When I first heard the words coronavirus and COVID-19 last winter, I couldn’t have imagined what was coming. Even when it hit closer to home, and we were personally affected by shut-downs and social distancing, I never dreamed we’d still be deep in the middle of a pandemic during the holidays.
I’ve spent some time mourning what I can’t do this Christmas.
I can’t make cookies with my grandchildren.
I can’t go to the Christmas play at Desert Star Theater.
I can’t go out to breakfast with my work team or out to dinner with the executive committee.
I can’t carry on my mother’s tradition of a large, chaotic Christmas Eve party with my extended family.
I can’t host our traditional Christmas day open house.
Boo to all of that!
Now it’s time to celebrate what I can do this Christmas.
I can listen to Christmas music.
I can enjoy the Christmas tree (thank you Larry).
I can watch It’s a Wonderful Life.
I can savor peppermint treats of all kinds.
I can get my holiday nails done—fingers and toes.
I can shop for Christmas gifts online.
I can make my traditional charitable donations.
I can make cookies by myself and safely share them with my family.
I can have socially responsible visits with my children and grandchildren on Christmas day.
I can spread goodwill.
- How are you celebrating COVID Christmas?
- Do you have a favorite Christmas song?
- Do you have a favorite Christmas movie?
- What else is on your mind? Anything at all; I just love hearing from you.
Christie is an author and professional communicator who blogs about life transitions, wellness, mindfulness, and anything else that answers the question “So what? Now what?”