A blanket of sorrow has spread across our nation this Christmas season. So many of us are left with many questions to be answered — how do we celebrate Christmas this year, how could these events have happened, and how do we prevent anything like this from happening again?
I think all of us will hold on to these questions for some time as we continue to mourn the loss of so many innocent lives. Christmas is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. The season is supposed to be perfect, jolly, bright, warm, and well — the best time of the year. This year, how do we celebrate when we are all too aware that this season has turned into anything but warm and bright? Children are supposed to be the center of the season, however this year many won’t be here. How do we celebrate the season, how do we mourn, how do we go on?
I personally don’t have the answers. The truth is, the Christmas issue of FOLK is always the hardest issue for me to produce. I am from a small family. The family that always made the season so special for me has passed away. My grandmother died three years ago today. My aunt who always decorated with me each year died nearly ten years ago, and my grandfather who always cooked Christmas dinner died in 2008. Since their deaths, I have found it hard to get into the season. I hardly decorate and I avoid Christmas carols at all costs. I however say this as I am running late to a children’s Christmas play, hoping it will get me into the season. I know I am certainly not alone in this, especially this year.
Since I don’t have the answers, nor does my staff, we ask you. How do we as a nation celebrate Christmas this year? How do you celebrate Christmas in years that aren’t so bright?
I suppose my only solution is to come together as one. Hand in hand, celebrating everything we have, and remembering everything we have lost. But I’d sure love to hear your thoughts.
How do you do it? How will you do it?