The holiday season last year was marked by fear and concern over COVID-19. The rooms, adorned with government mandates and regulations, lacked the usual light and festive atmosphere. Mask warrants, government limits on churches, kitchens, dining tables, and the social distancing of family members isolated from each other and stuck a veil of sadness over the celebrations in the distance. Bah, shit!
The first signs are that people are fed up with the government sponsored sadness and are ready to celebrate the holidays again, as they should. There were more Halloween decorations in my neighborhood in mid-September than there were all Halloween season last year, and there’s no question of restricting treats anymore.
Remember last year when only small turkeys were available at the supermarket to discourage Thanksgiving gatherings? People have been ordered not to have more than six immediate family members visit their homes at any one time. Remember the government guidelines that suggested you leave the elderly alone on vacation and serve vacation dinner outside in freezing cold? Do you remember all that garbage?
I’m sure there are still some who live in fear and will run away from family and friends or insist on proof that the host has been vaccinated before accepting an invitation to a festive meal. Overall, however, I think the era of fear is over and most people are living their lives again.
For my part, I look forward to the holidays and a return to mirth and celebration and far from darkness and sadness. So bring the pumpkin spice, Thanksgiving turkey, and mistletoe and holly, because I’m ready to go.
Barry Richard is the host of the Barry Richard Show at 1420 WBSM New Bedford. It can be heard on weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @ BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.