Updated: Nov 16, 2020
In 2020 we are all re-imagining what it means to celebrate. Whether its Diwali, Hanukkah or Christmas, the pandemic has thrown traditional ideas of festive fun for six. It is easy to focus on what is lost rather than what is possible. How about surprising ourselves by taking a risk and doing something previously untried?
If ever there was a time for real connection over getting through another year together, surely it is 2020. Boosting morale by some means would be a godsend. Promoting well-being is a valuable end in itself. What is more, being able to demonstrate new ways of working to clients in a festive format has got to be worthwhile. There are ways to do this in the virtual world.
The challenge is to be resilient and adaptable; to re-present and “re-frame” the party season and to deliver something meaningful in a totally new way. Lock-down is likely; at best we might be back in “rule of six” territory. To bring people together our festive fun is going to be virtual.
And let’s face it, this will not be a time for spending huge amounts. Happily, working virtually is cost-effective and sustainable, so you feel good and your money will go further.
How do you do creative celebrations online? One thing to do is to ditch your usual expectations of virtual working. After the scramble to get online, many businesses are still in “coping” mode and are barely scratching the surface of the functionality of the platforms they are using. Do not make the mistake of thinking that the best you can hope for is a Zoom quiz.
Remember that you do not have to do just one thing. You can offer a range of activities and opportunities. What people crave is meaningful connection. With a little planning and structure,you can still bring people together.
Co-creation works beautifully online. With some expert facilitation you can get people moving, singing, drawing, writing, creating collages and many other things which are enjoyable, support well-being, and create connection. More boisterous options are available; if virtual escape rooms or online drumming sound appealing, for example. The key is to share experiences. Its lovely to create something lasting together too.
Clients and colleagues are going to remember how they were treated during the pandemic for a long time. It is cost effective and straight forward to demonstrate some real care for people at a special time of year. Some planning, creativity and thoughtfulness will go a long way. Seasonal festivities give us permission to let down our hair and show a little more of who we really are, and we may just surprise ourselves by enjoying doing something new.