The Christmas Struggle

I’m always late to the Christmas party – quite literally. While I absolutely LOVE Christmas, I’m not one of those people who are ready as soon as it’s midnight November first. I take time to warm up to Christmas. I hate seeing anything Christmas related before December, and I still get PTSD from hearing Mariah Carey on the radio from my retail days. Usually though, some time between the 10th and 15th, I get into the spirit, and start getting excited.

Except for this year.

Here we are, the 22nd, and I’m finding it difficult to get into the spirit. Over the weekend, we were threatened with a potential province wide lockdown that would start on the 24th, and it’s been a little difficult to recover from that, even with the news the lockdown will start on the 26th. The pandemic has put a huge damper on a lot of things, and it was hard to imagine starting another 28 days locked in RIGHT before Christmas.

When I sit down and think about it though, it’s silly for me not to be in the spirit. I have my health, as do my husband and son. We have a roof over our heads, and despite the pending lockdown, we both have work and funds to make it through to the other side. We have a supportive family and friend network, who understands our distance, but is there the second we need help with errands, or a midnight box of diapers. I’m even thankful for the weather – it’s been so mild that I’ve been able to walk comfortably outside with my son the past week (though, my amazing new winter coat is feeling neglected in the hall!).

The landscape of the Christmas is going to be different, which is a shame, but at the same time, it’s almost kind of wonderful. My husbands family typically has a giant meal with the entire extended family on Christmas day, which has obviously been cancelled. While this year is going to be presents on porches, and driveway meals, it gives us a chance to start new traditions with our little family. While it’s not perfect, it’s still going to be a good Christmas.

I hope you all have something to be grateful for, or something to look forward to this season, despite all the things that seem to be going in the wrong direction.

And if all else fails, there’s this;

Until next!

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