December has always been very special to me, a month full of hope and warmth. Unfortunately, December this year is definitely way much different. It is surprising enough that the pandemic stays longer than it is expected, or even worse. However, the holiday season is not cancelled, meaning that celebrating Christmas and New Year is still possible. Unlike all others, Christmas this year should be celebrated safely. Many people or families have decided to celebrate individually or in a small group, instead of in large groups.
This also happens to me and my family in Sweden. We have decided to enjoy the feast at home with less people. The highlight of Christmas in Sweden is celebrated on the Christmas Eve (Julafton), December 24th. Before the pandemic happened, we used to book Julbord either in a restaurant, hotel, or castle. Julbord is variety of delicious foods which served in a buffet style for everyone to eat during the Christmas season. The pandemic itself has actually brought different vibes during this festive season. Needless to say, some restrictions and health protocols must inevitably be followed because those are everyone’s responsibility to prevent the virus infections.
Regardless it might seem less fun due to the restriction or not, we can still spread the joy and holiday spirit during this Christmas, and indeed Christmas is always a season to be jolly. I do hope that everyone can get the opportunity to reconnect with family and friends under this stressful year, both virtually or in a small gathering. For those of you who struggling during the pandemic and pain this year, I hope you recover soon and feel better, and remember that you are allowed to slow down and take your time as long as you want. Moreover, I have also made some Christmas-themed illustrations to feel the magical Christmas atmosphere and do let me know what you think. Last but not least, to all my readers, I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. See you soon in 2021! 😊🎄🎅✨🎉