Give the Gift of Connection This Holiday Season
GIVE THE GIFT OF CONNECTION THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
The COVID-19 pandemic has turned life as we know it on its head, including the holidays. Many of us won’t travel or gather as we traditionally do to see friends and loved ones. And as such, we may be on the hunt for ideas that forge a connection, despite separation and miles during what should be a cherished and memorable time of year.
Here are some ideas that might help you stay close at heart to the ones you love and cherish the most.
According to an article in the JSTOR Daily, the first commercially produced holiday card was designed in 1843. It featured an illustration of people toasting the holidays with the message along the bottom that read, “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You.”
Soon after, the idea of sending holiday cards near and far caught on as a way to celebrate the season and connect with friends and loved ones. Holiday greeting cards became a convenient, cost-effective way to stay in touch.
Over the years, the concept of sending and receiving holiday cards has become somewhat of a lost art, especially with the advent of e-cards and social media. However, this year might be the perfect time to restart this tradition.
You can purchase cards or make them yourself. Regardless, sending a card is an easy, affordable touchpoint and a way to say “hello” and “happy holidays” to a close friend or relative you may not be able to see this year.
Winne Parks, CEO of PaperSource, a popular cardmaking and stationery company, was recently interviewed for an article in Bloomberg News about the spike her business has experienced in greeting card sales since the pandemic began.
“One of the great silver linings out of this is the time for people to slow down and go back to the basics,” she said in the article.
So, if you’re looking to supplement those video chats with a little something extra, consider sending holiday cards to let others know you’re thinking about them.
Taking the time to handcraft a gift is another way to feel connected as we continue to quarantine and socially distance ourselves from others this season. Homemade gifts aren’t something novel, but they may hold more meaning than something purchased.
If you’ve picked up an old hobby or started a new one during the lockdowns, you could put it to good use, making one-of-a-kind treasures for your friends and loved ones.
What about giving a gift that tells a story? Have you ever thought about giving your mom, dad, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or close friend the gift of their personal history?
It may sound like a daunting task: gathering anecdotes, collecting photos, and capturing quotes. Don’t let this stop you, though. You can enlist a writing service to put together this keepsake your loved one and future generations will cherish for years to come. They will do all the work for you – interview your loved one, transcribe the notes, and produce a professional, personalized custom book that captures favorite moments, life wisdom, and funny stories.
The end product is sure to make you and your loved one feel more connected.
Impact on Mental Health
Without a doubt, the holidays this year are going to be strange. We will not be able to partake in many of the holiday traditions we have in years past, and many of us may feel out of sorts.
Engaging in activities like sending holiday cards, making handmade gifts, and giving a loved one a treasured keepsake of a personal biography are all ways you strengthen bonds with family and others you hold dear.
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