Celebrating Mother’s Day has new challenges this year. Whether we are keeping a distance from our mothers to keep them healthy, or we have to rethink our usual celebratory brunches, this year will definitely be different. But mothers, grandmothers, sisters and friends still deserve to be celebrated! Here are some creative ways to show gratitude to our loved ones.
Celebrating Mother’s Day from Afar
Whether or not our mothers live down the street or a plane ride away, many of us might not be able to see our mom in person and hug her. Here are some different ways to share some love.
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Send Gifts Right to Her Door
If you enjoy giving gifts on Mother’s Day, send a gift right to her door. When it’s time to open it, use FaceTime or Zoom (video conferencing) to watch her open the gifts.
Have a Virtual Brunch
If you usually celebrate mom with a delicious brunch and mimosas, it can still happen virtually! Zoom, FaceTime and other video call software make it easy for us to connect with each other while we keep a distance. Share a meal virtually, whether it’s breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.
Host a Movie Watch Party
If your mom loves watching movies, you can watch together virtually! Use Netflix Party or click play on a movie at the same time while staying connected over the phone or via text. After the movie is over, challenge your mom to summarize the movie in five words.
Have a Car Parade
Make Mother’s Day special for moms stuck at home by having a car parade for them. Gather everyone who might want to appreciate your mother, grandmother, aunts or friends and drive by their homes while honking and cheering.
Celebrating Mother’s Day with Children
Usually, our younger kids might depend on teachers to put together gifts and cards for Mother’s Day. This year, while kids are at home, our kids may want to come up with new ways to show their appreciation.
Break Out the Arts and Crafts
Have your kids help you send messages of love to the other moms in their lives—aunts, grandmothers or god-mothers. If these loved ones live close by, you can do door-deliveries of your special art creation.
Host a Tea Party with Grandma
Make Grandma feel special by having a video call tea party. If you have younger kids at home who enjoy playing dress-up and having pretend tea with their favorite stuffed toys, invite Grandma to join in! Share some snacks and laughs, and maybe Grandma can read a story to the kids.
Put Together a Talent Show for Family
Share with your kids how proud you are of their talents. Invite them to share their talents virtually with family. Kids of all ages can participate by dancing, playing an instrument or reading a poem. Inviting extended family to join in could increase the fun.