When life gives you bitter lemons, you just have to work a little harder to get the right amount of zest out of it. Such was the case with this year’s Christmas Season. Christmas was not cancelled, but it was definitely different and we had to work a bit harder to capture the Christmas Spirit.
My lovely wife has a lot of good ideas, many of which she will tell you I do not go along with, because, I am, well, too serious (grumpy). In keeping with my recent theme of Grow Old, But Don’t Grow Up, I have found my self agreeing to more and more of these good ideas of late, particularly during the Christmas Season. Here was our recipe for Christmas Spirit this crazy year of 2020:
Christmas Eve Day
- Limited social media access, except for communicating seasonal wishes
- No news feed, TV news, radio news after 8:00 AM
- Turn on the Frame Fireplace channel
- Listen to Christmas carols while you accomplish your daily tasks
- Watch old family Christmas videos (we started in 1958 and worked our way up to1989)
- Cook and enjoy your Christmas dinner one day early
- Attempt to take your shut-in brother a home cooked Christmas dinner in the care home where he lives (and fail) due to current Covid restrictions, argue your case (but still fail), shed tears
- Drive back home for spiked eggnog and goodies
- Watch a Hallmark Christmas movie
- Watch Christmas Eve service on YouTube. I spotted the one from Canterbury Cathedral and not only was it like travelling to a foreign country, but the chorale singing and sound of the pipe organ was phenomenally beautiful. You may want to look this up. Here is the link. A Traditional Canterbury Christmas Carol Service – Christmas Eve, 2020 | Canterbury Cathedral – YouTube
- Send out Christmas wishes to everyone you hold dear, including a video of us in our ugly Christmas sweaters singing “We wish you a Merry Christmas”. The video was Patty’s idea and was a lot of fun, even though I was told I need to smile more.
- Enjoy morning coffee, chocolate and a great breakfast.
- Text, E-mail, chat, phone with countless people to share wishes for the season
- Long Skype with the kids for conversation and gift opening. They may be fully grown now, but the results were eerily similar, after they opened their gifts. Conversation slowed down and they worked away on the puzzles we gave them.
- Don your best Christmas onesie, grab the camera on a tripod and head out to spread some socially distanced Christmas cheer and smiles. (This was totally my Patty’s plan, I was the project organizer, driver and photographer). We visited 10 locations and travelled 130 km in about 4 hours. Only our first stop knew we were coming. Every other call was spontaneous and elicited smiles at our goofy appearance. It all went well and we were left with more Christmas spirit than we knew what to do with.
- back home for a quick bite and then a Christmas Zoom party
Christmas Spirit was in abundance this year and we do not feel like we missed anything.
How did your Christmas celebrations go? Stay well and thanks for reading.