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OPINION

This Christmas, celebrate for days ahead, remember those lost to us

By The Editorial Advisory Board
Topeka Zoo lights

Here we are at last. Christmas 2020.

That sounds unreal to say after the past months, however many of them we’ve experienced. We know, we know, usually Christmas comes in the 12th month. But surely it’s still March, right? And if it’s not still March, hasn’t it been at least 200 months since then? How could only nine have passed?

Such is life in the time of a pandemic. Such is life in a time of masks and social distancing, of routines disrupted and lives turned upside down. Such is life.

And what do we make of Christmas after all of this? It’s the most joyous and festive of holidays, after all, the one that comes just a handful of days before the years turn over, patting you on the shoulder and saying “job well done.” How do we even process Christmas this year?

That joy, that spirit, that feeling of festive summation — how do we conjure such emotions now? How do we lift a merry song after so much trouble and difficulty? How do we press on, not only through Christmas but into 2021?

We celebrate.

We don’t celebrate because we feel great. This Christmas, we should celebrate because we’re here and looking toward the future. We should celebrate for those who weren’t able to make it through the year, remembering them and paying them tribute, too.

We celebrate because endurance matters, because happiness at times is a hard-fought choice. We celebrate because, honestly, what else is worth doing?

We can range and rant. We can lift our voices in anger rather than song. But what does that accomplish, really, in the end? Yes, we can vent. But it will not restore what we’ve lost, or bring back the time spent in lockdown.

So we should celebrate instead. We should make the season merry because we want it to be, because we believe it can be, and because times of trouble cannot last forever. We will survive and thrive. We will do amazing things, and these past turbulent months will be only faded memories in the notebooks of our minds.

Yes, this is Christmas 2020. Yes, there are challenging months ahead. But as fellow humans on this journey together, we wish you the very best.