Politicians and media pundits are using their platforms to demand that Americans cancel their holiday plans.
Joe Biden is even telling people not to gather together unless they’ve been recently tested for COVID-19 – as if everyone has the extra money to spend. And weren’t we supposed to be saving COVID tests for those who actually have symptoms?
It doesn’t matter if it makes sense, Americans are being forced to comply with the latest radical mandates all in the name of “safety.”
The overall consensus is politicians want you to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas in your home with only members of your immediate household.
Sure, that sounds nice and all for your typical family of four who lives in the suburbs with ample access to cook a nice meal and gather around the fireplace.
But what about the single college student who lives alone in a cheap studio apartment?
Or the old widowed aunt who can barely get around her own home and is unable to cook for herself?
Are those people just “out of luck?”
Of course, politicians don’t talk about these people – like what family member is actually going to be okay with letting those they love spend the holidays alone?
It is barbaric.
Instead, they paint the narrative that by canceling the holidays, we are making a bold brave sacrifice for the greater good of humanity.
Give me a break.
Some states like Ohio have gathering limits as low as 10, while some localities in Wisconsin are forbidding ANY gatherings in private homes.
How is this even enforceable?
Are the police going to go around and count cars in driveways?
Will the grocery store “Karens” report anyone who buys a 25lb turkey to the local authorities?
I’m kidding… but I’m really not. Who knows how politicians will actually enforce their latest heavy-handed mandate.
And here’s the thing, I do take COVID-19 seriously.
I personally choose to wear a mask when I go out in public and I don’t partake in large social indoor gatherings. I even canceled my own wedding this past March and elected to have an outdoor wedding with only 6 guests.
But I’m still making the trek from DC to my parents’ home for the holidays.
My husband and I are driving to avoid contact with a lot of extra people (even though flying isn’t as bad as they once said).
Not that I’m sad to avoid a run-in with the TSA.
And yes, we’ll wear masks at rest areas and sanitize our hands after pumping gas.
Am I a reckless, awful human being who wants others to die?
I mean, no, I wouldn’t cast that label upon myself.
A more accurate description would be something like – I’ve celebrated Christmas with my siblings and parents every single year since I was born and I’d like to keep that tradition alive by continuing to celebrate with my family.
Now, with that said, we are doing Christmas a bit different this year.
In our family, we have a pregnant family member, a young baby, and older parents – so of course we are taking precautions.
Our normal Christmas gathering of 25-30 people will be cut down to just siblings, spouses, and parents.
There won’t be communal punch bowls or snacks. We won’t be sharing the exact same cup of coffee or taking bites out of the same cookies.
And I will be mindful of keeping appropriate space between myself and others.
We are still sacrificing our normally large gathering of cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends – but not going to the extreme of making my college-age sister eat a TV dinner by herself in her apartment.
It’s all about balance.
To be clear, I am definitely not encouraging people to be reckless and act like COVID-19 doesn’t exist.
But I believe in personal freedom, which includes letting Americans make the decision about how their own family should gather.
Politicians are obsessed with a “one size fits all” mentality and completely disregard the fact that we are all individuals living in different circumstances.
I have some friends who plan to gather as usual with their large families – and that is their choice.
Others are playing it safe due to immuno-compromised people in their homes – again, that is their choice.
But THEY are the ones deciding what is best for THEIR family – orders shouldn’t come from a power-hungry politician who can’t even follow their own recommendations in their personal life—but more on that next week.
So this holiday season, yes, be mindful of the needs of your own family. But don’t feel obligated to eat a frozen turkey dinner by yourself.
Again, it’s all about balance.
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