Greetings! The holidays are upon us but they seem a bit different to me this year. I am not sure if it's because of the warm weather or if it's something else. Maybe it's the supply chain issues.
This year's shopping experience is definitely different. I have to admit, in past years I have gotten caught up in frenetic holiday shopping and decorating, but this year things are so much different with the empty shelves.
I happened to stop into Hobby Lobby on Friday night on my way home from the hospital, and the shelves were bare. The silver lining is that maybe we will spend more time with family and friends, enjoying one another's company, as opposed to all of the typical frenetic running around. Family and friends, peace, and love are what the holidays are supposed to be about anyway, right?
The devastating tornadoes in AR, TN, and KY over the weekend also helps remind us what really matters. And fortunately, it does not seem as though Covid will be preventing us from enjoying the season. Even Dr. Scrooge Fauci has changed his earlier admonitions about getting together with family over the holidays and is now declaring that we can enjoy family gatherings this year as long as we check vaccine cards at the door!
While the news continues to report on the Omicron variant, to date, we are not seeing any spike in hospital admissions following Thanksgiving, and let's face it, Omicron was likely here well before South Africa even reported on the variant.
Also, from what I can tell, Omicron does not seem to be associated with the severity of illness seen with Delta. So I hope everyone is able to enjoy these last few weeks of 2021. It's hard to believe that another year is upon us.
And while this time last year we were hoping for vaccines and an end to Covid, as we enter 2022 we are faced with the reality that Covid will likely never disappear but become a way of life, along with the flu. What does remain in question are the mandates on vaccinations and masks, and I guess we'll have to wait for these battles to work their way through the courts.
So before we get on with our busy week, I just wanted to share a few of my favorite holiday things and traditions. The first is my love of the movie "Love Actually." We watched it as a family Saturday evening. Another is my obsession with pine scented candles. While I love the smell of a real tree, I hate the maintenance, so I have traded in a real fraser fir tree for a bunch of Thymes candles!
I did find some pine candles at Trader Joes yesterday, and they're pretty great, too! One last tradition is to indulge in a hand blown glass ornament every year from Simon Pearce. Simon Pearce is a company that began in Quechee, Vermont, in close proximity to my alma mater, Dartmouth. The original glass blowing works are located along the Quechee River, and I remember going to Simon Pearce in college and being mesmerized by the beauty.
There also was (and still is) a restaurant at Simon Pearce, which was magical. At this time of the year, I am reminded of the splendid beauty of the VT and NH mountains. And while I love the climate in Charleston, and do not even mind the heat of summer, I still associate Christmas with snow and cold weather.
Just now I buy an ornament from Simon Pearce versus suffering through frigid temps!
I hope everyone has a great week, and hope you enjoy our 12 days of xmas! And here's a little video to get you in the holiday spirit: