Christmas Eve 2020: Winds stirred prepping for a storm. A loud howl broke through the night and the beautiful sound of "O Holy Night" floated from a TV broadcast. Bells rang noting the beginning of Midnight Mass. Masked choir singers and an empty church brought to mind how different this Christmas was.
Christmas Day 2020: Grey sky, light rain, and a distinct coolness called for a cozy stay indoors despite the fact that no tree decorated the living room. The 1940s manger scene and aged decorations were stored away in boxes for an upcoming move. Yet, hope remained. A couple of Zoom meet-ups and phone calls brought family together turning Christmas into an unusual but memorable event.
Different in context,
Leaves its indelible mark.
Families meet from distant corners.
Little ones bring a spirit of joy to the occasion
Spreading cheer as voices move virtually.
Happy Holidays to All!
The spirit of Christmas exists despite unusual situations and faces covered in masks.
2021 enters soon providing a new start and fresh possibilities.
I now turn my attention to the Poetry Friday Roundup at Irene Latham's blog, Live Your Poem. Irene brings us the conclusion of her last ArtSpeak, a beautiful red poem of 2020 with the haunting ending message: let love carry you across all hours.
For those who may have missed the unveiling of the Abundant Autumn Gallery, I offer a Gallery Walk through the 1st edition and second edition for your viewing pleasure. A new edition will appear soon to applaud the artists, poets, writers, and bloggers who present their artistic expression of a season that was Mother Nature's gift to the world during the pandemic.
Tradition has learned (like all of us this year) to be flexible, to adapt, to pivot...to change.ReplyDelete
Merry Christmas and HAPPY New Year!
Thanks for stopping by, Mary Lee. I slipped in later than I thought because I fell asleep while writing. (LOL) Flexibility is needed in life.Delete
The changes have made us be more grateful I think, for what we love, Carol. I'm glad to hear of your Christmas connections. My family & I talked of how fortunate most are to be connected across the air! Happy New Year & Happy Move!ReplyDelete
We are fortunate to have our connections, Linda. They make the distance seem closer than they are. The photo of the baby sitting on the floor made our heart tingle. Aurora is definitely at the stage where the floor is desirable for curious little hands. She is also intrigue with the phone or laptop when on Zoom. We combined both families for one large Zoom extended family party in the morning. Then, we had another meet-up with my cousins, sister, and the grandchildren. I hope your holiday is being spent with your grandgirls.Delete
I think your family of masked 2020 santas pictured next your Christmas card will "Leave its indelible mark" on me, Carol! What a hoot! I'm glad you had a delightful 'differtly' celebrated holiday. Here's to a MUCH better 2021. :)ReplyDelete
Bridget, while traveling to VA for my new house closing we stopped at a rest stop to use the facilities. As we entered, I noticed masked visitors coming out. I paused to think how much our world has changed but I was also thankful for the masks they wore.Delete
You captured this odd time with grace. Thank you.ReplyDelete
Liz, I am wondering how many more months of odd times we will be having. Thank you for stopping by.Delete