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HOW TO WORK ON OVERCOMING THE SOCIAL IMPACT OF THE VIRUS ON THE HOLIDAYS

     Most of us are suffering the inconvenience, anger, frustration and extreme sadness associated with the current virus. We had plans for leaving town to visit with family and friends that we don't make time to enjoy during the rest of the year. Our medical experts are telling us not to get on planes, not to plan long driving trips that may necessitate stops at questionable bathrooms or hotels and not to go into crowded shopping areas hunting for those perfect gifts.  So what are we to do to feel a close sense of connection with those who are dear to us?

     4 THINGS TO DO TO EXPRESS MORE PERSONAL LOVE WHEN PERSONAL CONTACT IS IMPOSSIBLE:

1. Talk, talk and talk again.  Telephone calls are not hugs but frequently use of technology sure can help you feel closer to the everyday activities of your loved ones.

2. Make your own greeting cards.  Hallmark is one of my favorite companies but your personal drawings and written messages feel so much better and more personal. Store bought cards often end up in trash cans with wrinkled ribbons and torn gift wrap.  Many years ago my daughter made a card for me using crayons and copy paper.  I have framed it and it will never leave the spot on my wall where it enriches every day of my life.

3. Don't buy gifts.  Having Amazon (another one of my favorite companies) send a gadget lacks the warmth and embrace of a homemade crock of soup or a large tin of  personally produced chocolate chip cookies.

4. Think outside of the gift box.  Sing a song.  Donate to a charity that is significant to your dear one.  Write a letter about your feelings at this time of year.

     I can't sincerely tell many of you to have a joyous season.  There is nothing joyous about Covid.  I can encourage you to have a meaningful holiday.  You may even find that it becomes one of your most meaningful.

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