I am always looking for trends going on in social media, but one trend I am not seeing this year is the normal Christmas posts that always appear around now. Sure, I occasionally see a post that someone put a tree up or lights out, but it has not been near like in years past. This year is a year like no other for holidays. It’s almost like Christmas isn’t happening this year if you scroll through posts.

With that in mind, I decided to look up how Christmas tree sales were doing this year. I thought maybe people were just opting out of doing the normal Christmas traditions, but surprisingly, I found that tree sales are actually up this year. In fact, according to the New York Times, some Christmas tree farmers in Michigan have seen as much as a 50% increase in demand.

The Christmas Tree Promotion Board shared the results of a survey they sent out earlier this year. Their results showed people wanting to create a more memorable experience this year. The focus appears to be more about creating a good memory or experience over gifts this year. With all the time people have spent in their homes due to the virus, they are looking to create a more positive atmosphere to help with everyone’s spirits.

I think this year has affected everyone in so many different ways. Many people have had to rethink things that have been taken for granted before with the hustle and bustle of every day life we used to know. The reality is that we have shifted our focus more to family and people over material things. I think this time has made us all slow down a bit and changed the way we see life in so many ways.

For my family, we are all separated – different states and even one in another country. It has been a difficult year. The holidays have been a struggle for us. Thanksgiving was a Zoom call and dinner delivered by DoorDash. We’ve discussed what Christmas would look like and, sadly, it doesn’t seem to be possible to do much more than another Zoom call.

But, we haven’t ruled Christmas completely out. We are shooting to have Christmas in July! Why not? Does Christmas really have to be in December? We are going to reshape what Christmas looks like for us this year. We aren’t willing to settle for letting the holiday pass with just a Zoom call and then forget the holiday the rest of the day. We are hoping to do a full Thanksgiving style dinner followed with a traditional family Christmas. After all, Christmas isn’t really about the gifts. It’s about the time you get to spend with the ones you love.

How is your family celebrating the holidays this year?