We’ve noticed quite a few residents have already put up their Christmas decorations, and it’s not even Thanksgiving yet!
But you know what? We find it hopeful, and we can all use a little more of that as we consider all we’ve been through during 2020.
Social isolation, physical illness, loss of loved ones to Covid 19, loss of income, mental health problems. At least some of these have all been experienced by many of us.
But as we enter the holiday season, we can still focus on the positive and remember to give thanks for everything we DO have.
We still have a roof over our heads and food in our pantry, some due to Harvest of Food Pantry and other charitable organizations.
We have our families and friends.
We live in a country that despite the efforts of some, still abides by the U.S. Constitution and the rights and privileges it provides us as American citizens: we retain the right to worship our own diety in our own church, synagogue, or other house of worship; and we still have the right to free speech.
We still have American farmers who continue to plant, raise, and harvest foods not only for us, but for hungry people around the globe.
Some of us still have a job and/or purpose in life.
We still have each other. This is one blessing that is often overlooked, but is as important as any of the others. Without each other, where would we be? Probably at the bottom of a deep, dark pit of depression for what we DON’T have.
As fellow human beings, at least we can offer something to one another: from cash, to food, to a friendly smile (you can see it even underneath a mask; it shows in the eyes), to a ride to the doctor or grocery store, to even paying for the order of the person behind you in a line at a fast-food place.
There are little things we can do for one another and that cost very little such as sending cards to residents of assisted living homes and nursing homes, offering to run errands for our elderly friends and neighbors, to giving someone a ride to church.
And we can pray for one another, which costs absolutely nothing.
As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving and then Christmas as we have never done before considering Covid 19, let’s all pledge to give thanks for all we do have, and to remember one another.
And go ahead and put up your Christmas tree. It’s never too early to celebrate joy, peace, hope, and love.