2020's been a year for the books,
no one can argue that.
We faced obstacles
we'd never dreamed of,
some of us rising to the challenges
with kindness and grace
that surely landed them
on Santa's NICE list.
let's just say Santa wasn't pleased
and be done with it.
It is Christmas, after all.
This Christmas will be different,
there's no doubt about that either.
We shopped online and
kept our fingers crossed, hoping
that packages would arrive in time.
When we ventured out
we wore our masks,
kept our distance,
and tried to let a smile
show through our eyes--
at least those of us
aiming for that NICE list did.
So many traditions
were put on hold.
Families keeping safe
by keeping apart.
Small intimate gatherings
of people in our bubble
and video chats
will have to do this year.
Maybe that's a blessing in disguise.
By stepping back from the chaos
that comes with the holiday season,
there's a lot less pressure to get it right.
No cleaning frenzy
to make everything perfect for company.
No marathon baking sprees
or racing around to drop off gifts.
With less pressure to impress,
we are remembering the joys of Christmases past.
While we're decking the halls and trimming our trees
to ignite the spirit in our own hearts,
we can reflect on what's most important
and treasure the blessings we have.
We're taking the moments to be thankful
for the good things all around us
that we too often take for granted,
like the family and friends
we are still able to see—
and lets not forget
toilet paper and paper towels!
With all the sadness 2020 has dished out,
there has been joy too.
People surviving Covid 19
and vaccines being produced
that will help this nightmare pass into history.
People helping people.
People realizing what is truly important—
family, friends, human contact, and love,
always love—for those we know
and those strangers we'll never meet.
Let us celebrate this Christmas,
whether alone or in our small groups,
by holding hope in our hearts.
One day things will go back to normal,
and we'll revel in our traditions again,
but maybe normal will be a little bit better
for surviving the storm together.
~Elise Skidmore ©2020