A Different Kind of Christmas

Tomorrow is Christmas Day, but things are quite different this year. Experts have discouraged households from intermingling during the holidays as temperatures have dropped and outdoor gatherings are more and more difficult. They also say that we are in the homestretch of this virus’s domination across the country, with vaccines currently being distributed. But that doesn’t mean we’re totally in the clear.

It’s important to practice guidelines offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which still include wearing a mask (and will for quite some time), social distancing and practicing regular hand-washing so that we can do our part to slow the spread of this second wave of the pandemic.

So, although Christmas feels different this year – and it is – remember: it’s temporary. We have much brighter days ahead in the recovery of this pandemic, but in the meantime, we’d like to offer you a reminder of hope during this special season:

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Harping on the things we can’t change will do more harm than good. It can cause us to experience depression and anxiety. But Christmas is a time to consider all that we are most grateful for. We may not be able to spend time with those we love, especially those who may be considered high-risk. But we will, again, experience the joys of the holiday. Putting the negative feelings to rest and developing a positive attitude toward all that we have endured will allow us to create a plan of action and move forward with optimism and hope.

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Optimism is incredibly powerful! Even if we’re spending time alone this Christmas, when this pandemic does finally lift, we will have so much to celebrate! Birthdays and holidays will give us reasons to gather and enjoy one another’s company for days on end. We know it can be difficult to look past that which is afflicting us, but viewing the situation through a positive lens can help us get through this last stretch of the pandemic daydreaming about a tomorrow that is full of hope.

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People can really let us down, but they can also offer exactly what we need. If you’re losing hope in humanity because of the events of 2020, we’re here to remind you that brighter days are ahead. Being confined to our four walls can remove us from the amazing contributions of the people around us, so it’s important to turn off the news and disconnect from social media in order to RECONNECT with those individuals that have made positive contributions in your life. Spend some time during this season of giving offering them a bit of gratitude for helping you to balance the bad with the good.

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Exciting times are ahead for our country. As we look forward to a new year, we are reminded that, though we faced some dark and troubling times, we are about to emerge into a world of change and enlightenment. 2020 shined a critical light on some of the most pressing topics to hit our country and that light has caused us to address social unrest, racial injustice and inequality in new and exciting ways. Though we mourn the loss of far too many black Americans, we remind you that we are on the cusp of something major. Get excited.