A unique sort of vacation

Christmas is going to be a ton distinctive this calendar year.

For the first time in my everyday living, I will never be spending Christmas Eve with my prolonged loved ones and close friends, feeding on, opening offers, and tracking Santa by using the NORAD website page. Christmas supper will be minimal to just 3 of us and the menu is significantly lesser.

I am likely to pass up the traditions … no unsuccessful gingerbread homes. No listening to my little ones argue above who is the favourite child. No laughter as we look at “Xmas Trip” for the 900th time. No hiding the tears as George Bailey finds out he is the luckiest man alive.

It can be been two decades since I have viewed my oldest son and that many months because I’ve been ready to hug my grandson.

Frankly, it is really going to be much more than just various and not in a excellent way.

I will not like it, but I’m Alright with it.

I’m Alright with it for the reason that I truly feel it’s the most secure for all anxious.

It will also make me recognize the normalcy of Christmas previous when we can all gather safely in the foreseeable future.

The absence of a home comprehensive of family and buddies will also make me recognize the worth of appreciating what I have … and that is getting surrounded by folks that I treatment about, who fall me a text or connect with or even send a card, or a deliciously fattening Kringle, like the 1 I acquired past 7 days from my close friend, Luann, who I have not noticed in practically 10 months.

Did I point out that I despise not staying with family members and good friends? I do … but I believe that that their protection, not to point out my very own, is extra crucial than my selfish desires.

Around the previous several weeks, I’ve posted many instances about my buddy, Tim Murphy, who is hanging on in his battle against COVID.

Tim is the creator of Candy Cane Lane.

He is imaginative, kind, and generally delighted to assist other folks. He loves bringing pleasure and joy to people today, even all those he would not know.

He carries on to defy the odds as the COVID-19 virus ravages his body.

I have not visited Candy Cane Lane yet this yr, but I system to consider a push via this week, while continuing to send Tim my thoughts and prayers for his recovery.

Yeah, I am going to overlook the regular items, but I know that remaining protected is extra crucial.

And next 12 months, Xmas will be all the sweeter.