I pray that you all had a Merry Christmas and I wish you the best in the New Year. Christmas 2020 looked different for many families as CO-Vid 19 remains in our everyday lives and has taken so many loved ones from families this year. It seems that I am hearing of so many people testing positive in just the past few weeks. It is sad that many families are not able to be with their loved ones when they are passing from this world to their forever home.
Many family members have not seen parents, grandparents, and other relatives that are either in a nursing home or hospital struggling with the loneliness that we have all struggled with as part of the quarantine to keep ourselves safe and healthy. Many families did not get together in traditional form for the holidays due to the spike in cases recently. It makes for a very different or sad, in some cases, holiday season. Many adult children work in fields that are considered high risk positions, especially to their elderly parents. Many adults realize that this virus has taken so much from families and could take more if not contained in some way.
Politics and the virus as well as many other political issues have caused stress on families this year as well and at a time, we need each other the most, it seems that many are growing farther apart. Due to being scared of the virus, not believing it is as bad as others due, or feeling the effects of an election that will certainly go down in history as a real political nightmare, families are being divided and we need to realize that none of these things matter. What matters is that we love one another and we find a different way to connect with others.
Many elderly parents or relatives do not use computers or cell phones so a quick Zoom meeting or other form of communication is not a possibility. It is sad that our lives have come to these types of communication, but they have. We must find a way to eliminate some of the fear and loneliness that they are feeling. Maybe a card, a call, a window visit, or some other creative way, but we must do it. Keep the holiday spirit alive and show your love to those that are at a very vulnerable time in their lives!
Christmas 2020 may be different but let's make it magical in some new form or fashion!!