living trust attorney torranceAs COVID-19 cases surge throughout the country and many experts predict this may increase during the coming cold and flu season, the final two holiday months of 2020 look to be very different than what we are accustomed to enjoying.

In an effort to avoid contributing to the surge of cases, many people have opted against typical holiday traveling and gatherings. However, the pandemic doesn't have to dampen your holiday plans entirely.  Here are some ideas to help you make the holidays a bit more fun and joyous.
  • Get together on Zoom. In true 2020 fashion, consider hosting a virtual gathering over Zoom.  Even in a normal year, there often are family members who are usually unable to attend a family gathering, because of where they live or other obligations they have, and this may be a great way to actually get more people together (with less mess to clean up!). You can even have food delivered to everyone and share a meal together while on Zoom!  (Here are some games that can be played with the family over Zoom)
  • If you plan to get together in person, check out this guidance from the CDC about holiday travel and gatherings. According to the CDC, individuals over the age of 85 and any individuals with certain pre-existing medical conditions are considered at increased risk should they contract COVID-19.  Only you can assess for yourself if you are a part of the group of people deemed to be at higher or increased risk.  It is advisable that you take extra precautions to avoid being in contact with individuals outside of your home who may unknowingly expose you and get you sick. 
  • Consider a great cause to give back to. Bring your family together to donate towards a great cause—whatever you may agree upon.  Some families send food or other necessities to another family in need, or you may consider giving to a local food bank in your community, or even find a local toy drive for kids. 
Whatever you decide to do, the important thing is to take care of yourself and do what's best for you and your loved ones.  While the holidays may look different this year, they don't have to be devoid of fun or quality time spent together with others.

Wishing you and your loved ones a joyous holiday season as we head into the final days of 2020! 
Philip J. Kavesh
Nationally recognized attorney helping clients with customized estate planning guidance for over 40 years.
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