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  • Writer's pictureRossana Snee

How the Covid Stole Christmas!

It is almost the end of the year. I can't say I'm sorry to see 2020 disappear into oblivion. It is the year that just keeps on giving (and taking).

Covid-19 is still spreading, faster than ever, it seems. People all across the country are canceling Christmas, myself included.

It turns out that one of our boarders tested positive last Monday, sending the rest of us into a semi-panic. Even though we got tested and the results came back negative, there's always that little seed of doubt. So we wait. And in the meantime, Christmas is canceled.

This is a sad and devastating time for many. Families have been torn apart at the seams. Some have actually lost loved ones to this deadly virus. And there's not a damn thing we can do about it, except be as careful as is humanly possible. And even then...

How did Covid steal Christmas? How did it become a terrible pandemic running amok across the world?

It is hard to say. What I do know is that it happened one person at a time.

Originally, and maybe even still today (with hundreds of thousands infected and dead), some people are still not taking this THIEF seriously. I see so many people walking around maskless. I hear of families disregarding the "no getting together with your families," rule, spreading the virus even more. Or I hear, "We all have to die sometime." What?!

Stopping this Covid Thief has become one of the nation's biggest challenges. Dealing with loss has become an everyday occurrence.

So, how do we get through this? How do we get a little bit of our Christmas back if we can't spend it with the ones we love?

Perhaps we can see it as a little sacrifice now for the long term good. Not getting together with our families now, may allow us to get together with them in a few weeks, a few months. I'd say that's better than never.

Christmas is postponed. OK, we can deal with this. We can make the most of it. How? We can:

1) Make phone calls

2) Zoom

3) Skype

4) Facetime

5) Drive-by, if possible

I know of a couple who set up a Christmas light show at their house. The husband spent weeks preparing, using his time during lockdown to create something amazing for others to enjoy. People can drive by their home at available hours and enjoy the beautiful light display. This couple got very creative.

No, it's not ideal to spend time away from loved ones during this very special time of the year. But we want everyone around next year!

Let's do what we can to make sure that happens. The little things we do today will be an investment for our future. And the future of others.

We can sulk, or we can be grateful for what we do have.

Covid stole Christmas this year. I prefer to see it as "borrowed" it. We will get it back.

Let's be patient and loving toward each other.

Let's do our part in preventing the spread of this dreadful virus so that we can once again enjoy normalcy and time with those we love most.

Until then, stay home. Have a Merry Christmas. Find a way to make it so!

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