What is Christmas in 2020?

Christmas 2020.

I’m here home, alone. My first Christmas alone. Today I’m back unemployed because yesterday I finished my last day at work. So looking for a new job.

2020. A pandemic that in Italy has taken away 70.000 lives. And worldwide even worse. Lives changed forever, if not taken away. And we all have lost someone we knew.

In the middle of the tears and the sorrow, in the middle of the egoisms of people who still think that coronavirus is just fake news, they think it does not exist … and they go around with the mask down, a danger for themselves and the others …

And then in these last days of mad shopping, as if Christmas could not be without a gift.

And yes. This Christmas I did no gifts. I even had to borrow some money to pay the rental and the expenses, because I’ve seen cut my working hours from 32 per week to 18 since November.

So here we are. 24th of December.

But Christmas is not in the gifts. What is a gift? Christmas is in the soul. A rebirth, a hope, the joy of hope that rises again in the world because it is not the end, it won’t be. We will overcome it. This will pass too.

And Christmas is not in material stuff, it is felt in the heart. It happens in the heart. And should be the closeness to our loved ones. Family, friends, love. Our closeness to our soul and heart, remembering why we are here alive for.

Nothing material can substitute feelings, or create them when there are none. And in this world what matters are soul bounds, not materialistic shares.

The heart speaks, and should feel the energy of a new life flowing. We are again on the ground, broken, but hope and love and faith are there to lift us up again. Life brings us down to teach us, to make us stronger, to make us grow, become wiser.

And we should not be filled with bitterness, with anger, with revenge, regrets, hate, fear … but love.

Because as Martin Luther King said: only love can fight, with no violence, hate away from this planet and make this world a better place to live. We are here to love. Not to get, but to give. Not for ourselves but for the others. To leave a mark of love. That love that is born again, on Christmas days, in our hearts. A light that can guide us no matter what, in the pathway of the struggles of this life. Because only love is the guide and the destination.

Merry Christmas to everyone.

That this Christmas could be a true one from the heart, in the heart, with a new hope, new joy, new light to start again our life anew.

Stay blessed everyone. Be good and do good, and good will come back to you. Forgive and foget. Move on. Let it go. Just love. And love more.

Keep the faith.

Christ is born!

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