Updated: Sep 29, 2020
I love Fall, but a big part of that is because to me, it means that Thanksgiving, and then Christmas, are just around the corner. I also love the cooler weather. Where I live in the Central Valley of California, we are still dealing with temps in the 90's this week. Ugh.
I've been thinking a lot lately about what the holidays are going to look like, this year. For my immediate family, I'm sure we'll all be together to celebrate during the season. I'm very grateful for that. However, some things just won't be the same.
I don't know about you, but my 2020 has not been the best year, ever. We lost my sweet dad in August, the day after my youngest grandson's first birthday. Dad was bedridden the past few years and his sweet wife, Mary took such great care of him. I'm so thankful he's no longer suffering or in pain, but it's never easy to lose a parent. With the pandemic, it's just ridiculously hard. Dad didn't want a funeral, but we would have liked to have held a celebration of his life, with all of our family and friends. Unfortunately, that will have to wait. Instead, my sister and I, with our husbands, are heading over to Pismo Beach, to visit with Mary, my stepmom, and bury Dad's ashes in a few weeks.
Then, just this week, my sweet Aunt Rachel passed away. She was my mom's oldest sister. They have six other siblings, most of whom live within an hour of each other. I have no idea if or how a service will be planned for Aunt Rachel, but she had become the matriarch of this very large extended family. I want to squeeze and hug my sweet cousins (her children) and their children (her grandchildren.) And all of my other aunts and uncles and cousins. Virtual hugs just don't cut it at times like these.
So, while I was feeling sorry for myself, thinking about the upcoming holiday season, and how different it's going to be, I was reminded of a phrase that one of my Soroptimist sisters came up with, as a subtitle to our annual holiday luncheon this year: Holidazed 2020. It is such an apropos title. Not just for the luncheon that will mostly be a virtual event, but also for the entire 2020 holiday season.
So, I created this Holidazed 2020 design today, with the thought that I would print it on some shirts for my Soroptimist Sisters, which I definitely plan to do. But then, I liked the design so much, I started playing around with it. I made several mock-ups of the design on different shirts, hoodies and even coffee mugs. Somehow, it has cheered me up a bit, so I thought I'd share with you all here. (Frankly, I'll be glad to say adios to 2020! I sincerely hope and pray that 2021 brings only health and joy to everyone I love.)