A Virtual Christmas

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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?

About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Kiyono/e/B0067PSM5C/
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9 Responses to A Virtual Christmas

  1. Well, mine is certainly going to be far different from the rest of my life, that is for sure.
    We no longer have a local Christmas lights show. There is a good one in Elizabethtown, a good 30+ miles away that we used to take the kids to see, or even drive through ourselves after we were there Christmas shopping, but I did almost all of mine online this year, and with Joe-the-Husband out of commission for driving with bad poison ivy on his hands, that will be out, unless we decide to go after meds kick in before New Year’s Day, (I am counting on his getting better, anyway!)

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I did a lot of our shopping online, too, although I purchased several gift cards the last time I did grocery shopping. And I do most of the driving. Hubby’s vision isn’t great, especially after dark.

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  2. Jeff Salter says:

    The precautions you and your husband are taking sound quite reasonable under the circumstances. We, too, have had friends & relatives who tested positive for CoVid… and some who’ve had serious complications. Definitely not the time to throw caution to the winds…

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Yes. I know the kids were disappointed in our decision, especially on this first holiday without our son, but for the most part, they understood.

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  3. We’re also self-isolating and have been for some time this year. Our families are not here in Houston, so it won’t be that different from past Christmases, connecting via phone or computer. The difference between us and you is that Arnie turns the Christmas lights on (tree and mantle only) in the morning. I think there’s still a lot of boy in that man. LOL

    Tonight, we’ll be driving to the most popular lighted neighborhoods around us to see Christmas lights, and then we’ll settle in for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

    Unlike you, I always have both meals planned far in advance because we go with tradition. Christmas Eve will be sliced ham, German potato salad, and fried apples. Christmas dinner will be roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, mashed potatoes, gravy, and broccoli. We’ll have our traditional Christmas cake on the eve (french vanilla cake with ribbons of cherry and lime jello streaked through it, cherry pie filling in the middle, covered in a layer of creamy Cool Whip, and sprinkled with crystal sugar for snow. Christmas Day we’ll have plum pudding. But there are always a ton of baked Christmas goodies on hand to nibble on. Butter cookies, decorated sugar cookies, both of which Arnie helped decorate, and my own fruit cake from a recipe handed down from my grandmother – not your normal fruitcake. Everyone loves this one. Very spice cake-ish. 🙂

    We go even further with tradition on Christmas morning with my traditional Swedish pancakes with lingonberries and powdered sugar, sausages, and hot chocolate with whipped cream.

    Hope you all have a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      A Merry Christmas to you and your family, too! We used to have traditional (for us) foods too – pizza for Christmas Eve, and a standing rib roast for Christmas Day. For New Year’s, we go with the Japanese food traditions. But since we’re alone and hubby has a limited number of foods he can eat right now, I’ll just have what he’s eating.

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  4. This year is certainly going to be different. The drive through light show looks like fun. We don’t have anything like that here though I have some friends who have driven a few hours to go to one.
    The precautions that you are taking are ones that I think a lot of people are taking this year. I wish you the a Merry Christmas and pray that you stay healthy.

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  5. Elaine Cantrell says:

    A lot of people will be doing virtual Christmas this year. I don’t blame you at all.

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