Instead of traveling over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s house this season, virtually connect with your friends and family near and far. From happy hour to traditional holiday board games, gather in front of your screen to spend quality time with help from these ideas — we at Shea Homes® have rounded up some creative suggestions to help you celebrate during this unprecedented year.

Host A Gift Exchange
Spread cheer by compiling gifts into a fun box you can mail to your loved ones. This year, consider purchasing gifts for everyone on your list from your favorite local retailers — your friends and family will love their hand-selected and one-of-a-kind presents from businesses near your Shea home at Stepping Stone. Whether you continue your Secret Santa tradition by drawing names or you give a gift to all your favorite people, they’ll be thrilled to open your thoughtful presents during the holidays. Show off your gift wrapping skills by selecting pretty paper and beautiful bows that reflect the magic of the holiday season. Once everyone receives their packages, hop on Zoom or FaceTime to open your gifts together!

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Virtual Gift Exchange

Play A Game
Gather in a gorgeous great room to play your favorite games. At Solstice near Littleton, Colorado, you’ll find generous living spaces that are perfect for lively game nights. With optional features like a cozy fireplace, your immediate family will enjoy coming together and connecting with those far away. Host a word game designed to be played virtually such as Heads Up, or challenge each other to a classic family board game that everyone has on their shelf. Spend time online catching up and connecting with those closest to you while you keep score and vie for bragging rights as the champion.

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Virtual Game Night

Watch A Movie
With dozens of holiday-themed movies, television shows, and specials airing throughout December, grab a plate of freshly-baked cookies and settle in for a marathon of your favorites. The Woodlands at Whispering Pines — located in Southeast Aurora — offers creative and inviting floorplans to help you make the most of your family traditions. With streaming services like Teleparty and Prime Video Party, all of your loved ones can tune into the televised event of your choice and watch simultaneously — remember to use the chat box to stay connected and discuss what you’re watching in real-time. The only hard part will be deciding whether to watch a holiday baking show or a Christmas classic!

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Holiday Movie Night

Have a Holiday Happy Hour
Need a little kick in your evening tea? Spice things up by adding a splash of bourbon and a cinnamon stick. Until it’s safe to meet up for cocktails, take time to find simple and delicious recipes that everyone will love at home. While virtual happy hours are having a moment, remember that you can whip up tasty treats with or without alcohol — invite the kiddos to join in the mixology merriment in a unique kitchen from Shea Homes. Although the weather outside may be frightful, break out the blender and sip a frozen cocktail like a cranberry margarita that’s sure to delight your palate. Spacious countertops and designer finishes provide plenty of room to craft your cocktails with friends and family.

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Holiday Happy Hour

Create Wintry Crafts
Although your crafty friends and family members may be far away, you can still feel connected by working on seasonal projects together. At The Canyons in Castle Pines, sprawling kitchen islands, lovely dining areas, and private studies make it easy to curl up and craft the night away. Construct fun and festive items like candy cane wreaths or personalized stockings. Fire up your video chat, pour another cup of cocoa, and enjoy quality time with those who share your love of DIY. With ample storage throughout your home at The Canyons, it’s simple to stow everything from boxes of glitter to your sewing machine.

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Holiday Crafts

While we may be changing the way we celebrate the holidays this year, be sure to come together virtually to continue your favorite traditions. Your beautiful new residence in a Shea Homes community surrounds you in livable luxury while you connect with your loved ones over game nights and gift exchanges. Give yourself the best gift ever by contacting us to discuss available options and find your new home.

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