It's a foregone conclusion, with the Covid-19 pandemic going on, this Christmas will be far more different than the one we are sused to.
How it will change and how we will be celebrating this year?
- It will be a small scale Christmas
Goes without saying. Depending on where you live, your government will have put varying restrictions for what concerns the aggregation and number of people attending to your celebration. Where I live, they are putting extra restrictions just for the 24th, 25th and 26th December.
This is not necessarily a bad thing, because it's an opportunity to have a more intimate, more sincere Christmas with those who really matter to you. Quality is better than quantity.
- It will make you appreciate more the little things
In a sense, this will be like one of those Christmas during the war that our grandparents told us about. Despite being divided between opposing factions - some of your ancestors fought against the Axis, while for others were conscripted into the Wehrmacht and its allies - all of them valued Christmas as a moment to take a brief respite from the horrors of the war, and aw should do the same. Indeed we are in a third world war, this time with all humanity fighting against that invisible and ever-present enemy - Covid 19.
- It's a disaster, but hope blooms from it
I'm not going to sugarcoat it - for many people this Christmas will be a bitter one. Whenever someone is spending it alone and isolated, or the owner of a restaurant or other activity will have to close and miss on it's livelihood, those people have it hard.
This serves as a lesson for those of us who are more fortunate to appreciate what we have and be thankful for it. For those who are struggling, I bring the words of a Polish-German priest, as reported by Polish painter Władysław Siwek while they were interned in Auschwitz:
Who will really have a good Christmas? Only those who will put down all their arrogance, hate and ill wishes to the ground, and accept the warmth of love in their hearts. Those who suffer, will be brought up in almighty arms.
The priest was later executed, while Siwek lived to tell the tale. Whenever you are a Christian or not, I think the fundamental message is never lose hope and let fear, recrimination and hate swallow us.
So, whenever you believe in Christmas or not, at least allow your heart to believe in its message of hope and love, and that the light shines through the darkness.
And this dark hour too, shall pass.