By THERESA DAVIS
The holidays are here! As if shopping and cooking and planning weren’t stressful enough every year, let’s throw in Covid-19!
Whether you’re planning a small group celebration in person or setting up a virtual gathering, navigating the holidays has become a bit like sailing into a maelstrom.
Family members will have different views on how holidays should be celebrated. This year, those different views are going to carry more passion than debating when it’s time to graduate from the kids’ table. This time, it’s personal.
The folks who prefer to gather in person needn’t take offense at those who prefer to stay home. Especially if there is a family member or children who are at risk. If they’re not at risk but prefer to stay home, let it be. Respect their decision; you’ll see them next year.
Those of you who are staying home, understand that holidays are very important to some people, and they won’t be the same without family – or your pumpkin pie.
This is no time to lecture one another or argue. Together or miles apart, you’re still family. Your aunt is staying home because she loves you and doesn’t want to pass Covid-19 to you if she’s asymptomatic. You want your aunt at your house because you love her. And her pumpkin pie.
Theresa Davis is a former early childhood educator and has worked in childcare centers for more than 15 years. She is also an adoptive mother, living and taking care of her family in the Capital District.