I know, the title is backward but in 2020, what isn’t?
Over two thousand years ago, the Roman government proclaimed an edict requiring all the Jews to return to the town of their origin. So, thousands of Jews were urged to travel.
Today, our government (well, at least the CDC and the NIH) urges everyone to stay put.
The other night we witnessed the Great Conjunction of 2020.
It is believed that the Magi witnessed the same event, Jupiter and Saturn in the closest proximity to each other. The last time this type of conjunction occurred was over eight hundred years ago. The rarity of this event is what motivated the Magi to follow the “Star of Bethlehem.”
Again people traveled.
Christmas has been the subject of songs, movies, and novels, and other works of art. It has also been a polarizing topic causing people to argue over such a mundane matter as “Merry Christmas” v. “Happy Holidays.”
How silly that argument seems today.
One thing that many of us agree on is that Christmas has been much too commercialized in recent years…recent meaning my lifetime.
But this year, the true meaning of Christmas has struck home even as we are stuck home.
Christmas isn’t about your Christmas tree or ornaments but about the people who decorated and enjoyed your Christmas tree.
Whether you have turkey, roast beef, or a beautifully glazed ham is of no consequence if the ones you would love to share a meal with are a thousand miles away unable to travel to you.
It’s not the food but the people passing the plates of food around the table.
Then on Christmas morning, the big concern was, “What did you get for Christmas?”
This year? We’re all getting coal.
We realize that it was never the train or bicycle, or Play Station, or Foosball game that you might have given but having the loved ones of your life opening those gifts revealed what the Magi and Shepards felt on that night over two thousand years ago.
Christmas was never commercialized.
All the toys and ties and gift cards could never stand in the way of the true meaning of Christmas and, in the Pandemic year more than ever, and it has never been so evident as to the true meaning of Christmas.
Those of us who are protecting ourselves and the ones we love most in the world have opted to make the sacrifice and stay home knowing that Christmas, like Thanksgiving, will be celebrated in 2021 on the very first day that we have all been vaccinated.
It may be that Memorial Day will be Thanksgiving, and The Fourth of July will be Christmas.
Right now, that works for me.
In the meantime, we all share in the gift of having loved ones to care about and who care about us.
Merry Christmas all.