It is late November and I am totally unprepared for there to be a major holiday. Mentally I cannot put my head in that space at all.
In that respect, it could be virtually any year of my adult life.
Because it is 2020, and because COVID-19 is rampant, and because I love my family enough to want us all to be together next year (dear God please) for the holiday, I don’t expect to be getting together with my family for the holidays.
So 2020 is different in that way.
And of course because COVID is rampant, stores are unlikely to be a smart place to spend time browsing (if they are even open soon) and the postal service has been hamstrung and we should probably expect to see major retailer warehouses in different locations to have intermittent service interruptions because of the outbreaks. Their staff needs to be protected too.
So planning ahead is needed and again – I’m mentally unprepared for this.
It will be a strange holiday season in other ways. Thanksgiving will already be separate celebrations – not gathering as a family will feel very strange.
We are physically close enough that I hope – God willing, if we all stay well – to be able to drive over and drop off Christmas gifts and hug each other (quickly, outdoors, and with masks on).
In one sense that will be a disappointment to be apart in this way. But I know that’s still a lot more than a lot of people will be able to do, and so I will choose to be thankful in the face of it.
Probably we’ll do Zoom gift opening.
Which I suppose suggests gifts will be there to be exchanged.
Huh. I guess I better start thinking creatively.
Ho Ho Ho !