So if you haven’t figured it out already, I absolutely love the Autumn season. And my favorite holiday happens to be right around the corner–Halloween!
I was having a video chat with a very close friend of many years, who also loves Halloween and actually decorated her home back in September. She told me all about the large, creepy spider placed in front of her door and her tablecloth covered with images of witches. I told her about my apothecary jars and the spider web we spread over the hedges.
OUT OF CURIOSITY, I TEXTED MY FRIEND TO ASK IF ANY OF HER NEIGHBORS HAD PUT UP THEIR DECORATIONS, TO WHICH SHE RESPONDED, A FEW, BUT NOT AS MUCH AS THEY HAD IN YEARS PAST.
And as my daughters were helping me with the finishing touches on our outdoor decor last weekend, I looked up and around at my neighbors’ homes, expecting to find decor there too. I didn’t see anything. Now, it could just be that they were waiting until closer to the holiday to put up decorations. My neighborhood has always leaned toward the conservative side when it comes to holiday decor of any kind.
Out of curiosity, I texted my friend to ask if any of her neighbors had put up their decorations, to which she responded, a few, but not as much as they had in years past.
I also realized that Halloween this year would look very different, and in my area anyway, there would be no trick-or-treating. We couldn’t have a Halloween party and invite our friends. If we dressed up in costumes, where could we go?
The pandemic has upended everyone’s life in one way or another. Holidays, as well as birthdays, are being celebrated in a much more limited way this year. Was this possibly the reason that others didn’t seem to be putting up decorations like before?
I get it. It’s tiring being home most or all of the time. Things are just so different and we miss the way things were.
I GET IT. IT’S TIRING BEING HOME MOST OR ALL OF THE TIME. THINGS ARE JUST SO DIFFERENT AND WE MISS THE WAY THINGS WERE.
It can almost feel like Groundhog Day, the same thing over and over again. We may not feel as motivated to carry on as if everything is normal, to get excited about upcoming holidays, because we can’t gather together the way we’re used to.
But don’t we owe it to ourselves to make sure that we at least mark the holidays as they pass us by? We all want 2020 to be over, but the pandemic doesn’t care about the calendar. Simply put, we don’t know when this pandemic will be well and truly over.
Do we just stop holiday decorating altogether? Shouldn’t we mark the passage of time and significant days worth celebrating in some meaningful way?
This pandemic has been rough on kids, too. At least we have access to news and current events, if we so choose to follow them, in order to get some answers.
BUT DON’T WE OWE IT TO OURSELVES TO MAKE SURE THAT WE AT LEAST MARK THE HOLIDAYS AS THEY PASS US BY? WE ALL WANT 2020 TO BE OVER, BUT THE PANDEMIC DOESN’T CARE ABOUT THE CALENDAR. SIMPLY PUT, WE DON’T KNOW WHEN THIS PANDEMIC WILL BE WELL AND TRULY OVER.
All that our kids know is that this is their life now: remote learning on a screen all day, months since their last playdate with friends in person, extremely limited outings on the weekends while making sure others aren’t around, and washing their hands frequently, constantly on alert for The Coronavirus.
Helping out with Halloween decorations really lit my girls up inside. It reminded them of last year, when things were so very normal, making plans to meet up with friends for trick-or-treating and discussing what their costumes should be. While decorating, they got a sense of the passage of time, but not in a Groundhog Day way. They marked it by doing something nostalgic—and normal.
Are you decorating less because of the pandemic, or more in spite of it?
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