If there’s one thing that recent times have taught us, it’s we’re better when we’re together. If you’re not able to meet with family and friends in safe bubbles, we’ve come up with some creative ways you can stay in touch and have fun with those near and far.

Write a letter or postcard

If your kids are missing their grandparents, chances are granny and grandad are missing the little ones too. If you’re not able to visit them from a safe distance, and if you don’t have the technology to see each other over a screen, why not get creative with a lovely Christmas card? Pull out the arts and crafts box and get the kids to create something the grandparents will cherish. You could also encourage the kids to write them a letter, including the things they’ve been getting up to throughout lockdown.

Tip: include a recent picture of the kids along with your card or letter

Family charades and zoom quizzes

If you’re a big family with kids of all ages, you’ve probably never seen so much of each other in your lives, but with things being so chaotic, it might seem like you’re not spending quality time together. One way to bring you all together as a family is a family charades night. Choose a night where you’re all free and pick a film, TV programme or book that all the family will be able to guess at.

You can even play charades over zoom with your friends and family, just pick a time that suits everyone and get playing! And you can never get bored of a lockdown quiz. To make it even more fun, why not make it a themed quiz? How about going for decades and theme the questions around the 60s, 70s or 80s? You can even get the participants to dress up too!


Story time with the kids

If we can’t see our nieces and nephews or grandkids, this doesn’t mean they can’t hear our voices. Why not arrange a story time evening so you can read them a bedtime story? Make it a Christmas-themed story to get them excited for the festive season (not that they’ll need any encouragement!) There are loads of free video chat options to choose from. They’ll love hearing a familiar voice and it’s a great way to keep the kids entertained – and give the parents a break!

Tip: a simple phone call will work perfect if you haven’t got access to video chat or face time.

Virtual date night

If you can’t see your partner at the moment, date nights don’t have to be a thing of the past. Get creative with a virtual date for you and your other half! Set up the camera or laptop and set yourselves the challenge of cooking up the same dish. You can then sit down ‘together’ and enjoy a bottle of your favourite tipple.

Tip: Light a candle to set the ambience

Virtual spa and pamper night

If you and your friends are into your pamper nights then there’s nothing stopping you having a virtual one. Have a natter over a foot spa, share make-up tips or simply chat with a good face mask to help you relax and unwind after a long day at work or keeping the kids entertained.

There are so many ways to stay together during the festive season. If it’s fitness you’re into and you’re used to working out with a friend, there’s nothing stopping you both heading out on a run separately, connecting your headphones to your mobile and having a chat whilst getting your steps in – it’s a great way to stay in touch with long distance friends.

We’d love to see the ways you’ve been staying connected, so don’t forget to share them with us over on our social channels and tag #lovewilko

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