Over the last year and a half, it’s been extra difficult to celebrate those special days in your life. Holidays, both big and small, have really shifted in scope, and while we’ve done our best to adjust, I’d love to share some ideas for making the best of upcoming celebrations. This is a busy time of year for us, with A’s (13th) birthday on Saturday, my birthday and Mother’s Day on May 9, and my mom’s birthday and Father’s Day in June. We want to do it right, or at least as right as we can.
Holidays and special days aren’t for everyone, but for those who need or want a little magic, keep on reading.
Go Big Or Go Home
Ok, you’re most likely already at home. But seriously. That doesn’t mean you can’t go all out. Decorate! Wear the fabulous outfit! Prepare (or cater) a mouth-water menu! Mix up the perfect cocktail. It may not be like old times, but you can still enjoy the celebratory spirit!
Photograph The Moments
I know these aren’t the moments we would prefer to have, but these are the memories we’ve got. Even if the photos are hard to look at now, they will mean so much to us when we come through the other side. Capture them and cherish them when you can. You won’t be sorry.
Gather. However You Can.
Unless you are 100% committed to being an introvert (which I completely understand), gather. Perhaps that means just your immediate family. It could be a get together of family on a Zoom. Maybe it’s a small group in your backyard or nearby park. It could even be a select gathering in your home with people in your bubble or circle. Special days are meant to be shared, and there are ways to safely and cautiously do so. Take advantage of them however you can.
Find A Different Way To Treat Yourself
Since our usual avenues of entertainment are on pause, we have had to find different ways to honor our special days. Our outdoor options are pretty plentiful, and we are fortunate to be able to take advantage of lots of outdoor dining and activities. In the upcoming weeks, we will support some local businesses with a private tiki bar cruise and a delicious dinner in a private yurt. These are things that probably wouldn’t have come to our attention in a different time, and we are excited to try them out.
Focus On Your Own Self-Care
When it’s your own special day, focus on your own self-care and do what it is that makes you happiest. This is not the time to worry about other’s expectations of you. Instead, be good to yourself in the ways that put a smile on your face.
How are you celebrating your special days?
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