A Message from LB NAACP President Naomi Rainey: Celebrating the Holidays in the Times of Covid-19

Naomi Rainey PortraitThe holidays are often a time of gathering with our friends and family, eating good food and sharing laughter while staying cozy indoors. But in 2020 during the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, our usual ways of sharing the joy of the holiday season could be particularly risky in perpetuating the spread of this virus. Yet, while it is up to us, the people, to help stop the spread of COVID-19 so that it can be brought under control, it does not mean that we cannot still find new and creative ways to safely enjoy this holiday season. We can still pull out those boxes of Christmas lights to hang up out outside or set up a Christmas tree and other holiday décor inside our homes and appreciate the time we get to spend at home with the members of our households this holiday season. Instead of going to a Christmas gathering or tree lighting ceremony in the park, we could hop in the car and drive through local neighborhoods to marvel at everybody’s holiday decorations. Or get on the phone and finally call your grandpa or your mom or your best friend whom you’ve been meaning to call for weeks and catch up with them. Maybe you are savvy with the computer – set up a family Zoom meeting so you can all mingle and catch up with one another virtually to stay protected from the risk of exposure to COVID-19. If you like to cook or bake, try whipping up a festive entrée or dessert to deliver to family and friends this holiday season – just make sure to wear your masks and maintain proper social distancing, or if possible, leave the food on the porch to make it a completely contactless delivery. Of course, it is tough to stay at home during this time when we look forward to gathering and spending quality time with family and friends, but by doing so we are protecting the health of those we love as well as our own health. If we take charge and sit out on the gatherings for this 2020 holiday season and instead opt for virtual or socially distanced ways of celebrating, we can protect the health of those around us so that when the 2021 holiday season comes around, we may be able to celebrate again with the cozy gatherings and warm laughter that we love.