The holidays are approaching, and what is typically a very stressful time of the year for many has now been compounded with the added fear of the pandemic.
As we approach this holiday season, I am saddened by the loss of many of the traditions we have begun over the last few years as a family of four. I live for seeing the look on my kids’ faces as they experience the excitement surrounding the holidays. Loud, boisterous family holidays will be replaced with quaint family dinners. Our festive outings to visit Santa and the North Pole will have to hold off another year.
I worry, thinking about my little girls not making those special memories when they are only this young once. But then I am reminded about what truly makes them happy. The North Pole Express can be replaced with a tour around town to see Christmas lights. A Thanksgiving filled with lots of family and friends can be replaced with quality time doing what the girls love most.
As parents, we work hard to make the magic happen.
My kids do not need the grand parade of activities and outings. They’re just as excited to bake holiday cookies, paint ornaments, and decorate the tree. What’s important to them is that Mom and Dad take a little time out of their chaotic life to sit down and invest some time in them. The true “magic” of the holiday season is quality time with the ones we love most.
So before you get down thinking about all that is lost this season, remind yourself of all that is found. Quality time, small moments, laughter, and love.
If we can do that, we may find this will be the most enjoyable holiday season yet.