Despite 2020’s Challenges, Tradition Remains

This year has been a change from the ordinary for all of us. A year that began with New Year’s resolutions focused on exercising, learning a new skill or healthy eating, has turned into a year full of washing our hands, binge-watching new Netflix series, baking bread and learning the correct way to wear a mask. To say this year has been full of challenges is an understatement, but while they make look different, one thing remains – traditions.

For some the global pandemic has pushed families apart, if only just physically, and for others it has brought them closer together – and sometimes maybe too close. Are you over sharing a one-bedroom apartment with your significant other who always interrupts your Zoom meetings? Does your dog request to go on walks multiple times per day now that you are working from home?

Despite the many challenges you and your family may have faced during this unpredictable year, you’ve learned to adapt and put a new spin on old traditions. Whether it’s drive-by birthday celebrations, Zoom weddings with friends or socially distanced holidays outside, our traditions look a little different this year. See a few new takes on old holiday activities below:

  • Baking Cookies: Consider baking a classic family cookie recipe with loved ones over Zoom. Talk through baking techniques and share holiday memories together.
  • Light Shows: Consider heading to one of the many holiday lights shows in your area. Get hot chocolate from your favorite local spot and enjoy the lights from the comfort and safety of your car.
  • Cocktails for Carryout: While watching the ball drop (or acorn if you’re local) in person may be out of the question this year, there are still great options to ring in 2021 and leave 2020 in the past. In North Carolina Governor Cooper approved restaurants and bars to sell mixed drinks for carryout and delivery. So, shop local, get your champagne or margarita delivered straight to your door, and get your socially distanced celebration on. It’s better than freezing outside anyway!

Tradition serves as a way for us to create lasting memories with our families and friends and provides us time to reflect on the past year. Whatever form your holiday takes this year, consider using the last week of 2020 to reflect on what you are thankful for and think ahead to new traditions you can start fresh in 2021.