by Brenna Fields
2020 has been a as been a year of change and adjustment. The Coronavirus pandemic has caused life as we know it to be drastically different. While we hope that things can eventually get back to ‘normal,’ as I write this blog, the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in most states across America. Because of this, the holiday season is probably unlike anything we’ve experienced before.
For me, the holidays (especially Thanksgiving and Christmas) are about family. The last several years have found me either hosting family members or traveling to Louisiana to spend the holidays with them. Particularly since my mother’s passing in 2018, I have been intentional about going to Louisiana for Thanksgiving and Christmas so my grandmother (my mother’s mother) could have a memorable holiday. 2020 now finds me not only facing the fact that this is my first holiday season without any grandparents (my grandmother passed away in March of this year), but also deciding not to travel for Thanksgiving and possibly not for Christmas because of the pandemic (plans are still up in the air). So, what do I do? This is how I’ve decided to spend Thanksgiving; if your plans for the holidays are different than normal, I hope these suggestions help you.
If you really know me, you know I love to cook! While my spread will not be as elaborate as it might generally be, I am going to prepare a special dinner. There won’t be any turkey (because I’ve never made one lol), but I will make a few special dishes. And, in honor of my great-grandmother, who loved to serve elaborate meals and to host people, I will use some of her china to serve myself with (no everyday dishes for me!)
You may ask, “what are you going to do with all of that food?” There are a few people I know who are in need. They don’t know it yet, but I plan to drop off a few plates to them. There are a couple of other people who I know are spending Thanksgiving alone, so I will invite them to drive by and get a plate. There is joy in serving and giving of oneself; I look forward to the opportunity to share. Is there someone you can serve and be a blessing to this holiday season?
The last 3 years or so of my life have been quite challenging. Since I am now on the other side of a lot of them (thank you God!), I want to use this time to reflect. God has been so good to me…I truly cannot tell it all! During this Thanksgiving season, I want to take some time to count my blessings. I also want to take some time for me! I may take my folding chair to the beach one day and just sit and enjoy God’s creation, or I may go to the park and take a walk. Although there are a couple of things I want to get done Thanksgiving week (one of them is putting up my Christmas tree), I’m not going to have much of an agenda or a schedule; I am just going to flow. I am very intentional about how I spend and schedule my time, but over the next several days, I am going with the flow. When was the last time you did that?
This year, I’m going to embrace what is, count my blessings and just be. No complaining here!
What ideas do you have for someone who is spending the holidays without family and away from friends? I would love to hear them; please share them in the comments.