Is the coronavirus bringing back the true meaning of Yuletide Christmas?

It is no secret now that the meaning of the holiday spirit has changed quite dramatically this past century. Families no longer go to their backyard or nearby forest to chop down their Christmas tree. People no longer gather to sing carols to neighbors and friends, stockings are not filled with fruits and chocolate coins anymore, and presents are no longer homemade. The image of children gathering around the fireplace with grandpa telling Christmas stories is only something you might see in old movies. It feels like humanity lost a certain innocence that we may not get back.

Pardon my nostalgia, but I have never been a fan of the spirit-crushing commercialization targetting this celebration year after year.

Over time, many people have forgotten that this is a time of joy, peace, unity, and family.

It is a time of acceptance for all people, no matter what religious practice they follow or status they hold.

As the years pass us by, companies seize the opportunities to fill our heads with commercials about which product to buy. In many homes, grandparents no longer tell stories but give money or gift cards.

The bigger the present, the more I love you.

You better watch out! Stores are now throwing reindeer belled Santa Clause laughter-filled commercials like bombs. This insanity starts even before Halloween comes to pass. Santa no longer comes to town the night before Christmas. You will hear his joyful laughter on the radio, between youtube videos, and on tv, tied to products that your loved one will surely want to receive, such as cars, game consoles, phones, and bath products. Show your girlfriend you love her by buying her diamonds.

Would you not want to hear her say: I do?

Shall we throw a splash of social media in the mix for some more warmth?

Every day living no longer requires human contact. This fantastic invention, which was supposed to bring everyone closer together, is now bringing people further away from each other. There is no longer any need for phone calls to friends and family on birthdays or important events. There is no need to call them and hear their voice. Why bother with a hug when a “like” or “sad emoji” will do?

And now, as the coronavirus is disrupting our way of life, the reality that the people we love the most might not be around for this celebration might be opening a few eyes for the first time. What does an expensive present mean if we are alone? What does an emoji bring us if the person is not around to celebrate with us?

When terrible things happen in life, the only thing that we can do is learn. The only power we might have is to turn the negative experience into a positive one. Under this context, the coronavirus might be teaching us something that we might have forgotten long ago. It is the human presence that matters, not the stuff that is purchased. It is the contact that brings joy to our senses. An emoji will never fill the void or need for human companionship.

Our innocence might never return to us, but we could learn to appreciate the people who love us in our lives a little more.

We might remember the importance of calling someone and hearing their voice or simply checking up on them to see if they need anything at all.

Do yourself a favor; This holiday season, make it about others and not about you. Call instead of text. This holiday season, focus on your husband or wife and talk to each other with love and acceptance. You can use the opportunity to work on your relationships and make them better, stronger. If you are alone, do a good deed. You will feel nice and warm in the belly. Spend some time just playing with your kids and thinking of nothing else. This holiday season focus on humanity, the love for people, and the warmth that their presence brings into your life.

The powerful lady-pharaoh that ruled over ancient Egypt.

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