Virus. Quarantine. Social distancing. Masks. Temp checks.
We have become experts at a completely new language this year, as well as learning new skills such as bread baking, Zooming or Netflix bingewatching. We learned how to multitask working from home and teaching the kids. We spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on online purchases, and anxious hours searching for toilet paper and hand sanitizer at stores that were sold out across the nation.
And while nearly every aspect of life across the globe has had to change in light of the coronavirus pandemic, it is also sure to affect and change holiday get-togethers and traditions. But that doesn't mean it has canceled the holiday spirit.
In fact, we may need to lean into holiday spirit now more than ever, as many people feel challenged by stress, anxiety, fear and depression.
The holidays can still happen, even if those traditions have to be kept in different ways this year. That's why The Journal Gazette staff is relaunching its annual Holidaze blog, full of advice on shopping trends, the retail sales outlook, personal insights and anything else we think you might find interesting.
While 2020 will surely be one we'll never forget, hopefully our Holidaze blog can make it just a little bit easier to get through the challenges of this year.
About the blog
Regular contributors: Jessica Garvin, Lisa Green, Sherry Slater and Ashley Sloboda, but you may see input from other staffers too.
Reader feedback: If you have your own thoughts to share, feel free to reach out using the email addresses at the end of the blogs.
Where to find it: At www.journalgazette.net. Click the gray bar labeled blogs, then click HoliDaze.