I believe I can say with some agreement upon the reader’s part that 2020 has not been the best year. The good news is that it’s almost over, and the hope of a brighter and better 2021 is on the horizon.
As Christmas Day dawns, I hope this post finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. And if it doesn’t, I wish you all the best anyway. In studying history, one can find hope in the fact that we are not the only ones to experience hard times. Grief is not a new concept, nor will it ever be. Countless families across the globe will try to navigate this time of the year that’s supposed to be cheerful and merry, as they look to the vacant chair at the dinner table, just as mid-19th century families did in the wake of the Civil War. While this isn’t new, the devastating impact of Covid-19 upon the world’s population makes this especially prevalent.
While researching for primary source quotes that clearly illustrate this parallel in our struggle to that of the broken families during the Civil War, I came across this article written in the Journal of the Civil War Era blog. It perfectly depicts the sorrow of widows and families who had lost loved ones and must endure another holiday season without them. I couldn’t put it any better, so I direct you to the article to read for yourself: https://www.journalofthecivilwarera.org/2016/12/christmas-mourning-confederate-widows-aftermath-civil-war
I’d like to take the time to share some of my favorite photos taken on history expeditions during Christmas time. Historic homes, especially plantations, go all-out for their holiday decorations and they can be absolutely stunning.
So, until next Christmas, may your heart be light, your glasses full, and your future bursting with joy and opportunities.