The year 2020, “twenny twenny” will go down in history as the year that literally sneaked up, and played a really bad prank on mankind. Sadly, a prank is no way to describe the roller-coaster that this year has been. In spite of all this, Christmas will still be one of the most celebrated holiday seasons across the globe. Only this time, it will be quite different from what we are accustomed to.
Christmas before the pandemic was characterized by trips upcountry to spend time with family, travels in and out of the country for some, Christmas carols and Cantatas, as well as the unending flow of food, fun and drinks. There is no doubt that many of us started the year looking forward to having our usual Christmas. While this may not have made it to our list of New Year resolutions, dreams and goals, it is clear now that even if it had, we were not ready for the events the year would unfold.
Living in the “new normal” of wearing masks and ‘social’ rather physical distancing, I wonder what this Christmas will look like. How can we even celebrate this season without hugs and family gatherings? Things that we so greatly need, considering how tough this year has been for many of us. While a majority of us might have a semblance of the kind of Christmas we are all used to, for some, this Christmas will be totally different and dare I say unpleasant.
I am convinced that 2020 Christmas will be special. This time around I have been reminded about what Christmas really means. The birth of hope into a world that so badly needs it. This hope was born in the least desirable of circumstances and yet this hope is our Savior. This hope assures us that despite the fact that things on this side of heaven will not be smooth, we will overcome.
Finally, whether or not this Christmas is what you hoped for, be encouraged. All is not lost. Reflect on the lessons this year has taught you, count every single blessing and focus on the things that really matter. For this is a Christmas like no other.