It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…
Not because the shops are busy and decked out with decorations, with flashing lights and playing loud Christmas music, because they are not; they are closed. It’s because of the pre-Christmas tradition of, ‘I am a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’. It is on the television each day with hints and reminders in almost every ad break throughout the day. Whether you love it, or hate it, this year there is a sense of empathy with the contestants. They have given up their liberty and are being forced, well almost, to do things they would never normally do. The significant concern, apart from eating disgusting food, is the lack of food. Thank God that for most of us, lack of food is not the main issue. What is a very real problem is not having the freedom to do the things we want to do, when we want to do them.
One of this year’s contestants was Sir Mo Farah, winner of four Olympic gold medals and six world gold medals for long distance running. On one of the days the whole group won a plate of Custard Cream biscuits. The camera zoomed in on Sir Mo as he slowly devoured the Custard Cream like he had never eaten before. You could almost taste that biscuit and his face was ecstatic. For me this signified the hope of our future. We cannot enjoy Christmas this year as we would ordinarily. Next year, however, is a different matter. We have a very real hope with the good news about vaccines that all should be well by this time next year. We will celebrate Christmas and all the things we have had to forgo like it will be our last. We will appreciate the things we took for granted and more importantly we will appreciate those we care most about.
I am already excited about next year because it will be a Christmas like no other. We will make more effort to attend the things we enjoy because we now can. For me the community spirit will be unlike anything we have ever seen in our time. Above all I think we will see a coming together of our community that will enrich our lives and make us much more appreciative of the things we tended to take for granted.
Please do have a safe and as happy a Christmas as you can, and do hold to the hope of what is to come and the richness we will behold following the lessons of this year.