This year will be a different year for many families in Houston and other parts of the United States. With the holidays approaching, some areas will be rebuilding and restoring homes, offices, and businesses. It’s going to be a “New Normal” for a while and the holidays are no exception.
Create holiday traditions and experiences
There have been significant losses. Your family may be in a new rental space or have fewer cherished decorations. This year could be about new holiday traditions and experiences. Think about the ways you can celebrate that bring you closer together as a family. Families have started new ornament collections, decided to go on a vacation togehter instead of giving gifts and acknowledged the spirituality of the season instead of the commercialism. Spend time with your family deciding what is most important to each family member.
Supporting our local businesses
Small businesses are gearing up for the holiday season. Many businesses will be open at this time. It’s vital to support our local businesses now. Big or small purchases all make a contribution. Our local businesses are counting on us this year, and every year.
Be creative about how you can use your resources this year. Extra large expenses for repairs wil be a part of your budget. What ways can you choose to share your blessings? Is this the year to simplify your gift giving and gift budget? Perhaps you have been thinking about this for many years and now it the time.
Keep routines to keep you organized
Your “new normal” will benenfit from your traditional organizing and productivity routines. Use your calendar and lists to keep you from feeling overwhelmed. During the holidays, we have more on our calendar and action lists. Most especially this year, get a good night’s rest every night and stick to your exercise routine. Seek support if you are having a difficult time. There are community resources available at our local churches and associations.
I will be thinking of each of you as you celebrate the holidays this year. We have much to be grateful for.
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