How to Keep Your Virtual Holiday Gatherings Festive

As COVID-19 cases continue to spike well into 2020, holiday gatherings of all kinds are looking quite different this year. Many families are opting to keep their celebrations virtual and socially distanced in an effort to exercise caution and protect the health of their friends and loved ones.

In addition to stopping the spread of COVID-19, the pandemic has brought on countless job cuts and financial hardship across the country—adding another layer to a holiday season unlike any other, where extravagant gifts and parties just aren’t in the books for many families. While the holidays won’t be quite the same as years past given these circumstances, a fun and festive holiday gathering can still be had—no excessive spending necessary.

Perhaps this holiday season can serve as a reminder of what’s really important this time of year—the health and safety of our loved ones. And with the added stress of a tighter budget than usual this season, choosing to focus more on time spent virtually with family and friends and less on excessive spending could come as a breath of fresh air to many. If you’re worried your festivities will lack the luster you’re used to, don’t fret—all it takes is a bit of creativity and the help of some online tools to keep celebrations fun and festive as ever.

If you are gathering virtually this season, gather your family and friends on Zoom or your video conferencing platform of your choice and make it fun with these custom-made video conferencing backgrounds designed by Panda Security to add to to the celebration. Plus, print out some printable props that span across multiple holidays—from Kwanzaa and Hanukkah to Christmas and Boxing Day—to keep it fun for the little ones!


Keep your socially distanced Christmas fun with this custom Christmas zoom background for all of the family to enjoy. Santa is still spreading his Christmas cheer this year! Download the background.


There’s no reason to cut Hanukkah short, even if the eight day celebration looks a little different this year. Prep your latkes and plan your schedule with your virtual guests, and choose a day to show off this custom Hanukkah zoom background for all to enjoy. Download the background.

Boxing Day

While the typical tradition of countryside hunting and gatherings before and after the hunt can’t go on as usual this year, that doesn’t mean a celebration can’t still be had. Prepare some food and schedule a virtual gathering to connect with family and friends where you can show your Boxing Day spirit with this custom background. Download the background.


The Kwanzaa tradition is a nod to all things culture and community. What better way to pay homage to these values than committing to protecting the health of those you loved most through a virtual gathering? The sparkle of the seven day celebration of Kwanzaa doesn’t have to be lost this year, and this custom background can help you elevate your online gatherings. Download the background.

New Years Eve

Perhaps this New Years Eve will be the most exciting of them all, as we can all say goodbye to the whirlwind of a year that’s been 2020, and eagerly step into 2021. Pop the champagne and throw up this custom background and gather virtually with friends to reflect on the past year and get ready for a new one. Download the background.

Fun Printable Props

This year’s celebrations will certainly be unlike any other for kids, but there’s no reason it can’t be just as momentous and fun. Keep them entertained with these fun printable props they can use to show off in all of your virtual gatherings, no matter what holiday you’re celebrating. Download the background.

The festivities might look different this year, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be special. Capture the moment and treasure your online gatherings just as much as if you were gathering in person—and look forward to the upcoming New Year!

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