DECODING OUR 2020 wreath
Needless to say, 2020 was a year like no other for most of us. Never before have we been forced to separate ourselves from the rest of the world for so long. This period of time was difficult for all of us. For all of us, it was because of the shared reasons beyond our control. For others it was because of additional and varying factors. One thing is for certain, we were all affected, the only difference being the degree to which we felt the impacts of 2020. Our family was no different.
Well the Santa Family are an optimistic and tightly knit bunch, and despite all the year had to throw at us, we stayed safe, grew even closer together as a family, and made memories that will last a lifetime. So, when it was time to think about what our family time capsule wreath might look like for the year that shall not be named, we had some clear ideas and themes for what we wanted it to whisper to us in Christmases future.
To begin the process, I asked the girls to think back on the year that was and tell me what stood out to them the most . . . things they enjoyed, were most proud of accomplishing . . . whatever it was that really seemed to be a part of our everyday lives. After a few minutes of thinking they came back with answers that were beautifully simple, yet powerfully complex, as only the view of the world through the eyes of a child could.
Together. Love. Home. Safety. Bravery. Hope. Compassion. Excitement.
They were happy about the fact that we had been able to be together every day. They felt safe, and loved, and wanted to show that there was no place they’d rather be than at home and together with us. They were thankful that we were all together and safe, but they understood clearly that not everyone could say the same, and they worried and wanted the best for those that were fighting and living with the threat of the virus every day. And though things had been different, they were proud and excited about all the new things they had experienced in the year like virtual school, and lots and lots and lots of video calls with family and friends. The Santa girls (at ages 5 and 3 at Christmas) are now basically engineering experts and have flourished in their role as tech support for the Santa family! All of the very real emotion of the year, and the powerful example of resilience and innocence the girls displayed over the year stood out to Santa Mom and I and absolutely had to be conveyed in the final look of the wreath.