I love everything about the Festive Season and if you follow my blog you will know that I love getting the family together, baking goodies and in particular, the Christmas Cake and Christmas Pudding in memory of my Mum, making memories with my grandsons baking cookies for Santa.
This year was no exception and it started well with Mike’s side of the family Christmas get together. I then looked forward to spending Christmas day at my daughter’s and then Boxing Day at my son’s house. That was until…..
COVID became the Grinch of our Christmas
Mike was feeling off colour on Christmas morning, so decided to do a RAT test. We both did – mine came up negative but his immediately showed up POSITIVE!! It was not something we expected as we’ve been fortunate to go this long without contracting the virus and we have both had our vaccine and booster shots.
As he is 74 with health issues, I wasted no time in taking him to the hospital to be checked out and also to have the anti-viral medication prescribed. Here in Australia, medication is only available to those over 70 or who meet certain criteria.
To say I was devastated and disappointed that I would not be spending Christmas with my family would be an understatement. Mike felt guilty and disappointed as well. Both of these are normal reactions but when I calmed down I realised that there were many things to be grateful for this Christmas Day despite COVID.
However, it has been lovely scrolling through FB seeing the joyous photos of friends and family enjoying this special time of the year with their loved ones.
Why I’m grateful despite COVID being the Grinch of our Christmas
I could feel sorry for myself and if I’m honest I did at first. Then I pulled myself up and changed my attitude to one of gratitude. It isn’t easy trying to look at the positive side of things when life isn’t going well but taking the time yesterday, I reflected on the good things and it actually made me feel better.
I had so much to be grateful for.
- I am grateful that we could have Mike checked out Greenslopes Private Hospital and given the anti viral medication on Christmas Day.
- I am grateful the doctor said it is a mild case and could have been so much worse.
- I am grateful for technology so I could FaceTime with my darling grandsons and saw my daughter and son from afar.
- I am grateful that Rachel delivered our Christmas lunch so we didn’t miss out. It was delicious.
- I am grateful for festive wishes we received.
- I am grateful that the weather is fine and not the blizzards that North America is experiencing at the moment with some 26 dead.
- I am grateful that I can see my family any day of the year and missing one day, although a special day is not the end of the world.
Mike is fine (but bored) and is watching the Boxing Day Cricket Test – I hope Australia performs well! I’m keeping my distance and wearing a mask.
We will have a family Christmas when we can.
I hope you enjoyed your Christmas day but above all remember to appreciate the little things that really matter in life. You never know what life will throw at you.
With love and best wishes!