Holidays of Hope

Covid Celebrations

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Jianna Wiedenmeyer, Staff Writer

          The holiday season is a time that many look forward to all year long. The holidays are usually times for special get-togethers with friends and family to celebrate. While 2020 has been filled with an onslaught of unforeseen hardships, fortunately, the last half of the year offers many exciting holidays to look forward to, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Years. Many find themselves thinking that some events will have to be cancelled this year due to the pandemic, which could very possibly be true. But holidays aren’t just about foods, presents, and parties; these holidays are about togetherness and the joy of being with those you love. 

 

Thanksgiving 

           Thanksgiving traditionally is a time when you get together with family and have a large meal together. There’s football to be watched, and homemade foods to be tasted, but this year may look a little different. The guidelines for isolating and social distancing to protect others are still in order. So, many will find their dining rooms a little emptier or spaced out for gatherings. Although this year has been nothing less than chaos, that doesn’t mean that there is no fun left for the remainder of the year. While trapped inside, finding things to keep yourself busy can be difficult, but one activity you could do is create name tags for the family members coming to your house for the holiday. 

           Thanksgiving is the season to be thankful for all that you have, and although you may not be able to tell everyone what they’re thankful for face-to-face, another option is to write a note to your family members or friends. Although this Thanksgiving might look very different, there are creative ways to make the holiday amazing. One positive change this year is Black Friday. Traditionally Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving and stores have amazing deals on mostly everything in stock. This year, Black Friday deals will last throughout the entire month of November instead of one day. This means that people can skip the ‘frenzy’ of crowds and try to get one of a limited supply and take their time shopping during the month or online. 

Christmas

           Christmas is a magical time of the year filled with lots of traditions and activities everywhere. Some activities that will be returning this year are the ZooLights at Point Defiance Zoo, ice skating, the Fantasy Lights drive-through in Spanaway, and tree lighting ceremonies. All will be enforcing social distancing and masking rules, of course. Or for a more close-to-home option, the Ken Lake neighborhood has a plethora of lights on display. Some activities that you can do at home with family and friends are baking, icing sugar cookies, baking pies, ugly Christmas sweater contests and so much more. During this holiday season, you could make your own ornaments for the tree and help decorate your house for the season. Just maybe leave out the mistletoe for this year, you know with Covid and all… 

           This season could also be very lonely for some people, many will not be able to travel to visit family and friends, which is hard. Some areas are setting up a giving tree; this is a tree full of wishes and has the person’s name on the back. With these you could get one and help make someone’s holiday season. If you have neighbors that are going through this alone, a nice letter, a small gift, or a sweet treat might bring a smile to their face. This year Washington state is projected to have a fairly average amount of snow this year. Expect snow around early December till mid February. With snow often comes storms or power outages, so make sure to have some supplies just in case you get trapped in your home. Many families are setting up Christmas decorations earlier than normal this year. This year has been difficult and there is something about Christmas that many look forward to and decorating is a way to experience joy in the midst of this pandemic. 

New Year’s

           New Year’s Eve often consists of big parties with lots of people. There is nothing wrong with celebrating this holiday, but this year has been very different than anyone could have ever anticipated; so, if you have traditional gatherings with lots of people just make sure to stay safe and maintain social distancing. Yes, the New Year’s tradition of kissing someone at midnight is awesome, just this year blow a kiss so you can keep yourself and others safe. While this event quite possibly will be very different, you can still make a list of resolutions and goals for the year of 2021. 

           Another way to stay safe and still enjoy the holiday is by watching the ball drop on the news stations. The ball drop is normally where people gather and party and at midnight, and then the ball drops. This year it will look a little strange in comparison to years past; all the parties, ball drops, and countdowns will be hosted virtually to keep people safe. New York City’s Time Square will host a virtual ball drop as of right now. But even virtually, it is still a fun way to celebrate and still keep yourself and those around you safe.

           This year has been a rollercoaster in every aspect, but different doesn’t mean boring and lame. Things will look a bit different this year, but there are still many ways to celebrate and be safe at the same time. Try and make the best out of the upcoming holidays and don’t let the challenges a global pandemic bring hold you back from enjoying yourself. This year has been a mess, but not everyone will be able to say “I survived 2020!” So make the most out of the rest of the year and remember to stay safe!