All I want for Christmas…How to Survive Christmas 2020

It’s here again, as it is every year whether we want it or not. A time of religious celebrations, family gatherings, precious time with friends, pure agony or simply a pause for reflection before we start a New Year. Whatever your attitude, it’s here nonetheless.

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I don’t need to tell you that this year, things are different…very different.

It seems like a lifetime and yet 5 minutes ago that we were celebrating Christmas last year the same way we usually do, whatever that means to you. And for the most part, we were joyously naïve to the collective battle the World would have on it’s hands in 2020.

2020 has been a global challenge, felt by every person occupying our ever shrinking World. We could be with relatives or friends on the other side of the World in hours, dine out with favourite people, moan about spending the day travelling between loved ones. No mention of social distancing, hand gel, Covid-19.

So, this Christmas, my advice to you is stop for a second and instead of simply battling to get through the holiday, waiting for things to get better in 2021.


And think…

All of the things that are making us unhappy about 2020 are reasons to rejoice and celebrate. How can you make a difference moving forward? Who needs to know how much they are missed and loved? What changes can you make to ensure that you grab life by the horns and ride free?

And not forgetting those of you who are finding quiet peace in the scaled down festivities. How can you honour yourself moving forward and lose the things that you haven’t missed?

Because know this. By this time next year, our oddly all-encompassing 2020 will be a distant memory but a memory all the same.

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How will you make sure that you remember with a smile what 2020 gave you the courage to do?

Sarah Terry is a School Counsellor and Author who works in Central England. Her interests include Counselling and Psychology, Personality Types, walking and Yoga and Meditation. Find out more here

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