Amanda Cade

Worth It! (Things to try, read, watch, hear, and discuss)

My December calendar is always pretty full, and this year is no exception, but boy does it look different. Here are just a few of the interesting things on my schedule:

My friends, family, coworkers and I are determined to be creative and adapt our holiday traditions as best we can during this crazy year (and boy am I grateful that Amazon offers gift wrapping).

This week, I’d really like to hear from all of you. How are you planning for the 2020 holiday season? What are you changing and how are you adapting? What ideas can you share about safely spreading holiday cheer? Let’s talk about it!

18 thoughts on “Worth Discussing: Holidays 2020 Style

  1. Jennie says:

    Merry Christmas to you, Amanda. Everything will be on Zoom, from gift opening to dinner with friends.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Merry Christmas to you, too! I’m grateful every day for the technology that helps us stay connected.

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  2. kagould17 says:

    Timely post Amanda. Some Gloomy Gus types state that 2020 Christmas has been stolen from them by the government. If that is the case, we did it to ourselves by not taking the matter seriously enough from the beginning. My thought is, Christmas is alive and well, it is just different this year. Thank goodness for the tech that surrounds us, as it is finally proving useful. We are now in the midst of a 4 week lockdown here. We can still go out for necessities but, can not visit with anyone outside our bubble, either indoors or outdoors. We have been decorating our Christmas tree slowly, so as to enjoy the process and the transformation. We have also been video chatting and phoning more than in past years. I talked with 2 elderly aunties and an elderly uncle (100 in Feb 2021) yesterday and we made each other’s day. We will video chat with our kids for Christmas, but will also don our Christmas onesies and deliver some gifts and Christmas waves to others from their driveway. Meanwhile, we watch an endless litany of Hallmark Christmas movies to get in the spirit. Christmas is a feeling and we definitely have it. Stay well Amanda and have a Merry Christmas. Allan

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      “Different” and “gone” are definitely not the same thing. I’m finding that the challenges involved, and the need to be creative, are actually increasing my connections and activity this month. While last year a single dinner with a handful of people might be all I could fit into an evening, now I’m having virtual events with two or three different groups. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of this year’s activities end up becoming new traditions.

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  3. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    Honestly, I’ve been living since March like nothing’s been going on. Plan to keep doing it.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Hands down the strangest year of my life, and that’s saying something. I hope the season treats you well.

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      1. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

        I guess I’m used to strange lol! Almost 20 years of army life helps 🤦‍♂️

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  4. AzureVivacious says:

    Those are great ideas! I am at home with my immediate family, so we will have a small meal and a small secret Santa. We watch Elf or A Christmas Story, usually.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I love both of those movies!!!

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  5. J Balconi says:

    I’m heading to my hometown, as is my youngest sibling, and we’re staying with our elderly parents. Nothing has changed except there was no cross-country get-togethers for Thanksgiving or Chanukah, and I’ll have to talk to a couple of people through screendoors (high-risk relatives live with them).

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Safe travels to you and your family.

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  6. While I sadly can’t go to my annual Christmas party, I do plan on sending more people a personalized Christmas messages. Along with the usual baking and shopping. My immediate family and I are planning on seeing Wonder Woman 1984 in theaters as soon as it comes out. Merry Christmas!

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Personalized messages are great! I’m super excited about Wonder Woman, but I’ll be watching it at home on HBO.

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  7. Simon says:

    I dunno really, I’ve not planned anything differently just not planning anything lol…

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Nothing wrong with a quiet and relaxing holiday season. Wishing you all the best!

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      1. Simon says:

        Thanks, I hope you have a good one too 🙂

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  8. It’s been forever! Hope you’re doing well!

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