In this holiday season, it feels like emotions are especially high this year. Questions are being posed. Do we gather as a family as we have in the past? Do we fly or do we drive? Do we invite all the cousins and extended family as in years past, or do we break with tradition for 2020? Will others honor your feelings and requests, or will you feel pressured to do what others expect?
I would ask that this year we let go of any expectations that we have and honor the feelings and wishes of those we love. Covid has disrupted our lives in 2020 and will certainly be hovering over holiday plans. Each part of the country is affected differently, and each person feels different. Let’s not let it disrupt our holiday plans more than needed. Talk to family members to see how they are feeling. What would make them comfortable as we gather together? And if they are not comfortable getting together this year, that’s OK too. Let’s embrace the reason for the season and celebrate in a way that brings joy to all.
Something to Think About
If someone decides to not gather with friends and family members this year, that decision is harder for them than it is you.
Take some time this week to reach out to those you might not be able to see this holiday season. Wish them a safe and joyous holiday season.
Words of Wisdom
The Joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others’ burdens, easing each other’s loads, and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of the holidays. – W. C. Jones
My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that? – Bob Hope
Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. – Calvin Coolidge
Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it ‘white’. – Bing Crosby
No man is a failure who has friends. — Clarence, the Angel – It’s a Wonderful Life