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My daughter, Alexis, hanging an ornament on our Christmas tree.

There’s no place like home for the holidays. That’s pretty par for the course this year, huh? Not that I’m the most social butterfly in the Wiregrass, but I’ve definitely spent a lot more time at home this year than ever before, and despite 2020 coming to an end it doesn’t look like we’ll be getting back to “normal” anytime soon.

At the end of each year, I like to look back on the goals I set in January to see how successful my year has been, but 2020 took my goals and stomped on them. I didn’t accomplish any of the 10 goals I wrote down. #thankscovid

My goals may not have gone according to plan, but there were some bright spots in this weird year. I had surgery to correct a major health issue. I started back writing for fun, discovered a lot of new authors, and rediscovered a lot of things I’d set aside back when I worked in news. I feel like my husband and I were able to strengthen our relationship with each other, and I got to spend the most time with Alexis since my maternity leave back in 2015.

This will be my family’s first Christmas without my PawPaw, who was without a doubt the glue that kept us all stuck together. He passed in February, and though it’s been months since then, it really hasn’t sunk in until recently. It makes sense, I guess. We really haven’t seen many people since mid-March, but now that the time of year where we typically spend all our free time with family is here, PawPaw’s absence is really pronounced.

Of course, I don’t really know what our Christmas celebrations will look like this year. If you’re struggling with your holiday plans, be sure to check out this month’s Kids Health. Dr. Lee Scott has some great suggestions for how to enjoy the season safely.

The holiday season has always been the most wonderful time of year in the Wiregrass, and I have no doubt that it will be again this year. The way we celebrate, and even shop, may look different this year, but there’s still plenty of ways you can get into the spirit of the season. Our Holiday Happenings Guide is your source for arts and crafts, performances, ways to give back, light displays, and more. And our feature article, 10 Commandments for More Holiday Cheer, will help remind you of the true reason for the season.

There’s a lot of bad stuff to remember from 2020, but I hope when you look back on the year that’s passed that you’ll choose to focus on the good, even if those moments were few and far between.

From my family to yours, have yourself a merry little Christmas and the happiest of New Years. See you in 2021!

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Ashton Wright
Author: Ashton Wright

Ashton is the publisher of Wiregrass Parents magazine. A lifelong resident of the Wiregrass, she grew up in Blakely, Ga. Her love of journalism began on her high school newspaper and continued at Troy University where she received her print journalism degree. After graduating, she worked with WTVY-TV for nearly a decade. She and her husband, Chris, have been married since 2012. They have one daughter, Alexis, as well as a dog, Jackson, and a cat, Cooper.

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by Ashton Wright time to read: 3 min