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Lincoln – For the first time in more than a century, Nebraskans will grapple with celebrating Thanksgiving and December holidays (including Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa) during a global pandemic. It's natural to want to gather in-person for the holidays – and realizing that might not be possible can be emotionally tough for adults and kids alike.
“This year's celebrations will certainly look different than those in years past, but with a little creativity, holiday celebrations can still be meaningful this year," said Sheri Dawson, director of the Division of Behavioral Health at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). “Consider using a video conference service such as Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime to carry out your traditions, like singing holiday songs, wrapping presents, baking cookies, or having a special dinner together virtually. And remember that this time won't last forever. Stay in the moment, but by supporting each other in new ways."
Steps to Help Provide Stability and Support to Children During the Holidays
Tips to Help Adults Deal With Emotions During the Holidays
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