The Power of Ritual: Why We Still Need to Celebrate in Tough Times

New Year’s Eve is my favorite holiday. But this year, with 2021 only a week away, I’m still not sure how I’ll celebrate. In fact, for the first time ever, I’m not even sure if I should. Travel is cancelled. Big gatherings aren’t allowed. And for so many of my nearest and dearest, this holiday season hasn’t been what they had hoped. The global pandemic had a massive impact on the economy; most of us have dealt with some level of financial uncertainty. And these concerns, while weighty, pale in comparison to the struggles for those faced with mourning the death of a loved one.

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