Holidays During a Pandemic


Celia Slaughter, Staff Writer

2020 was not the year many expected it to be. With a pandemic beginning in March and turning the world upside down, people all across the world have been more isolated than ever before. While some have roommates and family members they live with, others have been left to cope with the pandemic all alone. Whether or not you’ve been entirely alone, kept from seeing your friends and family, or have returned to a somewhat normal life, all have been affected by the pandemic in some way. Many hoped that by the time the holidays rolled around this year, Covid-19 would be a thing of the past. Unfortunately, we’re not quite there yet, and this year’s holidays will be completely different than any past years. Here are a few tips to make the best out of this holiday season. 

  1. Decorate early. It sounds cliche, but your environment makes a big difference in your attitude. Put the lights and Christmas trees up early to give your home a cozy, festive feel. Fall leaves and pumpkins are a great idea if you’re more of a Thanksgiving person.  
  2. Enjoy comfort foods. It’s been a tough year. Get another serving of sweet potato casserole. 
  3. Give gifts. Spreading joy to your loved ones will make you feel less lonely. 
  4. Donate to charity. So many have lost their jobs, health, and loved ones this year. Donating is a wonderful way to support those struggling. You don’t have to donate money! Your time and creativity are equally as valuable.
  5. Watch lighter content. There’s no need to watch the news right now unless something wild happens. The election is over, and news coverage is often negative, dragging down your mood. Instead, watch a favorite movie (holiday themed or not) or binge watch your favorite TV show and cozy up. 
  6. It’s okay to be sad. Mourning the loss of tradition is valid. Feeling lonely and isolated is valid. 2020 has been hard on everyone in some way.