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Merry Christmas 2020

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)

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I am David J. Brown (hence the DJB) and I originally created this personal blog more than ten years ago as a way to capture photos and memories from a family vacation. After the trip was over I simply continued writing. Over the years the blog has changed to have a more definite focus aligned with my interest in places that matter, reading well, roots music, and more. My professional background is as a national nonprofit leader with a four-decade record of growing and strengthening organizations at local, state, and national levels. This work has been driven by my passion for connecting people in thriving, sustainable, and vibrant communities.


  1. Deedy Bumgardner says

    And a Merry Christmas from another family missing being with loved ones but hoping to avoid the virus Duke & Deedy

  2. Thanks so much, Deedy. I hope you and Duke have a Merry Christmas as well. With many best wishes for 2021.


  3. Karen Luehrs says

    Hi David and Candice from Norfolk. We moved a few days before Christmas. Our living room does not look anything like yours. But we are here, and healthy. All the best, and hope to see you in the new year. Karen and Don

  4. Hello, Karen. So glad to hear from you and to know that you’ve settled into your new home. I’m sure you’ll have everything in place soon. Take care, stay healthy, and we’ll look forward to seeing you sometime in the new year. All the best, DJB

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