How can we have Christmas in a
world that is so weird?
The answer is that we don’t have any other choice, do we?
Should we stop showing our family and loved ones that we care about them, just because of a pandemic?
Should we give up our hope and our joy, just because we are locked in our own homes?
What if we’ve lost our livelihoods (I have), or lost family members, or if we think that the whole political system is out to drive us crazy? Is that reason enough to lose our optimism, and our holiday cheer?
Should we become modern day Scrooges and start fighting against everything that the holidays have meant to us all these years, just because we have to visit with our families via Zoom or whatever platform we are currently using?
Do you, perhaps, feel like striking a blow against the commercialism of Christmas by just not buying one more present online?
Or…could we all take a moment and be like Cindy Lou Who and be grateful for what we have-and share that gratitude with our family and friends?
I choose to act like I live in Whoville. Bring on the carols, the stories, and as many holiday movies as I can stand.
Start new traditions this year: for instance, we should celebrate the holidays with every single long-distance relative via the internet from now on! Why should anyone miss out, just because they live in another city or state?
Read T'was the Night Before Christmas, or How the Grinch Stole Christmas this year and every year from then on-trust me, it’s worth it.
Or maybe make a gingerbread house or some other kind of craft with your kids. Just do it all, and repeat it again next year. That’s how traditions are made.
Make this year special, by actually being present to experience it.
Merry Christmas to you all, and know how much I appreciate you in my life.