TAMMIE BEASLEY Messenger Staff
With Halloween and the election right around the corner and Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year looming on the near horizon, I have been reflecting on the holiday season this year. With the COVID-19 pandemic and all the unrest in the world, how will our holiday traditions be affected? I am sure we were all praying it would all be over by the time the holidays rolled around, but it doesn’t look to me like that will be the case.
So how will our holiday traditions be affected? Well here’s how the holiday traditions in my family will be affected. We probably won’t be having Thanksgiving Day dinner with my husband’s family. We won’t be going shopping in stores on Black Friday, but we gave up Black Friday shopping many years ago, so this is not something that will actually affect us. However, for the vast majority of people, going shopping on Black Friday with their relatives is a tradition. We probably won’t be drawing names and gathering at the church fellowship hall for my family’s annual Christmas party. We probably won’t be attending a Christmas gathering with my husband’s family. We probably won’t be attending a Christmas gathering with my sister and her family. We probably won’t be attending any holiday events with our friends. We won’t be attending any type of New Year’s Eve dance or party.
Putting up Christmas trees and holiday decorations with relatives may also be traditions that may not occur this year. Hanging of the greens, Christmas plays and cantatas at churches may not occur this year. School holiday parties and programs may not occur this year. I hope that the City of Brandenburg will continue to decorate for Christmas and host the annual Christmas by the River downtown. I hope that churches will continue to have live Nativity scenes. At this point, we don’t really know yet which holiday events will be cancelled or changed vastly.
For many people, the financial impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic will affect their holidays. I have already seen announcements that Angel Tree Ministries will continue to help out families in need during the holidays, and I am sure that many other organizations will continue to do that as well.
Here’s how our family’s holiday traditions will occur. We have decorated our home for Halloween. We will decorate our home for Thanksgiving. We will shop online for Christmas presents. We will put up our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving, hopefully with the help of our grandchildren. We will decorate our home for Christmas during the Thanksgiving weekend. We will listen to Christmas songs on the radio and on CDs. We will watch traditional Christmas shows and movies on television. We hope to continue our tradition of watching our grandchildren open their presents on Christmas morning. We will watch New Year’s Eve programs on television. We will cook black-eyed peas and cabbage on New Year’s Day. Although our holidays will be vastly different this year, and we will not get to spend them with all our family and friends, we will continue to know the true meaning of the holidays and keep our family and friends in our hearts.