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How to Ring in The Holidays During a Pandemic


We all know it’s difficult to get into any kind of holiday spirit right now, especially since it feels like we should be in June right now. But alas, there’s snow on the ground and our weekly temperatures are shifting every 2-4 days, typical for Ohio. I have some ideas to get you in the mood to drink some hot cocoa and snuggle up on the couch watching holiday movies.

Hot Cocoa Bombs

Recently, hot cocoa bombs are flooding social media, and what better treat to get you in the holiday spirit than hot cocoa and peppermint? You can make your own, or buy from a local company. The other day, I Doordashed some cupcakes, where I found a local bakery who has cocoa bombs! They’re so cute, and you can buy them as singles or she has a gingerbread house gift pack. The owner’s company is a home bakery, so you’ll have to order for pickup or delivery. I personally recommend Doordash or UberEats. Look up Enticing Cakes in Akron/Cuyahoga Falls and be sure to follow them on Instagram @enticing.cakes.

Window Shopping

We may not all have that much money, but being around shops definitely puts me in the Christmas spirit. With social distancing, I suggest window shopping! You’ll be in the cold and wearing a mask, and if you stay outside, you’ll avoid the people in the stores! In Northeast Ohio, visit the city of Hudson for an excursion to an outdoor mall filled with small businesses. A personal favorite stop is a spice shop that sells loose tea leaves. The flavors are amazing! It’s called Heather’s Heat and Flavor.

Holiday Cringe Binge

This is another thing I’ve seen all over TikTok recently. Get comfy and watch a bunch of cringy holiday movies! Then once you’re ready for the holidays, watch the good movies. Especially my favorite holiday classic, The Grinch. Just search for holiday movies in your streaming service’s search bar or turn on Hallmark if you’re a friend of cable TV. Happy watching!

Online Shopping
Check Out Neighborhood Christmas Lights

This is the perfect activity with the pandemic for staying in your bubble, since you don’t even have to get out of your car. Be sure to put on some holiday music as you and ride around extravagantly lit neighborhoods. I bet you’d even be able to find a few houses that have their lights synced to a radio station. Decorating your own home is another classic holiday tradition unaffected by the pandemic. Decorating your space ensures you’re surrounded by the holiday vibes and have no way to escape it.

I am a junior Environmental Science and Anthropology double-major at The University of Akron. I love science, Starbucks, writing, and hanging out with my friends and my dogs. I also love music and am apart of The University of Akron’s marching band.
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