Likely, this is not what you thought the winter holidays would look like if someone asked you even 6 months ago, and definitely not at the beginning of the year. Many things that we took for granted a year ago are things we sorely miss now: holiday parties, religious/spiritual services, large family gatherings with food, drink and not a care in the world. We may still have the lights, the food and some of the gifts, but we aren’t able to share with all of those we love.
The end of the year is time to reflect and take stock. This year we have more time for this type of quiet introspection, whether we want it or not. We will have better days ahead, regardless of who you are and what you believe. We share in having much to look forward to.
On this Christmas day, please count your blessings and be grateful for what you have. Try to keep your heart open, even when it is difficult to do so. Find some small bit of joy and wonder in the magic of the season as it is still there, waiting to be found. And if you are struggling, reach out to someone you know and ask them for help. If you have the capacity to help others, reach out to those you know who might be having a hard time as well and make the preemptive offer. Rest assured, this too shall pass.
Merry Christmas and bless you all.