- We are coming to terms that the holidays just won’t look the same this year
- What can we do to make the most of this unusual holiday season?
- Below are a few ideas to help spark the joy of the season and find solace among those you love
Now that it's December, I'm beginning to process the fact that the year of 2020 is coming to a close. Yet this also tells me the holiday season is among us.
We are coming to terms that the holidays just won’t look the same this year. COVID-19 has yet to be put to rest, so what can we do to make the most of this unusual holiday season?
Families may be apart, loved ones quarantining if they are essential workers. In addition to the usual stress that can be present during the holidays, we are all trying to navigate how to make the most of this time.
Spending some effort in establishing new traditions might be a light-hearted and grounded way to uplift spirits. Perhaps this is a moment to establish new traditions that will not only add to the history mark of what we are living through, but also ground us into the deeper meaning behind the holidays.
Below are a few ideas to help spark the joy of the season and find solace among those you love:
- Plan a weekly holiday movie night. One of my favorite memories growing up was gathering as a family to tune into ABC’s 25 days of Christmas programming. There was a different holiday movie on every night, and we would try to catch our favorites with a bowl of popcorn and our fuzzy socks on. I do not have cable, so I’ve resorted to mixing new and classic holiday films from Disney+, Netflix and Amazon Video to recreate this little tradition, which is building good cheer during this time of quarantining.
- Find new games to play with family and friends. The holidays are about gathering together, sharing joy and creating new memories. While the weight of all that has happened during 2020 is hard to carry, building in little moments of laughter among loved ones can help us process and connect to gratitude. Games are a big part of my family gatherings and always bring out the best kind of laughter from each one of us. Finding games to play, virtually or in person, will remind you to find the slimmer of light every day, especially when you can spark a belly laugh.
- Write letters and cards to loved ones. What may be most difficult for many people is the prospects of not seeing loved ones up close this year. Writing a letter or personalized card to those loved ones you may miss seeing in person could be a healing gesture. The practice of writing down feelings of admiration or appreciation for those we love can soothe the soul especially during dark and lonely times.