looks also changes how you feel. The decoration signals to you that it is a special day. I know, you might not have the decoration directly at your place, but maybe you can still make it a bit special? Maybe you have some candles?

Here are some ideas:


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You probably have something special for Christmas. A tradition, what you usually eat for Christmas dinner. Keep that tradition up! Next year, when things are hopefully normal again, you will be more grateful when somebody else prepares that meal for you.

Watch Christmas Mass Online

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Going to church is an integral part of Christmas for many people in Germany. A friend of mine is super active in his community and they organized online masses in recent months. Have a look in your community — and don’t forget to plan this right with when you have dinner / when you talk with your family. You don’t want to get stressed with that. Plan ahead to avoid stress.


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I love playing games 😍 And typically, we play some when I see my family. It might be console games like Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros, or Wii Sports. It might be boardgames like Fantasy Wizard, Black Stories, or Codenames. It could be a multitude of card games.

This year, we needed to think about how to do this remotely. There are several suggestions:

  • Explain a word by drawing — it’s super fun 😃
  • You need to describe words. It’s super fun. You should definitely give it a shot if you like games as well. I love that they made it online available — and for free🎉
  • A board game similar to settlers of Catan. You should watch the explanatory video before and understand the rules. Then watch it again with your family and explain what is unclear to them.
  • is a deckbuilding card game. Have a look at the rules of the game to understand if that is something for your family.
  • Drawful 2 is a paid game that was recommended to me. The video looks good 😄
  • Curvefever is a Tron-like game.
  • Boardgame has many games in several languages.

I’m certain you know even more. Please share some ideas!


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It would be a bit late now, but exchanging presents is also possible if you’re remote. Just remember to send the packages early.

What do you do?

I hope I could help you a bit through this hard time. Please let me know if you have other ideas on how to make a remote celebration possible.

Stay healthy and merry Christmas! 🎄🎅



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Martin Thoma

Martin Thoma


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