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It Only Took a Pandemic . . . . . .

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Before I start this blog I would like to say that this year has been, for some, a difficult year and for others a devastating year because they lost loved ones to this Covid-19 virus that no one seems to be able to bring under control. I have been fortunate in that I did not get Covid - 19 and no one in my family did either. I have friends who were tested and we all breathed a sigh of relief when the test results came back negative. I have other friends who have lost friends and loved ones and in a couple of cases I have friends whose parents were living in long term care homes and were tested with the results coming back positive. Two of my friends lost their parents to this dreadful virus and for them the fact that it was Christmas seemed to lose any importance. In past years I mentioned in a previous blog that my family became very competitive around the holidays and I was as guilty as anyone in that regard. This year was very different. We all agreed to dial it down a little and "meet" on Christmas Day over a variety of online choices. My Son and DIL spoke over Facetime and my Daughter and SIL tried Instagram. Both choices worked like a dream. We did not do endless baking and we did not wear ourselves out with mega shopping trips. We all agreed that one main gift and a Christmas stocking would be sent via the post office and if it got there by Christmas time that would be great but if it didn't then it would get there when it got there. If you knew my family you would be amazed that we all managed to agree to this new way of doing things. We talked, we remembered other Christmas Days and for some reason we all laughed at how silly it was to try and outdo each other. We also agreed that this type of Christmas would be our new and forever normal and not one of us whined about how much stress we were under. It was indeed wonderful but as I said in the Title of this blog - It only took a Pandemic to wake us up to how much love we had at out finger tips that we failed to take advantage of every day. I can only say that I am sending out my prayers and blessings to all those who were not as fortunate as my family and I were this year. We have learned a very valuable lesson and I guarantee that we will not soon forget it.
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  • JIBBIE49
    74 days ago
    My family christmas was so laid back this year and it is so true their are real blessings to be found even in this horrible pandemic. All I want is my family to be happy and safe. We too dont intend to go back to stressful, too busy christmas's.
    117 days ago
    emoticon You write great Blogs. Thanks for sharing
    134 days ago
  • JILLIAN0216
    I think may people learned the same thing this year with the pandemic. I have gotten more time with my kids. Also, I have seen more families doing things outside together like walks and bike rides.
    136 days ago
  • KATIE5668
    A beautiful glance at life thru these times. Indeed we miss so much by not seeing what surrounds us.
    I am thrilled that your family had the opportunity to enjoy this holiday in this manner!
    137 days ago
    Great that things turned out so well!! emoticon
    137 days ago
    What a lovely blog. I have known people with COVID .Sadly not all made but thankfully my closest friend and her family all survived. It does make us grateful doesn't it?
    137 days ago
    As leaders we held our breath so much when Katie got COVID. She's very slowly recovering. Than AGAIN when Cheri's H possibly had it. THANKFULLY he didn't it's been scary!! I've been exposed two times and on one them I HELD my breath!! THANKFULLY I didn't have it that we know of. Its possible one of my 2 BFFs may have it she's refusing to be tested. Likely to spare my feelings, you see I am the ONLY person she's seen.

    Like you all,,, I've come to the conclusion that the only things that matter are my relationship with God, and my loved ones. Sure, where I live in gorgeous (harbor view), but you know what? I'd live in a tent if I could hug my loved ones instead and know we are safe. Looks like your family has come to the right conclusion also. Love is what really matters, not the most/expensive, amount of gifts, food. Its just love. I NEED to organize my brothers for a ZOOM meeting. We've not been together in over 12 years.
    137 days ago
    137 days ago
    In the midst of stormy weather, your family found a silver lining. Blessings to you as well.
    137 days ago
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