The best Christmas Trees are not the ones we’ve seen on magazines, Instagram or store windows but the ones we made from scratch out of love and happiest of moments with family.
This year, no more Christmas Tree lighting by the park. No more visit to Santa’s Christmas Village. No more Holiday shopping rush at the Malls. No signs of Christmas at work nor at people’s outdoor lawns and houses.
The spirit of Christmas is at its all time low as Bay Area and San Francisco activated it’s Emergency Disaster Plan as a last hope to mitigate the COVID-19 surge but it shouldn’t be. Joy is alive even in our hardest, scariest, darkest of circumstances. Joy is there when we believe that it’s there.
I don’t have much material things to give but what I can share are the simple happiness and warmth of Christmas inside my home. May it make your Christmas merry and bright.
If there is one gift the pandemic has given, it’s more time to stay home with family. I didn’t get to enjoy it last Spring, but I’m trying to catch up this holidays for as much as I can.
I want for me and my family to remember all the good, the beautiful and the miracles of this year and not the bad things. We wish to celebrate God’s blessings with humble gratitude because God truly deserves all the honor and glory in all these. If not for him, we wouldn’t have survive this far.
So, this post I actually dedicate and offer to God as my way of thanking him for always being there no matter what. People change and leave us when we needed them the most but God remains faithful and unconditionally loving forever.
My friends are being deployed whether they like it or not to hospitals to take care of COVID-19 patients for the next 6 months as Nursing staff drops to an alarming low in contrast to the overwhelming surge of COVID-19 patients. I could be next. For now, I’m just trying to enjoy Christmas with my family because I don’t really know what happens next year. January will be the worst of the Winter Surge post holidays. Breaking point is here and now.
Please stay safe. Though it’s good news we are getting the vaccine soon, it will take a while for everyone to get it. Also, a new strain of the COVID-19 virus may already be in our communities. Never let our guard down. A brief moment of enjoyment and fun is not worth wasting a lifetime. We can’t afford to risk our lives when we have people that still depends on us. Mom and Dad, our kids needs us. We can’t be selfish and assume we are invulnerable to COVID-19 or will only have mild symptoms. Everyone reacts differently to the virus. Some are asymptomatic, others end up dead in days. It is very real and more infectious than ever.
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a brighter, happier, safer and more hopeful New Year.
PS, I apologize if this blog post sounds like a version of The Grinch who stole Christmas, but wrapping the truth with nice lies only put more lives in danger. We could however face the truth and still choose joy in it. Just have to believe.
“2021 will have a different story only if we actively make an effort to change its pages.”