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Three Reasons to Get Excited for the Holiday Season

It's been a tough year for everyone, and it's natural to worry that even the most wonderful time of year will be much less cheerful than we're used to. The holidays have always been a time to put aside our worries and spend time with those we love most, but that may not even be possible if there is another surge of COVID or travel is impacted. Those with disabilities or members of vulnerable populations are still in quarantine, and that may not change anytime soon. On top of health anxiety, there's also financial worries, school uncertainty and unemployment affecting millions of people around the country. It's understandable for anyone to be overwhelmed, depressed and even ready to skip the holidays altogether. But we're here to spread a little joy and tell you why the 2020 holidays are worth celebrating.

We've Overcome So Much

December will mark almost a year since the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States. Even those who have lost friends and family can take this time to remember their loved ones, appreciate those who are still here and admire how far we've all come in such a difficult situation. For those who haven't fallen sick, it is an even greater occasion to recognize the blessing of good health and spend our wellness in the presence of others we care about.

Financial difficulties have affected millions of families, and it's more important to save money now than ever. There are ways you can do this far before the holidays, too, such as getting a side gig or refinancing student loans. Refinancing can help you save money for years to come rather than offering a temporary quick-fix. To embrace a humbler season, encourage family members to make homemade gifts for one another instead. Time spent together is far more valuable and memorable than anything you can get from a store.

It's a Chance to Feel Normal Again

Quarantine, social distancing and new rules and regulations can make even basic things feel foreign and scary. Returning to beloved holiday traditions will be a breath of fresh air. Drinking hot chocolate, listening to your favorite songs, decorating and making family recipes will remind you that although things are different, some things never change. The return to something comforting and familiar will also help provide added structure to kids' routines. Being a kid is especially strange right now with so much happening they can't control. The holidays are a chance to provide everyone in the family with a sense of safety and peace.

They Will Be More About Actions Than Gifts

You may be able to online shop for presents, but there will likely not be a Black Friday or chance to pack into malls and stores. This means there will be greater emphasis on what the season is about; being with your loved ones, even on video chat, can help you appreciate this time of year more. Those who were already fed up with the over-commercialized Christmas season will find this break from the usual refreshing.

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