Day 16 is already here, and the challenge for today is to begin to make your plans for Christmas Day. If you spend the day with family and friends most years, this year may be very different.
Waking up on Christmas morning and not having any plans for yourself will most likely be a big letdown. Having a plan in place can help prevent grief, loneliness, and any depression that you may feel.
What sounds like fun to you? Cooking your favorite Christmas fare and eating on your china with a friend on Zoom might appeal to you, or maybe you want to eat pizza on a paper plate and stay in your flannel pajamas while you eat on Zoom with a friend. Perhaps you want a quiet day alone and want to read while enjoying some hot chocolate and listening to Christmas music.
What you plan to do isn’t nearly as important as simply having a plan. Be sure you know ahead of time how you want to spend the day.
The affirmation for Day 16 is “I take care of myself by planning my days ahead of time.”
As I come up with ideas for us all to celebrate the 25 Days of Christmas together, apart, so that we feel connected to each other, I’m more aware each day of just how many people are feeling depressed, lonely, sad, or a little bit blue. I know more of my friends are canceling their travel plans to spend Christmas with family and friends, and I just want to acknowledge how difficult it is for so many of us to have a quieter Christmas because of the risk of Covid-19.
For Day 10, I have an activity that won’t alleviate the loneliness and despair, but it will at least add some merriment and fun to your holiday time. The challenge for Day 10 is to go online and search for “virtual Christmas events December 2020”. I think there are enough events that you could find a concert, a play, a ballet, a comedy show, a fundraiser, or a sing-a-long for each night from now until Christmas. Most of these online events are free, though some of them have a fee.
At Eventbrite and Facebook, lots of events are listed that are free of charge. Also, many symphonies, churches, and other groups are offering events if you go directly to their pages. Grace Cathedral in San Francisco and Washington Cathedral are having events and many radio stations are offering concerts that you can listen to online or on the radio.
I am scheduling several of the musical events for the next two weeks to listen to online because I love Christmas music. I challenge you to schedule several events that you might enjoy, and ask a couple of your friends to sign up, too, and then discuss them by phone or on Zoom after the event. Sharing events virtually isn’t the same as attending in person, but with so many events offered online, I think everyone can find something they like.
The affirmation for Day 10 is “I take care of myself by scheduling my time wisely.”
For the 25 Days of Christmas, I am creating challenges, ideas, and activities to share with clients, friends, and others who will be sharing Christmas together, apart. I hope in this way we can all feel more connected to each other. Each day of the 25 days I will post a video on my social media and will also publish a blog here.
Day 3 of the 25 Days of Christmas activity is sharing music together. I have been on Google and found some of the most wonderful new Christmas music for 2020.
I challenge you to find some new songs that resonate with you for 2020 and post them in the comments on my Facebook page so we can all share the music together, apart. This is just one more way I am challenging friends, clients, and others to join in the holiday celebrations with each other. We are creating fun ways to stay connected since we can’t safely be in the same rooms with each other.
You don’t need to have a music app. Just search for “new Christmas songs 2020” and you will find plenty of magazine and radio station websites that have playlists and reviews of new songs and new albums for this season.
Have fun discovering new music for this year. And while you’re finding the new music, practice repeating your affirmation for Day 3 which is “I have empathy for myself and for others.”