Before Breakfast - Celebrate in different ways

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Welcome to before breakfast a production of iHeartRadio.

Good morning. This is Laura. Welcome to the before breakfast podcast today is to find new ways to celebrate the holidays a lot will need to change this year. But by thinking ahead you increase the chances of feeling contented rather than disappointed.

Many of my listeners are celebrating Halloween this weekend Thanksgiving in November and Christmas or Hanukkah in December the last 10 weeks of the year are pretty much packed with such thing. It's always a fun festive time. But this year many things will have to change people won't throw big parties parades another concerts might be canceled or look different anything with a crowd is suspect and many people won't want to travel even if it looks like research is showing that flying is relatively safe.

None of this is breaking news. We've obviously lived with the reality of a pandemic for a while now, but the holidays also feature tons of traditions. These are things that we do the same way year after year because they are so ingrained we don't necessarily think about them until the holidays are upon us. So the next few weeks are going to bring some big realization that I owe after 10 years of going to the Joneses holiday party. The Joneses aren't going to be able to have a big holiday party the kids always sit on Santa's lap, but there won't be any sitting on Santa's lap last year. For example, I got my family tickets to all sorts of crowded favorite indoor holiday events, like a performance of The Nutcracker a classical choral concert Disney on Ice Cirque du Soleil.

With my city restricting all large Gatherings. These are not likely to happen. This could certainly make the end-of-the-year feel even more woeful that it already will but here's the thing. We know this realization is coming up and if you know it you can plan to deal with it. There are plenty of options for celebrating in different ways. And if you proactively plan in enough fun stuff that can be done the absence of what can't be done won't seem quite so difficult to deal with

My family is doing this with Halloween when I realized that some of the usual Adventures like a Halloween parade or my husband's office Halloween party wouldn't be happening. We hunted for other events where we could wear our costumes we wound up doing a drive-through Halloween parade going to a ghost gathering at a local botanical garden and getting tickets for museums socially distanced Halloween event.

With enough fun stuff stacked up the holiday couldn't help but still feel really fun. We're taking the same approach with Christmas. I'm pretty sure we'll wind up doing lots of outdoor festive stuff and just bundling up it will still feel like Christmas and that will be good.

So today think about the upcoming holidays, you might be celebrating think about what traditions you do automatically and think about which might have to change think about what you can do instead that will be really fun and meaningful.

You just might come up with some new stuff that you want to keep when all this is over and the normal Traditions are possible.

That would be the best of both worlds.

In the meantime, this is Laura. Thanks for listening. And here's to making the most of our time.

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