How Do We Celebrate?

How do we celebrate the holidays in the midst of COVID? They’re coming whether you want them or not, and from our Thanksgiving experience, we know they’re going to be different. We’re only a few weeks from Hanukkah, and only a month away from Christmas, although the radio stations think it’s Christmas Day.   

No matter what holiday you’re celebrating, it’s going to be different this year thanks to COVID-19. Maybe you, like me, are used to a big Thanksgiving dinner with family. I know that I look forward to the turkey and stuffing. This year, we planned a “drive through” Thanksgiving because of the winter weather and because of COVID. My grandparents and my family pulled up our cars so the windows lined up, six feet apart, and then rolled down the windows. We also helped them decorate their house for Christmas. It was definitely not ideal, but I was happy to celebrate with them anyway. 

Although it feels so limited, there are a few ways to get into the holiday spirit. Here are some ideas: 

  1. It is critical that you see family. Go for a walk, have a family facetime/zoom, a call, do the drive through, an outdoor dinner, etc. 
  2. Don’t forget the presents! Doing something thoughtful for someone can make the holidays feel real. (I know I have a wish list, too) 
  3. Decorate! Even if you aren’t a decorator, get in the spirit by setting up the trees, lights, menorahs, whatever floats your boat. Go overboard!
  4. Watch holiday movies with the family. If you want to watch with friends or non-household family, you can use Netflix Party, if you have it. 
  5. Last, but definitely not least, there are local events still happening. Look on the Marblehead Reporter website to see some holiday ideas. In town, the Gingerbread House Contest is going virtual, so take a look. https://www.wickedlocal.com/story/bulletin-tab/2020/11/18/holiday-lights-helpers-and-more-whole-family/6309026002/  

So sit back, relax, and enjoy. In the midst of this crazy year, it is hard to remember the feeling of joy and love. Take some time to be with the family, be thankful, and make memories you will always remember. Happy Holidays!  

Ila Bumagin

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