Letter from the Editor: 10 Reasons to Spend the Holidays at Home

Celebrating as a family unit

I’ve heard many people lament that the holidays will look different this year with social distancing and COVID-19. While I feel for all of those who will be missing out on much-needed time with loved ones, part of me (admittedly) is looking forward to holidays with just my immediate family. 

What could possibly be good about holiday celebrations during quarantine? Here are 10 tongue-in-cheek reasons to spend the holidays alone as a family unit:

  1. No waking at the crack of dawn to start the cooking. 
  2. Speaking of cooking— not mandatory. Plenty of local places, like Fowl & Fodder Downtown, are offering pre-made holiday meals! 
  3. No awkward small talk with distant relatives.  
  4. No watching every little thing that comes out of your mouth in order to not offend.
  5. Fancy holiday plates…or paper products? Your choice!
  6. Actually, why even cook? We ordered our Christmas meal from Sidon last year and it far exceeded any ham or roast. 
  7. Bra? Optional.
  8. No one to secretly judge when you unbutton your pants after dinner (or just save yourself the trouble and stay in your pajamas). 
  9. No need to divvy up the leftovers. Mashed potato pancakes for days!
  10. Perfectly acceptable to nap in the middle of the day. 

If you’re an eternal optimist like me (or a secret introvert) and have made a mental list of your own with reasons to rejoice this holiday season, I’d love to hear from you. Comment below to make our readers smile!

Tongue-in-cheek and foot-in-mouth,
Erin Schoen Marsh, 
Toledo Parent Editor 

Photos by local photographer Motherhood Portraits by Tiana Lashae.