Holidays are a source of celebration for many, but this year due to the pandemic, we may struggle due to having to social distance and be separated from family members .
So how do you celebrate a Covid Christmas? Instead of focusing on who you can’t see for the holidays, think about who is already there with you. Celebrate the people that you see every day in your life. People often focus on who they miss or haven’t seen, yet the people that we take for granted need to feel valued and appreciated. If they were not in our lives, we would miss them too.
During this Covid Christmas, instead of focusing on loss, which you may have in the areas of jobs or career, loss of income, or lack of social interactions with friends and family connections, focus on what and who you currently have in your life. If you are in a relationship, celebrate that special person. Celebrate your kids, your friends, your cat, dog or other pet. Even if you find yourself alone, celebrate those who make a difference in your life and make plans to make new friends in the new year.
This Christmas will most likely be different for many of us, but it doesn’t have to be bad. Do something new this year to celebrate your life or even to celebrate the end of a difficult year, and remember that we are all truly going through this together, but in different ways.
This year start a new holiday tradition. It can be something simple such as making handmade Christmas ornaments, sharing stories with family members in person or via zoom, or taking a holiday hike through the forest or city streets. It doesn’t matter what you do, but make it something special that you enjoy.
Life has been a challenge, but through the adversities and loss, there are also blessings and gains. Take the time to acknowledge them and to celebrate them.
Happy Christmas everyone!