Photo: (Shutterstock) When COVID-19 emerged and grew into a pandemic in March, most of us weren’t thinking about the potential disruption of the holidays. December’s festivities were nearly a year away, and many people didn’t foresee the uncertainty of March still wedging us apart so many months later, remaining a constant in our lives. But we were all terribly wrong. The holidays are coinciding with the United States passing the grim milestone of 300,000 deaths from COVID-19 . It’s safe to say that whatever holiday tradition you’re celebrating with friends and family this year will not feel the same as it usually does. If you do decide to cultivate holiday cheer in the organic sense, the ever-present reality of COVID-19 will be there in the background, serving as an unsavory reminder that your traditions might be putting people at risk. As an alternative, you might want to put your longstanding and cherished holiday traditions on hold this year. It may sound rough, but there’s always a way to put a positive spin on it, especially when vaccinations are likely to ensure that your traditions are only on ice temporarily. Here’s some reasons to consider it this year. It just won’t be the same There’s great fodder for bonding and community in traditions. But pastimes aren’t the same when they’re diluted. Staring into a computer monitor or phone at family or friends via Zoom might do more to make the holidays feel like purgatory than a time of togetherness […]