The holiday season is upon us. With it comes happiness, joy, festivities and fellowship with family and friends. For so many, it also brings sadness and feelings of loss. It is a time of reflection on the many memories that make us who we are today.
Memories of childhood, traditions and family members who are no longer with us may flood our thoughts during this time of year. It may be your first holiday season without a parent, spouse or child. It may be the distance of family members that keeps you from celebrating the season together. You may be sharing the holiday season with a loved one who is suffering from dementia or another illness. Everyone has a different story and life experiences that bring thoughts of happiness and also sadness.
Finding the joy in the season can seem difficult and distant. If you have a loved one who may be experiencing anxiety, depression or feelings of isolation, reach out with a phone call. If possible, extend an invitation for lunch or a meal during the holiday season. Taking by dinner or a couple meals can mean so much. Would your loved one enjoy visiting with your children? Maybe a drive to enjoy holiday lights? Possibly someone to shop with?
Maybe your mother was the host for many holidays and now you are hosting the family at your house. Involve the entire family in meal preparation. Cooking together, reflecting on family recipes and sharing memories of past celebrations can bring good memories.
Think about those around you that may be alone this season or that may enjoy a little company over the next month. If you are unsure what they may enjoy and how you can share the holiday with them, consider just asking. Talk about what you both would enjoy doing together. Share the joy of this time of year with others!