The season is upon us. We would be welcoming family and friends into our homes. This year we must find a way to welcome Joy without them. The virus necessitates the need for distancing which can make us long even more for the closeness we crave at the holidays. Find a way to welcome joy into your hearts and homes.
Welcome joy by giving. Give at food pantries or shelters.
Welcome joy by connecting. It may not be in person, but a card or digital connection will gladden the heart.
To Buy or Not to Buy?
Joy is found in both giving and receiving. Though we may not be able to gather, a gift sent or received can make the holidays feel more normal. Gifts don’t have to be bought. A gift made with the heart and hands may be treasured even more this year.
When shopping for those special somethings, don’t forget to do something special for yourself. A cozy pair of socks can make staying home a little more comfortable. Perhaps a treasure for making your home more festive. Whatever you decide, try to support local businesses, craftspeople and artisans, life is much more difficult for them right now.
If you are looking for a little something to decorate your home, check out my little Santa ornaments. They will put a smile on your face.
Or perhaps get yourself or a loved one a new book to curl up and read over the quieter winter months. The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators have a special event going on right now that will support many up and coming artists as well as those who have been on the scene for a while, called SCBWI bookstop. Check it out and welcome the joy of words and art this season.