As is true for so many of our fellow travelers on this earth, Christmas 2020 is unlike any other in our family.
In years past we would travel to be with family, siblings, cousins, and friends. Christmas 2020 will be celebrated without travel and without a large gathering of loved ones. Because our parish buildings are closed to help defeat the spread of a deadly virus, we won’t be able to join in some of our family traditions, such as serving at the annual parish Christmas dinner. Even in a year when we have avoided serious health issues and so desperately want to hold our loved ones close, the desire to defeat the spread of the coronavirus means that for the first time in 27 years, the four of us won’t physically be in the same city and the same house to celebrate the season.
So much of Christmas 2020 brings a feeling of dislocation, as noted by our rector in his online Christmas Eve sermon. And yet, we can use this year’s season — in whatever way you celebrate this time of year — to begin to relocate what is important in life, in relationships, in building hope for a future where love trumps hate.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays, with best wishes for 2021.
More to come…
Image: The Brown family Christmas 2020 tree (credit: Andrew Brown)