Growing up in my house, if we didn’t have 20 people for a holiday it wasn’t a holiday. Between the adult and kid tables there was enough food, laughter and noise to last the winter. But Christmas isn’t canceled, and neither is hope. A vaccine is on our horizon, which means 2021 is looking up. I know it’s tough, but we’re moving in the right direction. As Winston Churchill said, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” Be appreciative. If you’re not on a respirator then consider yourself lucky. Keep that thought when you celebrate apart. The best gift you can give your family is the gift of distance until the vaccine is widespread. As my Aunt Melba Toast recently said to me: “It’s been a long haul but we’re making it work.” Here are some ways how:
- Face Masks That Reflect Your City. From New York to San Francisco, be city patriotic.
- Mask Lanyards. We use them for glasses, so why not masks? The new face accessory can be stylish, from rope to beads and chains.
- Set The Mood. Why wait? Light up your house now so everyday feels festive. Winter calls, so deck the halls.
- Pandemic Ornaments. It’s not a traditional year, so how about non-traditional ornaments? I spy you and Santa in masks.
- Let The Good Times Roll. Even without guests, you can still have fun. A ‘toilet paper’ themed tree gets my vote and can be recycled.
- Shop Locally. Send your loved ones gifts from your favorite store.
- Spread The Joy. Make homemade treats and hand deliver them.
- Photo Wall Calendars. Make a custom family calendar for every month missed. Make one, gift too many.
- Write Your Own Christmas Story. Make it a fairy tale ending.
The new necklace: a mask lanyard