Some Things Have Changed, Some Haven’t

This week we’re talking about how we’re celebrating Christmas this year. Like everyone else my plans will be different this year.

We usually have a huge family breakfast on Christmas Eve with my husband’s family. We’ve been doing this so long I can’t remember when it began. Everybody brings some food, and we spend the morning laughing, talking, and eating. My sister in law makes a delicious punch that we demand every year. It wouldn’t be Christmas without it.

We don’t get to have that dinner this year. The breakfast is held at my niece’s house, but she and her family have covid. Plus, four other family members have it. So we’ve rescheduled for January.

On Christmas Eve night my granddaughter invites both sides of her family to a big dinner at her house. I enjoy seeing everyone, and there are enough children to make the event feel special. We always buy a gift for all the children. It’s fun to watch them get their presents. We’re not doing that this year either. Our county has the highest Covid infection rate in the state, and she doesn’t feel comfortable getting such a big group together.

Christmas Day will be pretty much like it always is. My sons are coming over with their families, and of course my granddaughter will be there as well. We’ve all taken precautions during this time so we feel our gathering is safe. We’ll have a big lunch around one thirty, and then we’ll enjoy getting our Christmas presents. I have to confess that in spite of thinking everyone is okay I’ve had a few second thoughts about that lunch, but unless someone gets sick I guess we will do it.

After all the excitement is over we usually watch A Christmas Carol on TV. It has to be the George C. Scott version. It’s the best one.

No matter how you spend your Christmas I hope it’s deeply satisfying and joyful for you. And next year maybe we can return to our well loved traditions. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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10 Responses to Some Things Have Changed, Some Haven’t

  1. I hope you have a safe and happy Christmas day with your small family gathering. I think those little nagging doubts are natural.
    Your Christmas traditions sound lovely. Hopefully, next year everyone will be able to gather with their families and friends once again.


  2. Your celebrations sound lovely, much like ours in years past. Ours changed before COVID.
    I don’t know if life is ever going to be the same. It seems that once traditions are broken, they never seem to go back, but I wish you and your family as much happiness as possible!


    • Elaine Cantrell says:

      I hope we can go back to the way it was before, but if we don’t, we’ll just have to start some new traditions. Merry Christmas to you!


  3. Jeff Salter says:

    Thanks for those Christmas wishes — the same to you and yours.
    It sounds like you have things well in hand this year — with an appropriate balance of precautions and togetherness.
    Very sorry to learn that your niece’s group has some of the covid problems.


  4. Patricia Kiyono says:

    It’s scary when illness hits family. For the past few months, even family visits have been very short, and several are considerate in wearing masks around us “old folks.” We’ll be dropping off gifts tomorrow for the youngest grandkids and then connecting with them virtually to open them on Christmas Day. As you say, sometimes traditions have to be tweaked a bit, or new ones begun.


  5. Elaine Cantrell says:

    My sister lives in Alaska so we do a virtual Christmas celebration with her. It isn’t as nice as being together, but it warms the heart anyway. We do what we have to I guess.


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