This horrendous year is almost over. We’ve seen so much negativity and sadness this year, and there seems to be a level of exhaustion that our society has not seen for quite some time.
I know that Christmas still is the most wonderful day of the year for a lot of people. I used to feel this way, but as I’ve gotten older, it’s more about the real meaning of Christmas, much more so than the commercialization of the holiday. I enjoy seeing the happiness of others this time of year, but as I no longer have any of the traditions that I grew up with as a child, I just don’t get into the holiday spirit the way I used to.
That brings us to 2020 – a year in which COVID and social injustice were a part of all of our lives. Just this past weekend, I found out that five of my friends lost loved ones, with a few of these due to COVID. I have other friends who are seeing the impact of COVID on their families, as it’s impacted our abilities to be together during the holidays.
I had a very good friend ask me today how I was feeling about the holiday, as they were struggling….I told them that I feel like it’s a “duct tape” holiday, as a lot of us are just trying to hold it together. Im thankful for a lot of things this year (including our new floofy bundle of joy), but my heart hurts for all of the negativity that we’re seeing around us each and every day.
I hope that there is peace on Earth, and that we get back to good will towards each other. That would be a tremendous holiday gift. That’s another reason why a “duct tape holiday” could be a good thing….because we all need to stick together going forward.
Happy Holidays, everyone….here’s to a much better 2021.