Christmas in the middle of the Pandemic
Christmas and Pandemic are two different entities quite contrast from each other. To christians, Christmas is the birth of Christ the son of God. It also means the Mass Service which reminds us that Jesus was born, died for us and came back to life. Celebrations are a must when this season arrives. However, this time the case is different. Pandemic is here. This term pandemic refers to the epidemic which spreads across continents which affects most of the countries worldwide. It is underwhelming knowing that many families will not be complete anymore because of the virus which devastated hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. Sad but true, the season of giving will have a double meaning. Aside from the meaning which is to give gifts or attention, this time giving the virus is a rather more apt definition if family gatherings or parties will happen. Thus, much is expected from people in celebrating this holiday season.
Hopes and Dreams at Christmas
Children are the foremost excited when this season arrives. They are so into it that they look forward to the gift-giving, Santa Claus and meeting their grandparents and other relatives. Playing with their peers are also in their radar when this season arrives. Unfortunately, these things will not be possible anymore because of the pandemic. Luckily, technology will help augment what is missing and that is the constant communication with friends and relatives through the internet. Gift-giving is also possible through the usual house deliveries which is prevalent in this unfavorable times. Play is also doable now through computer games where kids can now play with their friends online. What is lacking can be fulfilled in some ways to avoid be infected with corona virus which is detrimental to everybody’s health especially to the young ones and the old people.
Effects of Pandemic to Christmas Celebration
The pandemic which is still bringing travesty to people is still not showing its slowing down. It seems like it will be here for such a long time. So much is affected by this pandemic. Economically, the world suffers. Unemployment is felt in every corner of the world. Hunger and anger goes hand in hand as people cope with the hopelessness of the situation. The celebration of the season which is supposed to be a happy one will be met by sadness because of hunger, loneliness and unfulfilled emptiness. There will be realization that humans have no control when a tragedy or calamity like this happens.
Limited activities are allowed during this pandemic. We are not supposed to go out without mask and face shield ( at least in our country, Philippines ). Partying is prohibited,too,much less in eating out and gathering with more people involved. This is because the spread of the virus is more prevalent in the middle of so many people. So, how do we celebrate Christmas in a situation like this? Probably, we have to adjust because we cannot beat the virus being stubborn by not wearing at least a mask to prevent the spread of infection. Be more cautious about health by eating nutritious food, exercising and taking vitamins or supplements for a strong immune system. Connecting with people is a way to make some people feel they are not alone. A lot of tendencies come out with this season especially. People are extra-sensitive when Christmas comes. Adding to the sensitivity is the helplessness brought about by the pandemic.
Merry Christmas...in spite of.
Christmas celebration will pass but the pandemic will still be here. All we can do is celebrate it the way we can ,healthfully aware of the protocols we need to follow for our safety. What we are aiming is the end of the pandemic. We cannot achieve this without the cooperation of everybody. Vaccines are available already. What is needed is to patiently wait for it to be available for everybody. For the meantime, we have to still go on with our celebration of the season sans parties, gatherings and goings-out with so many people around. This time what we can give as a gift is good health to everyone by just doing what is needed for everybody. Probably next Christmas, (if we survive this pandemic, that is) we can finally celebrate the usual way without worries. For now, let’s have a Merry Christmas and a Better Year of 2021!