December is a month that’s traditionally filled with friends, family, food, and good cheer.
This year, many of us are doing something quite different, instead staying home with our immediate families and creating covid-friendly traditions. Our Surrogacy Learning Center team has been spending time talking about the holidays and how we’re creating joy this year, when most of our socializing is being done over Zoom, and a turkey dinner might be giving way to a smaller roasted chicken.
Here are some of the things we’ll be doing to make the season merry and bright.
- 🎄 The tree and decorations have gone up super early and will stay up much later than a usual year! Bring on the holiday tunes and Hallmark movies – we’re snuggling in by the fireplace for some hygge time with family.
- Lots of hours spent on crafts, family walks, leisurely meals, pj days, and board games 🎲
- Gratitude journals/discussions/notes. A number of us have decided that focusing on what we do have will get us through this time of uncertainty, and there’s no better time to teach children that we have so much to be grateful for in 2020 and always.💕
- Volunteering/giving. This year, those of us who are able to donate or volunteer know that we have soooo many more reasons to share what we have – whether that’s donating money, food, or hand-me-downs, or offering an empathetic ear to someone who is struggling.
- Cook. All the things 🍜🥙🍱🥘
- Eat. All the things 🧀🍇🌮🍿
- Dressing for the holidays. Some of us (ahem me), would wear a costume or fancy dress every darn day if I could! So this year I may just wear sequins and one of my granny’s vintage hats for our holiday dinner. My family will probably be right beside me in their cozy sweats. It’ll be perfect 😊
- Resting and finding peace. This year has given us a lot to process. Let’s be kind to ourselves. Read, sleep, relax, watch movies, snuggle, and cherish those we’re with while we look forward to the good that 2021 will bring.
How about those of you in our Surrogacy Learning Center community? How will you be spending the holidays? Have you developed new traditions and found ways to celebrate with those who are afar? Anyone on their surrogacy journey who is expecting to deliver during the holidays? Please join us in the comments below.