Christmas is almost here. My children have been counting down since November. Christmas is exciting, it brings a different energy to the community, and I myself enjoy the holiday music. Every year when my husband asked me what I want for Christmas this year and I often have trouble deciding what I want because what I value is not something you can buy. When I was a child, I was so excited for Christmas, though we did not have much money, I knew that we would have delicious food to eat. My mom would make a big meal, homemade cake, and as we sat around eating dinner, I felt happy just being with my family.
My childhood really taught me to appreciate things that you could not put a price on. Memories, quality time, delicious homemade food, being around people who you love, my husband and my children are enough.
I love gifts, trips, and nice things, but they are not the same when I do not have someone to share it with. I love decorating, making the food, the complete experience that Christmas brings, and the presents are the cherry on the top. Covid-19 may make the holidays a little different this year but it will not take away our Christmas. I am choosing to enjoy our holiday and not worry about what we may be experiencing temporarily. This is what we are experiencing now and it will not be what we will experience for a life time.
Some of my friends and family are not able to experience Christmas like they want to. Some cannot travel due to COVID-19 or they are high risk and are afraid they will get sick. I encouraged them to get creative with ways to spend time with their love ones. This past September my husband family did a family reunion via ZOOM and it was so fun. We played games watched a presentation about his family history, and chatted online. It felt like we were all in the same room. If COVID-19 will be different for you, think of some ways you can still do the things that you enjoy when you are with your family. Host a group ZOOM with your family or friends and watch a movie, prepare dinner virtually together, play games, get creative, this season is for joy and not sorrow.
If you are lonely on Christmas and do not have a family or friends, there are also things that you can do with yourself. Make your favorite meal, buy yourself a gift from Santa, listen to your favorite Christmas music, and kick your feet up and relax. If you want to be around people on Christmas day my friend Laila Al-Alwan is hosting a free virtual event on Christmas. Click here to register for the free event.
This Christmas still be fun, get creative, fill your heart with joy, and celebrate, this year had many hidden blessings and I know that it has not been the best for some, just focus on how good the rest of the year can be by finding ways to make celebrating a part of your everyday life. Life has ups and downs, it never stays down for long, you will get through this and you will come out on top.
Enjoy this week and do something that lifts your soul.
Happy Holidays from My Family to Yours