​The holiday season is upon us again. For many, celebrations will be much different than years past. But different doesn’t have to mean boring! Here are some creative ways to make your holidays special in 2020.

A new spin on old traditions: While many of our favorite holiday extravaganzas are cancelled this year, communities are getting inventive in how they reimagine them. For example, Christkindlmarket is virtual this year and Morton Arboretum’s famous Illumination light show will be a drive through spectacle. Our favorite holiday event, the Geneva Christmas Walk, is now Christmas Walk Weekends; each weekend packed with festivities for the entire family. Check out the complete schedule here.

Got crafty kids? Get into the holiday spirit while raising someone’s spirits! Use that artistic talent to make holiday cards and decorations for nursing homes in your area. (Call first to ensure they can accept them.) Many of these care facilities have had to drastically limit visitors this year, so the residents (and health care workers) could use a festive holiday boost!

Give if you can: More folks than ever will need help this year putting a holiday meal on the table or gifts under the tree. Partner with The Salvation Army or Batavia United Way to help local families. Or donate to The Northern Illinois Food Bank or to the food pantry in your community. These days, every little bit helps. 

Support local: Local businesses need your support now more than ever. Many offer online shopping and curbside pickup options. Gift cards always make a great gift as well. And you just might introduce a family member or friend to a new boutique or restaurant they’ve never tried before!