The romanticized vision of the holidays is a house filled with loved ones from near and far, all enjoying one another’s company and a feast of family favorites. Even in a typical year, this ideal is hard to achieve, but in 2020, with travel restrictions and health officials recommending against large get-togethers, it’s wise to lower expectations.
In fact, to limit the spread of COVID-19, Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine, on October 29, encouraged people to limit holiday gatherings to people who live within their own household. She acknowledged that it was a tremendous sacrifice to make, but a necessary one.
When we think back to what we may consider "The good old days," especially during the holiday season, no doubt there is a soundtrack to our memories. Whether it's singing "We Gather Together" for Thanksgiving, "Oh Chanukah, Oh Chanukah!" as a child or "Blessings on the Menorah," or "Happy, Happy Kwanzaa," or any of the myriad Christmas songs, holidays are a time for singing, and a time for TV specials.
In previous issues, we looked at ideas for leaving behind a legacy free from regret and filled with memories and examples for others, fueled by wishes, hopes, and goals you have set. All of these have temporal value, meaning they bring only temporary benefit. Everything eventually wears out over time, even a good name or reputation. Your legacy may not benefit future generations, and certainly will not benefit you when you are gone.
- I can't get a Christmas gift my wife likes. Last year, I gave her a hundred-dollar gift certificate. She exchanged it.
- Our tree was so puny we used orthopedic bulbs.
- Our local department store had two Santas — one for regular kids, and one for kids who wanted ten toys or less.
- I made a terrible mistake last Christmas. My wife made me swear I wouldn't give her a fancy gift — and I didn't!
Have you ever wanted to write a book? Maybe you’d like to preserve memories of your childhood for your grandchildren. Perhaps you have a vast knowledge of your family’s genealogy that you could provide for other family members. You could share inspirational writing based on your faith. No doubt you’re skilled at something – gardening, fishing, wood-working, birdwatching, poetry, creating business strategies – the topic doesn’t really matter. Maybe, as a professional you have stories about your career that almost anyone would enjoy.
Maria “Dani" Frank honored in first-ever virtual recognition event. Maria "Dani" Frank, of Whitehall, Pennsylvania, is the 2020 Home Instead Senior Care North American CAREGiverSM of the Year. For Home Instead, the world’s leading provider of in-home care for older adults, there is no bigger accolade for the organization’s more than 65,000 professional CAREGiversSM.