For most of us, the preparation is done. Stores are closing. Presents are bought - maybe not assembled or wrapped yet, but home. Food is waiting to be assembled and cooked. About the only thing left is a quiet party or a church service. Soon the little ones will be put to bed and the adult population can crash.
This year – 2020 - has been different. Santa visits were different, shopping was different, visits and parties were different. Much of it can be blamed on the pandemic, but there were other factors of which we are all aware.
Now is a time to take a breath and relax for a moment or two. Disregard all the stresses that came with this holiday season. Individually, let’s freely share smiles, hope, and laughter with those around us. We’ve earned a collective ‘time out’!
Maybe we can do something tonight. Maybe the opportunity will wait until tomorrow. My hope is that you be aware of activity going on around you and promote enthusiasm. Then, when reflecting on this Christmas years from now, the bad stuff will be relegated to: “well, that’s the way it was in 2020”, and other facets of this Christmas will bring up happy memories.
Merry Christmas to all.
I'm Pete Vanderpool and that's My Educated Guess.