I don’t know about you, but I feel like we’ve reached one of the most worrying point of the COVID-19 pandemic. The last few weeks have been a lot.
With rising cases of COVID-19 across the country, a daily debate of “will be be going to Level 5 Lockdown?”, and everything else, a new favourite phases seems to be “Christmas might be cancelled”.
I’m just going to say it right now: Christmas is un-cancellable.
That is an actual fact.
And the negativity needs to stop.
This Christmas Will Be Different
Christmas in 2020 is not going to be the same as every other year and I think that that’s a fact that we all have to accept now.
I’m a big believer in the fact that Christmas is what you make of it.
I’m an only child, so it’s always just been me and my Mam for Christmas. We don’t have a big extended family, so Christmas is always quite thing for us. Christmas for me is spect in my pyjamas, eating Celebrations and watching lots of movies.
I used to feel a bit sad about our quiet Christmas’, especially when you’d see other people with big family Christmas’ splashed on social media, until one time a friend said that she was jealous of my Christmas because it seemed so relaxing. I guess the grass is always greener… But even my Christmas will be different this year, I won’t get to celebrate with my friends like I normally do, but it’s a sacrifice worth making.
But’s it’s not fair to talk about Christmas in the context of being cancelled. Christmas can never be cancelled, we just have to change our expectation of it.
Personally, I really feel for people facing into Christmas this year for the first time without a loved one. 2020 has been brutal. Not only has COVID-19 taken numerous lives in Ireland, the pandemic has also had a terrible effect on all deaths and taken away the usual supports. This Christmas is going to be very hard for some, and then there are those who always find Christmas difficult.
You Can Never Cancel Christmas
I think that Christmas 2020 is a chance for something different. We will have our houses packed with family again some day, and head out on numerous Christmas nights out with friends and revel in the hustle and bustle of town in the run-up to December 25, but not this year. It’s upsetting and frustrating, but it will be ok.
Instead, focus on what you can do and appreciate the smaller, quieter things in life. Don’t focus on what you can’t do this Christmas, look at what you can do and how you can bring a bit of magic to it.
I don’t want to sound like I’m romanticising this abomination of a year, I’m ready to say goodbye to this pandemic just like everyone else, but we are currently living through a moment in history. We’ll tell stories about the bizarre moments, the sadness but also small bits of happiness and contentment that shone through. This year has been a reset in terms of what’s important. Make that the focus of Christmas 2020.
You can never cancel Christmas, but you can cancel the negativity that seems to be breeding at the moment.