One of my holiday traditions is to post guidelines called How to Survive the Holidays. The link is to my 2019 post, when we were celebrating traditional holidays. It has context and tips on how to be with family for the holidays. This year we’re having a very different experience of holidays and those tips don’t apply for many people.
Ours will be a quiet observance of COVID health guidelines and being thankful for so many things.
We haven’t lost anyone close to us. We survived living in the US COVID epicenter, New York City, and are grateful for how well New Yorkers learned the lessons and lived them. We’re now remembering those lessons now as colder weather has arrived along with many tempting opportunities to not practice the safe guidelines. But we can do it anyway.
Here’s a great example: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year will take place on one block with no in person viewers. Usually there are three or four million people lining the streets. This year those millions will be safe at home, watching the parade take place on televison along with the 50 million or so others who watch across the country.
These quieter holidays can give us the chance to reflect on what we are truly thankful for. That’s what can be special about this year.
I’m thankful for you, my clients past and present and still to come. Take care of yourselves and encourage those you love to do the same. We can have great times together down the road.
Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW
New York Neurofeedback