How to find joy this Christmas

With Christmas around the corner, many people are finding that they just can’t seem to get into the holiday spirit. Holiday festivities that people normally look forward to have been canceled, family gatherings have become more complicated, and the rising number of positive cases in this area have made many uneasy.

Personally, I have been able to get into the holiday spirit thanks to the enthusiasm of my younger siblings, but I know several people who aren’t as fortunate. However, I believe that everyone can still find joy this Christmas. How? By shifting your focus.

Instead of lamenting about what you can and can’t do, focus on what you are able to do. Be grateful for the family that you are able to visit, and don’t spend too much time obsessing over those you can’t see.

This is my family’s first Christmas without my great-grandmother. Not only that, but my uncle, aunt and cousins in Virginia won’t be coming down either. I miss them, of course, but I’m also thankful for my grandparents, uncle, aunt, and cousins that I do get to see, and I’m going to make the most of my time with them.

Additionally, this past Thanksgiving was the first time I’d seen some of my extended family on my mom’s side since last Christmas Eve. Some of them still didn’t come, but I didn’t waste my Thanksgiving moaning and groaning about not getting to see them. Instead, I took advantage of every moment I was able to have with everyone else.

Also, take time to enjoy the little things that make Christmas merry. A pandemic can’t stop you from decorating your house, baking cookies, or driving around to see Christmas lights. You can even start a new, COVID-19 friendly tradition with your family and make new memories.

Finally, for those of you who are Christians, don’t forget the true meaning of Christmas, and find joy in sharing that true meaning with others. Having to celebrate differently doesn’t change the fact that Jesus came to earth as a baby to save humanity. In fact, this year is the perfect opportunity to share that good news with others so that they can find joy too. Don’t conform to the world’s attitude towards Christmas 2020; make the world change their attitude instead.

Of course, I can tell you how to find joy, but you’ll only find it if you take my words to heart. Don’t just read about how to find joy; go out there and find it. The choice is yours.