What a year it has been!
With the overwork and overwhelm associated with the pandemic and a redesign of holiday traditions over the past 20 months, this is an ideal time to examine Holidays and Happy Days going forth. What traditions changed for you in 2020? Were you socially distanced and away from family and friends for birthdays, major holidays like Thanksgiving, and New Year’s? How did you welcome 2021, with open arms and a clean slate, or with the memories of a horrific year?
Thanksgiving is so much more than turkey, fixings, and a football game. Thanksgiving is about family values and gatherings. If we cannot gather, how do we celebrate? We discovered ways in which to celebrate in 2021 with virtual dinners, small, but limited, group meetings. The holiday looked different, and so did Hanukkah, which was remote and lively. So too will Christmas and New Year’s be unique experiences! Facetime played a big part in celebrations, adding the ability to connect in real-time. What can we do to ensure safety as well as quality time with those near and dear to us this holiday season and beyond?
- Define expectations – discuss safety precautions and make efforts to reduce risk. Ask for adherence to masking and social distancing
- Adhere to guidelines – keep everyone safe with masks, vaccination, cleaning surfaces, handwashing, and taking a raincheck if you are not well
- Create new ways to enjoy the holidays – become a “pod” with your family only in a single household gathering, or meet at a distance using one of the platforms readily available
- Safe travels – stay at home if possible; practice precautions, and if needed postpone your holiday
We’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to collaborate with new colleagues throughout Western Europe, North America, and beyond. This year we’ve expanded our network, relationships, and our outputs. It’s been a pleasure to present over 75 programs virtually to pharma, health care, and medical device professionals throughout the world.
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I recall a year in which we postponed our family’s Hanukkah celebration until January; this was years before the current pandemic, but due to a family member’s illness, it was just not possible. When we did enjoy the festivities the following January, we were so grateful for the chance to be together again. As you make plans to celebrate holidays and happy days with those near and dear to you, think about expectations, guidelines, creative ways to enjoy one another, and safety. May the New Year be one of joy, blessings, and good health – the greatest blessing of all.
We thank you for inviting us to be a part of your 2021 events (virtually or hybrid), and we welcome the chance to collaborate with you again in 2022!
Happy Holidays; Happy Days are ahead!