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What holiday season means to us this year

Finally, It is the season to be jolly. Everyone will feel festive and will feel mirthful once again after so long from being isolated from the pandemic. This season is going to be different and there will be more hope once again after so long. A long wait after the sad past two years with nothing but sorrows and painful memories that passed before us. Once again our lives will be filled with happy times for a great holiday. A good feeling is escalating and filling our heart and mind with positive expectations from this season. A year filled with multicultural holidays with cultures and different festivals to celebrate from, with our families and with our love once. A time for everyone to enjoy this year's holidays with happiness and with enjoyment in our heart, expecting to have a good time. A feeling of being so called normal again from the crucial past two years of pain and stranded from tragedies coronavirus. It made us vulnerable and made us isolated from people and from the world who we care and love most. To be able to spend time with them and being past the socialization outside of our family members wasn’t something to do in this pandemic. Because of the restriction for the pandemic, our holiday passed away with dull situations. Being home all day was very depressing and nerve racking. Celebrating the holiday alone, no relatives, no love once, no friends, no parties, no gathering and it was a completely awful situation. But, this year it seems that we can be hopeful, as the virus is slowly diminishing away and slowly everybody seems to be waking up from the nightmare of some sort. Hoping to spend this year holiday with families, relatives and with the loved ones for once again. There are so many cultures and so many different types of holidays to celebrate each and everyone of these holidays in this season that make everyone so happy and happy to be alive. Celebrating festivals without families and without friends is just so depressing. Just thinking about this year’s holiday made everyone revive from all the sorrows and unwanted painful memories from past years. There were almost two and half years of isolation at home by the pandemic of covid-19 virus which made people’s lives miserable and painful. Our lives were filled with bad news around us and pain with the situations around us was just so impeccably tragedies. An awful memory to remember which left us with so many losses. As also from the natural disasters around the world which made people worried for their future and for their love once. Especially for people who have been through so many tedious situations like death either in the family or among friends or relatives, some lost jobs, some were ill and some were stuck with the word crisis. These unwanted terrifying situations made the world terrified and it is something people will always remember. As also all the natural disasters in some parts of the world which also made people homeless, some were injured and wildlife became inhabitant. In the past two years it was a nightmare that seemed to pass before our lives which is so uncomfortable and unjustified. Everyone was stunned by the world crisis and the pandemic, holiday seasons came and passed without us even noticing it. Everyone was too occupied by the tragedies' situations all over the world and with all the people who were ill around us. Our lives were miserable for a while, we seemed to forget how to be happy and forgot to be who we are? Getting involved in any such socializing or with family members gathering, relatives, friends and with our love once are something we ever regret. Communication and noninvolvement made us forget our ways to be a so-called normal living lifestyle. To be able to meet with everyone, greet with everyone and be with anyone was pointless. I mean parks and fields were available for meeting with few people but from a distance or maintaining distance made it hard to bear. Covid restrictions complicated everybody’s life. Everything was closed, from schools, malls, movie theaters and social gathering places like; restaurants, clubs and party halls. People were busy with stocking foods, bad news or loss of jobs; stuck home all day with nothing to do. People were miserable from the virus and the economical downfalls, people’s health crisis, financial problems and the natural disaster all over the world. natural disasters like forest fires, insects eating away crofts in the fields and people’s tension seemed to grow and worrying for the future, worrying and expecting for the worst situation yet to come. People didn’t know what to expect and what to do in this situation? In these two and half years that passed by, made us realize who we are and how vulnerable we become from all the crisis around us. We forgot how to have fun and enjoy any celebration, because nothing seemed to matter before this pandemic. The feeling of how to be happy and the feeling of joy was impeccable with the hardship of life took some time away from us. Restrictions made our children’s life unhappy, being home for the whole day with nothing to do, especially during the winter where there was nothing to do or go anywhere that just made life miserable. School and recreation centers were closed, no activities or any types of recreation except digital gadgets for education and games which made life more terrifyingly uncomfortable for the children and for us. A whole day went by, occupied by either watching television or playing on the tablets. It was just the toughest time of our lives that will always remain as a tragic memory. As this is the same for adults too, who were home either facing this deadly disease, relative’s illnesses, facing economical problems and financial problems. All the holidays came and passed away. Halloween came then went by, Thanksgiving, Valentine, Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali, Easter, Eid and so many other types of religious festivals came by and went away without any fireworks or decoration or sound of any loud noises. Birthdays, anniversaries and many other types of function that came by but no one celebrated because of the restrictions from the pandemic. Everyday we would hope that when everything would become normal again and so we could meet, greet and have fun again. Waiting eagerly for the vaccine to come and rescue us from this tragedies situation. Staying home and staying isolated aren't something we can ever expect of anymore. This pandemic taught us the value of being around people and caring for people so much. Slowly this isolation taught us valuable lessons about life, about family and about relationships which matters the most. Slowly as the vaccine came and treated people from this situation of this year's Covid virus. It is still there but a small number of people are affected and the risk of spreading is low. As the schools and urgent services started to reopen. The heavy drought summer of 2021 in some places made it a little tough but the feeling of the holiday seems to be picking up and reviving for a good time to come before us. As the time of all the flu and the covid virus slowly diminishes from the world and from our lives. Everything is slowly becoming normal as it seems: the malls, the movie theater, schools and social gatherings like restaurants are all reopening for business. First Halloween, diwali, thanksgiving and other holidays seem to be escalating the fun and the celebration of happy times with festiveness. We are not sure what to expect next but surely people are getting hopes up and having happy thoughts for this new beginning. Learning to be around people and learning to be part of the small gatherings as the restriction fading away. Inviting people over or invited by other’s places made us feel good to be able to socialize once again. Being around people and being around love once, just makes us happy and fulfilled. Even thinking about it makes me happy. I don’t know about the rest of the people but without mixing with and not meeting anyone for so long made me feel suffocated, isolated and unhappy.

I mean the holiday is nothing without being around with your loved ones. This season slowly picks up all the sorrows and pushes them away with the charm of the happiness in our heart. A season with the love and blessing from the people who we care for the most and to have a festive holiday season with them to celebrate our lives. A holiday means spending time with families, friends and loved ones can be a great joy that erases the sorrowful memories from the past. Holiday season is in the air and everyone is planning to have fun and have a great time. Have a wonderful holiday season!

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