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How to create magical moments for the 2020 holiday season

Until now, the holiday season has been synonymous with family dinners, parties with friends, gift exchanges and big parties. But like all Quebecers, you have to get used to the idea that the celebrations of 2020 will be different. 

The year that is coming to an end has been very stressful for health care professionals like you. What better way to cheer you up than to share some pleasant moments with your loved ones?

So, even if your family, friends and relatives aren’t all around the table with you, or if you have to work during the holidays, you can still create pleasant and magical moments for yourself. Here are our suggestions.


Shop and ship gifts early, for virtual unwrapping…

By now, you should have bought and shipped all your gifts. If not, hurry up and find the right Christmas gift for each of your loved ones. 

On Christmas Eve, if you don’t have everyone gathered around the tree to unwrap them, organise a remote unwrapping. Virtual meeting platforms have exploded and are now part of our daily lives. Whether it’s Zoom, Face Time or Google Meet, several solutions are at your disposal. 


Revisit the family history through photos

What a pleasure it is to look back at the family history and realise how much the children have grown! To look at photos of this cousin you haven’t seen for several years, or those of you and your partner at the beginning of your relationship; when he sang “T’es belle” by Jean-Pierre Ferland every day or shaved twice before a date with you… Some images will make you shed a little tear; others will make you laugh out loud. In any case, these will be magical moments for you and your loved ones.


Immortalize this holiday season  

We all hope that this is the only Christmas and New Year in our lives that will be celebrated in such a special context; that the current situation is only a stage in our lives and will soon be behind us. This is why we should think about immortalizing this festive season in 2020. It is an opportunity to create wonderful memories that, in a few years, will feed many stories around the table and in gatherings with friends.


Cooking holiday meals with children

Preparing a meal with the family during the holiday season encourages complicity and lively discussions. It is also an opportunity to tell “SPECIAL” holiday jokes while listening to Christmas songs that we love so much.

Holiday recipes are often a family heirloom. It’s a great idea to involve children so that the recipe can be passed down from generation to generation. Whether it’s a Quebec (tourtière), French (foie gras), Senegalese (Thieboudienne), or Haitian (whole jerk fish) meal, it will be magical to see your little ones get their hands on it.

Why not plan a Zoom call with the rest of the family to cook at the same time? You’ll be able to chat, and even have dinner as if you were in the same room.

The current context has led us to discover new ways of seeing each other while being separated. And this habit will remain even when the coronavirus will be behind us.


Playing board games

There’s nothing like a good holiday game to set the mood in the evening. Just because there aren’t many of you doesn’t mean the party has to be boring. Even if there are only 10 of you at home, games will help get the party going. 

You may find out that your spouse is a sore loser (even though he or she may not want to admit it), or that your little one is very competitive and can win a game hands down against the adults.

The experts at Protégez-Vous have made a top 5 list of the best board games released in 2020. You are certainly going to have a great time.


Dekalko: it’s all about transferring the photo you received as quickly as possible to score the most points. Even if you don’t have great drawing skills, you’ll have fun.

  • Drawing game
  • From 3 to 6 players
  • 8 years and over
  • About 30 minutes
  • $30


Le Renard des Bois – Duo: it is a cooperative fold game with restricted communication. Players work together to find gems along a forest trail. This game will let you know if you and your partner can understand each other without talking to each other.

  • Cooperative card game
  • 2 players
  • 10 years and over
  • About 30 minutes
  • $22


Nidavellir: this is a collecting game. The players are warlords mandated by the king to face the dragon that threatens the kingdom. Are you a good recruiter? You’ll find out.

  • Collecting game
  • 2 to 5 players
  • 12 years and older
  • About 45 minutes
  • $45


Yokai: it’s a cooperative memory game. Players work together to calm Japanese minds. This is not the time for your memory to play tricks on you because you will really need it.

  • Cooperative memory game
  • 2 to 4 players
  • 8 years and over
  • About 30 minutes
  • $18

Of course, there is the indispensable Totem – The Feel Good Game: it’s a personal development game. It allows you to discover your strengths and qualities through the eyes of others. Imagine your family and friends together, telling you what they like about you. There’s nothing sweeter to the ear.

  • Personal development game
  • 3 to 8 players
  • 8 years and over
  • 15 to 60 minutes
  • $25

For the youngest, here is a selection from HuffPost Quebec:

Zombie Kidz Evolution: it’s a cooperative and evolving game. The goal is to block and hunt zombies. Your child will no longer be afraid of zombies.

  • Cooperative game
  • 2 to 4 players
  • 7 years and over
  • About 15 minutes
  • $25 


Monster hunters: it is a cooperative memory game. The aim is to find the right toy to hunt monsters. You will discover how willing your child is to fight to avoid sleeping on a bed surrounded by monsters.

  • Cooperative memory game
  • 1 to 6 players
  • 3 years and more
  • About 10 minutes
  • $25 


Piou Piou: it’s a card game. The aim is to prevent the fox from stealing the eggs before they have hatched. This game will make both young and old laugh.

  • Strategy game 
  • 2 to 5 players
  • 5 years and over
  • About 10 minutes
  • $15 


In short, the 2020 holiday season will be a little (much) different from what you are accustomed to. But that’s no reason to forgo the celebrations. It will simply be necessary to adapt them to the context of social distancing that we are experiencing at the moment, to ensure we spread happiness and not COVID.

Who knows? Maybe you’ll discover new tips to celebrate during the holidays! 

One thing is certain, this holiday season will be unforgettable. Share these moments on our Facebook page!