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12/10/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 12/10/2020 15:43

Bah Humbug

Play­ing it safe for the upcom­ing hol­i­days- Hanukkah, Christ­mas, Kwanza, New Year's and beyond- seems like the biggest killjoy for fes­tive social gath­er­ings.

Pub­lic health mes­sages, man­dates and restric­tions have been great about advis­ing on what not to do.

Newly issued county and state orders push the 'stay at home' behav­ior mod­els for pre­vent­ing more COVIDesca­la­tion.

We hear of the no-no's and high risk behav­iors to avoid. Once those are spelled out, we can mod­ify activ­ity. What about atten­tion paid to what we can do?

This newest round of pub­lic lock­downs comes as COVIDfatigue and resent­ment peaks. Humans are social crea­tures.

These past months have been stress­ful and iso­lat­ing. Our col­lec­tive strong desire is to be with fam­ily, friends and loved ones for rit­ual and cel­e­bra­tion.

Stay focused on how to mit­i­gate health risks while being able to con­nect with oth­ers. Decid­ing on how to best approach the hol­i­days isn't an easy con­ver­sa­tion to have with much dis­agree­ment among house­holds.

Avoid gath­er­ings, espe­cially indoor gath­er­ings. Prac­tice phys­i­cal dis­tanc­ing, wear masks, wash your hands. Those are the basic core tenets to be fol­lowed. How we move past those is what counts next.

Try­ing some­thing new this year may become an expe­ri­ence worth repeat­ing.

Food is cen­tral to every cel­e­bra­tion. Try cook­ing together-​apart. Make any hol­i­day favorite dish with some­one via Zoom or Face­time. Con­ver­sa­tions flow when we are in the kitchen.

Cook­ies and sweet treats are per­fect dec­o­rat­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties. Set up a con­test with pho­tos of the final prod­ucts for judg­ing. A deliv­ery ahead of sam­ple treats for judges greases the skids.

Look for more ways to dis­tance cook, bake and make foods that com­fort and close the iso­la­tion gap.

Table set­tings are impor­tant as we adhere to stripped down ver­sions of hol­i­day tra­di­tions. Linens, glass­ware and once a year décor ele­ments bring us around to remem­brance, grat­i­tude and health pri­or­i­ties. Set a table with pho­tos of those away at at a dis­tance. No travel required but framed faces can see them­selves dur­ing a pre-​set Face­time call.

Fewer oblig­a­tions and events around the com­ing days may actu­ally pro­vide some nec­es­sary stress relief. The per­fect alibi for avoid­ing mad gift-​shopping and elab­o­rate meals is the 'play­ing it safe' card. Exer­cise the pre­rog­a­tive to remain vig­i­lant against risky behav­iors. Set a dif­fer­ent stan­dard.

There is plenty of com­mu­nity need for food. Take advan­tage of gift­ing to orga­ni­za­tions that pro­vide sup­port (meals, cloth­ing, ser­vices, etc.) to those lack­ing of basic needs. Dona­tions in the name of oth­ers is a trib­ute sur­viv­ing COVID.

Share the love. Stay Safe. Happy Holidays.