Is it too early to say that?
I don’t know about you but there is something about having to get cozy and warm and hibernate for the winter that excites me. The feeling of wanting to eat home-cooked meals with family and friends actually puts me in the mood for the winter months that we’re about to endure.
As we prepare to enter into a pandemic Christmas, I am mindful of those who won’t be celebrating as much this year. So many have suffered loss and will not see the same smiling faces around the Christmas table that they are accustomed to seeing every year.
For others, what was already a lonely and depressing time of year, is even more so with the quarantine and social-distancing restrictions. As I mentioned in my November letter, it’s important that we stay close to our friends and family by Zoom or phone call, drive-bys or some form of messenger at the very least, to let them know that you’re thinking about them and that they’re not alone.
Let’s also talk about the practice of giving gifts for Christmas. I think we can all agree that this year has been very different from other years and perhaps we can continue with this theme of ‘change’ and do something different for Christmas 2020.
First of all, a lot of us lost jobs due to the pandemic, so there is no need to push ourselves to buy gifts for family and friends if you are struggling. If you’re reading this, you have my permission to say ‘no’. Your true friends and family will understand and anyone who doesn’t may only be connected to you for what they can get from you, or they are small minded to say the least. Sorry to break it to you like this, but it’s a harsh truth.
Secondly, if you have been blessed enough to keep working and making money, I want to encourage you to consider a family or families that could use some help and consider gifting them a care package and/or a few gifts for their kids (if any). The idea is to think outside yourself and your needs and consider those who have less and who are truly suffering during this time.
One of the things that I loved about the pandemic combined with the Black Lives Matter movement is seeing the outpouring of love and support for our fellow humans. If there has ever been a time where we need to express that 10-fold, now is that time.
In closing, despite our circumstances and what we’re going through as a global village, I pray that we continue to hold strong until such time as we discover a vaccine or this virus just goes away (a la SARS). I know it’s tough, I know we’re tired and worried, but at the end of the day, we’ve gotten through pandemics before and it’s only a matter of time before we can claim the victory over COVID-19 as well.
All the best for the holiday season!