Like many, I can’t believe how close to Christmas it now is and that this crazy year is drawing to a close!
I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with the festive period because there are elements I adore and others I really struggle with.
This year is no different, yet totally different!
The traditions are still there but come with limitations and we can’t act as we usually would. For some that’s a relief, but for others it’s harder to take.
I feel very mixed. I’m sad about the things I can’t enjoy experiencing this year but happy to be safe and well in a loving family home that we spent last weekend decorating.
I love seeing friends and family but it now feels like a risk and something to take great care doing. I will keep my social events strictly outdoors and at a two metre distance and won’t be able to meet my long-distance pals in person, so those encounters will have to be through a screen.
My immediate family is small but we have a circle of 15 people we would usually celebrate Christmas with. If we all come together we will exceed the number of households that can mix so I doubt it will be possible unfortunately.
This is undoubtedly the most upsetting bit – the cancelled unions of loved ones.
I know we’re all in the same boat. I’m not bothered about having fewer presents, or even too scared of the different food (shock horror!) but it breaks my heart to not maintain our beloved festive family party traditions. That’s the saddest part.
Change is scary, daunting and sometimes upsetting and I have found myself feeling really down about Christmas ‘not being the same’ this year. But maybe that’s OK.
Maybe it’s time to count our blessings however small and try to be at peace with things being different this time round.
If we still have a safe home, loving family and friends in our lives and our health, we’re more blessed than we think.
We’re all feeling the strain, but trying to do our best.