Right now it is more important than ever for us all to find ways to have celebrations at home especially if we have children. Right now so much in life is challenging and celebrations are fun, a form of escape, and something for individuals to look forward to. Celebrations allow us to feel united no matter the distances between us.
Classic Celebrations Birthdays:
We have to look at how we can spin the age-old tradition of birthdays. How these can be done from home will depend on whose birthday it is. For example, if it is for an adult birthday you might get family all in on a phone call and spend time telling stories and happy memories of the individual. For others, creativity might be key such as for kids birthdays you might have the child pick a game they like to play and play it together as a family. Even if the game is not one you are familiar with or good at you and your child will have a good time spending time together.
Classic Celebrations Holidays:
Soon holidays such as Easter and Passover will be here and these are more important than ever to celebrate. You may even find that while you may not have done much for these holidays in the past, this year you feel a calling to celebrate and feel connected with a community or tradition which is bigger than yourself. This year’s celebrations are going to look different but that just means we have a chance to try something new. How might you incorporate your children into these holidays in a new way. You might have an inside easter egg hunt of encouragement where eggs are handmade messages of love instead of traditional candy etc. You might also have your children create a story or play about the holiday or create art which you can take a picture of and share with family and friends to bring a little hope. You might just share the history of the traditions that have been passed down through time. (And if you don’t know this history turn to faithful google)
This is also an amazing time to create new celebrations both big and small. You can celebrate the movement of time such as new months or full moons or just the end of each week to help you switch from work from home to weekend from home. You can also celebrate small achievements such as completing a challenging task for work, cleaning, spending time on a hobby you used to love but never found the time for. These celebrations might include a nice cup of tea or hot cocoa, burning a nice candle, journaling, or enjoying one sweet item. Celebrations do not have to be complicated and stressful, instead they can be simple, calming, and helpful in creating a routine.
Right now it is also important to celebrate kindness in all its forms. You might simply say thank you to someone who has done you a good deed, message someone about they have impacted you, or call someone about how they are right now really brighten your day. While random acts of kindness have always played an important role in our lives kindness is needed even more deeply right now. We all are struggling with everything that is happening and being told I see you, I see what you are doing and how it is making my life better, makes us all feel better about ourselves and about humanity generally. As Mr Rogers always said “Always look for the helpers” and I would add always celebrate and honor the helpers too.