Today marks the beginning of the Thanksgiving week. Which, in the past, always evoked a celebratory mood for the big three holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year). This tradition has been abruptly altered three years ago (by the Covid pandemic). How could this year be different?
First, I would categorically reject the notion of “post pandemic.” That is just false. The pandemic is far from over. But we do have new and better vaccines and therapeutics to combat the virus, close to three years of experiences living/ dealing with this pandemic, and legitimate claims to embrace our family values and bonds. Let’s do so with all the benefits of what we have learned.
Two, businesses have shifted the traditional Black Friday Sales from in-store to online and done away with the mass gathering indoor. Some have begun the promotions early in the month, eliminating the need to stand in line at the crack of dawn braving the cold. While the inflation has made us doing double takes with the prices from turkey to gasoline, it’s also a reminder just how precious these moments are.
Three, be mindful of those less fortunate as we spend time with our loved ones, in person or in spirit. Many are suffering around the world at this time as we celebrate the holidays. Good to reflect on the values that gave us what we have. The freedom we enjoy is because the liberty we share among ourselves. While others envy and strive the same, we should do what we can to help.
How are you preparing for Thanksgiving?