Posted by: jude49 | December 5, 2020

Have a Successful Pandemic Christmas

Hello All,

This Christmas will be different from past Christmases! But different can be good! Let’s explore ways in which we can make this Christmas season magical and joyful!

  1. Accept Recognize that this Christmas WILL be different. Rather than wishing that things could be what they were, accept what is
  2. Serve This year, more so than any other Christmas I can remember, there are service opportunities galore. Here are some ways to serve:
    1. give money or food to to your local food bank
    2. look through your closets and donate gently worn clothes such as jackets, mitts, scarfs, blankets, hats, sweaters, etc. and donate to local shelters
    3. donate toiletries such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, wash cloths, cotton socks, deodorant, combs/brushes, etc. to local agencies who serve teens, women, the homeless
    4. if you knit or crochet, consider making hats, mitts, and scarfs and donate to schools where there are children who can’t afford these necessities
    5. contact a seniors’ home and ask for names of seniors who have no surviving family. Put together a small gift basket.
    6. donate gently used books, toys and magazines to shelters, community centres, hospitals

3. Be Kind Everyday, do at least one intentionally kind thing…say thank you, open a door for someone, make cookies for a neighbour, share a joke with a friend…you get the idea!

4. Learn a New Skill/Hobby Are you finding you have too much time on your hands? This is an ideal time to learn how to draw, cook, learn a new language or how to play an instrument, There are great price reductions on learning how to do just about anything! YouTube is a great resource, as well, for learning new skills!

5. Sing There are many concerts you can listen…some you can even participate in! Many are free. Some ask for a small donation. Singing is good for your brain health!

6. Connect It’s hard to be separated from friends, families and neighbors. You can still connect, though. Write a note, telephone… And technology is a boon here…FaceTime, What’sApp, Skype, Zoom…The other day I noticed that the Queen was learning how to Use Zoom! Never too old to learn! And it’s great for the keeping the brain active.

7. Play. Get out those board games, cards, statues, charades, and puzzles! Make up your own games! Playing together strengthens family bonds! And an added bonus is learning how to cooperate better, better tolerate differences, grow your patience, and get to know each other!

8. Explore Nature Nature heals! Take a walk, a hike. Breathe in the fresh air! Look around you. Name 5 things you can see, four things you can hear, three things you can smell, 2 things you can tough. The greener the go, the better you feel! And leave your electronic devices at home. Focus on nature!

9. Be Grateful Be thankful for what you have. Every evening count your blessings and see what the Divine has done! All it takes is one look at the news to recognize that many want for food, shelter, clothes. Be thankful for the seemingly small things like toothpaste, a bath, a towel, soap….Gratitude helps put things in perspective and fosters an attitude of hope.

To all my friends who read this bog, I hope this blog has inspired and uplifted you! Even through troubled times, slivers of light squeeze through the gloom. Keep your eye on the light!

Warm Wishes,

Judith


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