It's okay to feel whatever you're feeling about this season. For me, my emotions change often. Sometimes, I feel sad and wistful about a packed holiday season of parties and gatherings with friends and family. Other times, I get excited about a quieter Christmas with just my mom and my sister. And I try to count my blessings along the way—that I'm thankful to be employed, that my loved ones are healthy, and that I've (almost) made it through this year.
While our present situation might not be what we dream of when we think about celebrating the holidays, there are still ways to make this time special, no matter your beliefs or how you normally mark the occasion. You can embrace new memories and new ways of doing things and adapting. Get a little creative this year if you want to. You can also use this time to celebrate the way you want to and not worry too much about having the "perfect" setup. Give yourself permission to enjoy the season in a way that is most helpful and fulfilling to you.
To get in the spirit, I asked my colleagues what they were doing to make the holidays a little bit brighter for them and their loved ones. Maybe you can get some inspiration here. And we'd love to know how you're celebrating this season—send us a DM or comment @thethirty.