How are CREDO members feeling over this holiday season? Here are the survey results.

As you know, this holiday season is like no other, and for many of us, things haven’t always been easy.

That’s why last month, we wanted to touch base with you, our members, to see how you were coping with the prolonged pandemic, gauge how you were processing the season and ask what you are thankful for in spite of the difficult times.

More than 8,000 CREDO members took our survey, and the results are in. Despite the hardships many of us are facing, many CREDO members are still so thankful for what they have, whether that’s their health or family, our shared progressive values, the results of the election (“Goodbye Trump!”), or the hope of a vaccine. Our members also shared some incredible and heart-wrenching stories of their recent experiences. Thank you for sharing your personal stories — it truly means so much to know how each of our members are feeling, especially during these times.

Here is a quick recap of some of the highlights from the survey:

In the midst of the pandemic, this Thanksgiving may have felt very different. Were your celebrations, if any, different than normal?

More than half of respondents believed that Thanksgiving celebrations were “extremely” or “very” different this year, with more than 90 percent believe they were unlike years past.

In which of the following ways, if any, were your Thanksgiving celebrations different?

Almost all CREDO members who responded were taking measures to reduce any possible transmission, whether that’s smaller gatherings, social distancing, or video calls.

Agree or Disagree? The crises of this year have helped me put some important things in perspective.

82 percent of respondents believe the crises of this year have put important things into greater perspective. We agree, too.

Which of the following, if any, have you held more dearly this year?

As we put more into perspective, we also tend to hold those important things more dearly too, including our healthy, family, relationships, justice, nature, equality and community.

What are you most thankful for this season?

We also asked our members what they are most thankful for right now. Here’s just a small sample:

“Being with my other half”
“My health”
“Being able to pay my bills”
“My family’s safety and good health”
“Surviving but stressful.”
“Trump is on his way out”
“My children”
“Being able to provide food every week to families in need”
“Being alive”