Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and Christmas isn’t far behind. Because of the pandemic, our usual holiday jollies may be a bit flat this year. That said, there’s no reason why we can’t make new holiday traditions.
In fact, it’s not a bad idea to do something different this year—just speaking for the Crankee Yankee and myself. Usually we go up to Maine to have Thanksgiving and Christmas with the grandgirls. This year we won’t be doing that, thanks to the pandemic. However, there’s no law saying that we can’t make new holiday traditions.
Since we have more time on our hands, we can get creative about the holidays. Just because we’ve done holidays the same way since the year one, we can make some changes. If we can’t travel to be with our loved ones, we can call them or get on line and zoom.
Just because we can’t be with our people, it doesn’t need to be the end of the world. In fact, distancing may even become a new holiday “thing.” Like everyone else, I am hoping for a vaccine that will stop the virus cold. But in the meantime, let’s use our creativity to make the holidays special this year. There will be a time when we all look back on these days and laugh and cry.
While my heart breaks for all the people who have died from the pandemic, I know that sooner than later, there will be a cure. For now, let’s be as hopeful as we can, as happy as we can, and as loving and kind as we can.