The phrase gets said so often that we don’t even really reflect on it…until this year. Can we actually have a “Happy Holiday”? If I asked you what makes your holiday happy, chances are you would say spending time with family and friends, good food, time off, etc. So, in the midst of the pandemic how will we create a holiday that is “Happy”?
There is no doubt that many families have been directly affected by the virus and our hearts go out to them for their grief and loss. Finding solace and comfort can seem that much more difficult during the holidays. If you know someone who has experienced a loss, consider what you might be able to do for them this season…from dropping off a meal to sharing a memory – often the best gift you can give is just to listen.
Perhaps this season, we can think of how to support those in our community who may be alone. I read about two girls who were sending Christmas cards to those in senior care centers who may not otherwise be remembered. I love that idea.
I challenge all of us to make this a Happy Holiday by giving gifts of service to our community. Food banks are low, families are struggling, and many will spend the holiday alone. I believe there is no greater gift we can share than the gift of care for each other… and what is amazing is that the simple act of giving to someone else, can bring us a happiness that no gift under the tree can.
From our family to yours, we wish you a safe, healthy, and happy holiday.
Dr. Andre & Dr. Thao