Holidays...All or Nothing
Holidays. All or nothing… in 2020
The 2020 American Holiday season. We were briefly introduced to the holiday changes on Halloween.
There was so much talk about whether or not we should let the kids trick or treat. Was it a risk for them? For us as parents? Would every house have a candy shoot…would the be required to.
It was a flash test for what was coming. For those of us beyond the trick or treating years, this was a mere blip. It didn’t really affect us. Our only concern was, do we turn on the lights this year or not.
Halloween was flash test for what was coming.
But now, here we are at the beginning of the BIG Holidays, beginning on Thursday with Thanksgiving, continuing through Christmas and then New years.
What will this look like? What can it look like?
The news is full of warnings. I just heard that for a Cowboys home game only 25,000 fans were in attendance and it became a super spreader event. I believe the roof was open and groups were placed far from the others. Less than 25% of capacity and still a spread. So now what? What is responsible? ….And do we just cash in the 2020 holiday season all together?
Do we CANCEL the holidays????
It is what the news media and the CDC seem to be selling.
On my calendar Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and all of the other holidays are still on my calendar between now and January tenth, two thousand and twenty.
Whether we choose to acknowledge them or not, these holidays still exist. These holidays from Thanksgiving to after New Years are part of our past. And IF WE CHOOSE… they are part of our present and our future.
These holidays from Thanksgiving to after New Years are part of our past. And IF WE CHOOSE… they are part of our present and our future.
Both groups act like we only have two options, all or nothing.
However, there are many ways to celebrate a holiday. We may not immediately see it. Most of us have been celebrating the same way for years.
When we look around though, to our friends and neighbors, it is then we see that everyone does not celebrate the same way.
All or Nothing…
The reason cancelling the holiday creates such drama, is that it assumes that holidays are an all or nothing ordeal. We either, …celebrate the way we have, with all of “these people”, at “this place” and in “this way”, OR we cannot celebrate. Black and white.
This is a well meaning trap.
Having not experienced or considered alternatives, we may think there IS only one way. This is well meaning trap. A preferred way of thinking our brains prefer to keep us safe from the unknown.
Our brains like it. When life is steady and predictable, our brains are happy. They do not have to work so hard. See “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg.
This practiced predictable way of working though, does not serve us in a time or a year like pandemic 2020.
This black and white thinking only leads us to fighting what is. There is no changing it, the facts are the facts. We may choose to argue, fight or even try to avoid it, but we will lose the argument with the circumstances…100% of the time.
What IF there is another options…on that does not try to change the circumstances. What can we do what options are there if we accept the pandemic and the limitiations it dictates?
We change the only thing we can control. We change is ourselves. I am sure you have heard the saying, all we can control is our response to it.
I learned the secret.
This was a curiosity and an impossibility to me for so many years, until I learned the secret. Until I learn, I could control what I thought was uncontrollable. No the circumstance by how I saw the circumstances.
In the past I would work to change the circumstances…what was going on or try to change the people. This rarely if…well it never worked. So, after a while, I gave up trying.
There it was again, that word ~ belief
What I did not know was that there was an option Zed and all those along the way. The way people control their responses to their circumstances was that they were able to do it because of options Zed. They believed they had another option, even multiple options and they were willing to pursue all of them.
There it is again, that word belief.
Belief and pursuit
Belief is what keeps us pursuing the celebration of the holiday with and around our family and friends even at a distance in a yard or through a screen. Belief that we can have a holiday celebration drives us. We take hold of a belief in option Zed.
…driven by a feeling of being “figureoutable”.
With this in mind the Celebration can and will happen…just as it has for hundreds of years. It may appear different but it will occur and can occur with joy and connection just as it appears on the calendar.
This belief in option Zed moves us into a place of curiosity. The active pursuit is driven by a feeling of being “figureaoutable”. Yes a made up word but still relevant, and understandable.
If you are feeling this holiday season is figureoutable, what then? What are the options and the possibilities ~ you can now see.
The battle of what we want, is generally hindered by our own minds, by what we believe. When we believe we can figure it out, and we tap into the energy to pursue it…we no longer cling to what and how it was, we create what can be.
Seek and be Inspired!!
Open up your mind and see what others have done already to overcome the challenges of pandemic 2020 and be inspired. Look how these people have overcome.
People all over the world are getting creative, solving their own challenges, choosing to live in the midst of this and coming together to support their community. People help people, ourselves and others.
It is in coming to the aid of others, that we make this place better. Wouldn’t it be amazing if the pandemic actually brought all of us together?
Through creativity and innovation, a whole new way to celebrate, deeper, more connected and meaningful is created for all of us.
Let’s hit the social and traditional media airwaves with that!
Create Meaningful and Joyous Holidays
The holidays bring people together… the ones we love and care most about. It is the time where we enjoy the company. We do for one another and we express what they mean to us through both acts of service and through what we say.
Our acts of service and our voice are not silenced during this pandemic.
If anything, I have spent more time with those I love. I have reached out to more people to check in, and extend help or even just a kind word of love and appreciation.
The precautions we are taking between now and the beginning of next year do not dampen who we are or our ability to connect with others.
Our Joyous Holidays will just look a little different…
different bows and window dressing.
We may be throwing a quick celebration in a front yard or taking the kids over to grandmas to build a snowman. We may back our favorite treats and drop them off at neighbors and friends who are alone this year.
We may even drop off a tiny Christmas tree at each friend and family member with instructions to send a selfie and write a holiday wish note…like that “flat Stanley” so many of us had as kids coming with us to school, on each trip and to the holiday dinners.
Perhaps assembling a book of everyone’s tiny tree pictures and holiday wishes printed out for everyone. A remembrance that even in a time such as this, we still live. We connect and continue to celebrate, on that day….as it comes on the calendar.
You can do it
Get creative and make a difference. Connect and reach out.
I always like to think about the kids in war torn countries, because not matter how chaotic or dangerous, those kids still play. They are kids and kids play.
…but do not let it push out the joy
We are alive and we will continue to live. Take this unique holiday season a truly make it your own. Allow the grief of what cannot be…but do not let it push out the joy that is a part of life and a real part of this and every holiday season.
Happy Thanksgiving 2020!
I cannot wait to see how you inspire me!!
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