Life in 2020 looked so different than usual, including the holidays. We’ve pared down celebrations, cancelled traditional events, and stayed in more (at least, I hope you have). The Christmas season is one that’s usually so much fun because it’s a time to come together.
But even if we do Christmas differently this year, it’s still special. My immediate family has “quarantined” together. I’ve found the things we’ve done together are more special as a result. It’s like the pandemic forced us to appreciate the time we can spend together, and the things we can do safely.
My dad helping me on Thanksgiving evening to put up outdoor Christmas lights. Driving around locally to see my neighbor’s holiday displays. Baking cookies with my parents and brother. Sipping hot chocolate and listening to festive music while wrapping presents.
And even though we won’t visit a crowded church on Christmas eve, we’ll still celebrate the birth of Christ. We’ll still celebrate my niece’s first Christmas. We’ll still open presents together. And we’ll enjoy a grand meal and yummy treats.
Yes, I miss my extended family. Yes, gifts for family and friends are going to arrive late. Yes, I missed being out and about to see the familiar hustle and bustle.
But Christmas is still special. We just have to change our perspective a little to see it.