Our Wednesday Fox asked, “How will you and your family celebrate Christmas this year?”
Our house will be quiet, because my husband and I are isolating. We aren’t sick, but even though our kids and grandkids are gathering as usual, we have made the difficult decision to join them virtually. Both of us have had very close friends become seriously ill in recent weeks, and we simply don’t want to take any chances. My husband is in a high-risk category due to his age and health issues, and he admitted that he’s not eager to celebrate this first Christmas without our oldest son. We’ve told the kids that we will be happy to join in any of the celebrations virtually, and they seem to have accepted that.
We’ve put up a tree, and hubby remembers to plug it in each evening so that people driving by can see it through the window. I have a few decorations on the outside of the house as well as on the inside, and I’m planning to make and fill stockings like I usually do, but these will need to be either mailed out or delivered to whatever house hosts the family gathering.
Since schools didn’t put on holiday programs and we’re not attending in-person church services, Hubby and I plan to go to a drive-through light show at the minor league baseball park north of Grand Rapids. This event is a ten-year tradition, but it’s especially popular this year, since it’s pandemic-safe (you stay in your own car the entire time). Here’s a video someone took as they drove through. If you don’t want to listen to the kids’ chatter, mute your device, but the lights are impressive.
I’ve extended an invitation for any and all of our progeny to join us virtually on Christmas Eve at whatever time works for them. I haven’t decided yet what platform to use (they’re all familiar with Zoom, Facebook Rooms, FaceTime and House Party, and I’ve used them all), but I’ll keep my laptop open so that when one of them hops on, we’ll be able to see them and wish them a Merry Christmas. I’m sure a few of them will take the time to do so, but there’s no way to predict how many will.
On Christmas Day, we will do a video call with our youngest grandkids and watch them open the gifts that we will drop off at their house later in the week. I don’t know what we’ll have for Christmas dinner, but it will have to be something soft because hubby is having trouble with his teeth. I’ll sit down to write thank yous, and then maybe do some sewing. The TV will most definitely be on, so if I want to watch whatever hubby is watching I’ll sit down with a crochet project.
Basically, this will be like any other weekend, but hopefully with check-ins from the kids and grandkids, siblings, and my mom.
What will your Christmas look like?