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Holiday Traditions 2020 Style by Lisa O’Gorman, CEC

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is here and Christmas is right around the corner. During the last few weeks, I have been commenting to myself as I pull each page from my little daily message calendar “wow there are so few pages left! Getting to the end of another year!!” The light of each day is shorter and so is my calendar. Which means its “HOLIDAY TIME”!! But just what does that mean during a pandemic? I miss spending time with my friends and family so much that it hurts. But it is out of true love for all of them that I wear a mask, wash my hands constantly and keep my distance. I was talking to a friend of mine who recently loss her husband to cancer. She said that in his honor, she was keeping busy buy letting the people who really mattered to her know how much they meant to her. That really touched me. During these unprecedented times I know for myself that it is really easy to feel disconnected from people who mean a lot to me. This year’s holiday traditions are being creatively rewritten and played out.

Letting someone know how much you care about them can be a handwritten note saying how you feel, a call, bringing them a plant or their favorite tea, coffee or food. Anything you think they would enjoy and that connects them to you.

Yes, I am really sad to not see my family and friends to celebrate and share the joy of the season but there still room for something positive to come out of this year’s holidays. My wish is that with the simplification of celebrations and festivities, we will be brought back to the real meaning of whatever holiday it is that you celebrate! Each year the marketing and commercialism of the holidays becomes greater casting a large shadow over what the true meaning of the holiday was in the first place. It has been a very challenging year for me even before the pandemic, however, I still have many things that I am eternally grateful for. I like to reflect and remind myself daily with a gratitude journal. Hopefully, with the reduction of the holiday hustle and bustle, we will all have time to pause, count our blessings and reflect on what we have and are grateful for. Yes, this has been a really tough year for all of us, but as the saying goes “what we focus on grows”. I’m choosing to focus on all that I have and am grateful for and I hope will choose to do the same.

Wishing you health, happiness and Joy, NO MATTER WHAT!!! Enjoy your holidays and keep the love flowing!


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