The First Covid Christmas

by Alvan Lewis

We complain. We wear masks. We keep our distance. Every person we pass is a potential carrier. We can’t have a packed Church on Christmas Eve. We can’t attend any Christmas Concerts. We can’t have any large family dinners. We are forced to do most of our shopping online. Tis’ the season to be jolly! Welcome to our first Covid Christmas.

And that is the way it will be for those of us who are lucky. We have friends and family who have lost their jobs, their business, and their health. It is hard to get into the Christmas spirit.

What are we to do? Perhaps we need to step back and take a long look at the very first Christmas. See how the first Christmas compares with our first Covid Christmas.

As far as I know no one in Canada will give birth to their child in a barn. No one will dash across the US border because the Canadian head of state wants to kill their newborn. No one that I know of will have to spend Christmas away from home because the Government demands that they file their taxes in another city.

These are hard times but not as hard as Mary and Joseph went through to bring us the First Christmas. So, I would suggest we take a deep breath, look back the long years to the first Christmas and be thankful for the many good things we have in 2020.