The year has presented us with one new challenge after another. Many of us have struggled, but we can be proud that we’ve learned to adjust and adapt to new habits and routines. And with the festive season upon us, we should expect more of the same. Remember to keep yourself, your family, and your friends safe – and take good care of yourself – while you anticipate an atypical holiday this year.
Because of increasing COVID-19 numbers, Governor Tim Walz recently implemented Executive Order 20-99, which prohibits any social gatherings outside the household through December 18.
Whether or not you’re planning to celebrate early, you may have to get creative. But don’t worry; we’ve got some ideas.
So many of us are used to gathering with family or friends for the holidays, but that tradition may have to sit on the shelf (with the Elf) for 2020. Perhaps you’ll want to simply celebrate with those in your immediate household or take advantage of technology to connect with loved ones.
Here are some ways to celebrate:
Once the Executive Order is lifted, get-together restrictions may or may not change. If you do host or attend an in-person celebration, please keep safety in mind:
Most aspects of this year’s holiday will seem different, and that may cause many of us to feel less festive. Or not festive at all. And you know what? That’s okay. Under the circumstances, that Bah! Humbug! feeling is perfectly acceptable.
While this feeling won’t last forever, it may surely seem that way. Focusing on little things each day can help lift your spirits, especially during the holiday season. If you’re feeling down or mentally overwhelmed, try finding balance with:
Though none of this is how we expected our holiday to look or feel, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate together. The important thing is to stay connected, keep loved ones safe, and find ways to manage the atypical holiday this year. We hope these ideas provided some insight, and we want you to know that it’s perfectly okay to not feel joyful or jolly right now. If you’re feeling out of balance, the Calli Institute is always ready to listen and help. Please reach out.