Christmas…anytime?

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Allyson Beauregard
Rédacteur / Managing Editor
editor@journalpontiac.com

There are toys for girls and boys
Silver bells make merry noise
Yet you should remember from
the start
Christmas is a feeling in your heart
Holly wreaths and mistletoe
Carols by the candle’s glow

Allyson Beauregard
Rédacteur / Managing Editor
editor@journalpontiac.com

There are toys for girls and boys
Silver bells make merry noise
Yet you should remember from
the start
Christmas is a feeling in your heart
Holly wreaths and mistletoe
Carols by the candle’s glow
These aren’t the most important part
Christmas is a feeling in your
heart…
Christmas Day will soon be gone
Yet the joy will linger on
If you only learn to do your part
Let Christmas be a feeling in
your heart

~ Written by Joe Darian
and George Kleinsinger;
performed by Andy Williams.

With the COVID pandemic reaching record highs, Christmas was different this year for most people. The Pontiac “went red” just a week before Christmas Eve, banning all gatherings. For the most part, the hustle and bustle of the holidays was replaced with quiet time at home; quick, physically-distanced exchanges with family and friends; and virtual gatherings.
Some people welcomed the down-time with open arms, but for others, COVID Christmas felt like a sombre end to an already stressful, challenging and depressing year: another defeat. In the Pontiac, there was a lot of anger over the region being placed in the red zone – the result of a blanket decision the government made for the entire province – despite the region’s low case counts. 
But as the above lyrics emphasize, Christmas isn’t simply a time or a season, it’s more a state of mind. This feeling doesn’t need to come once a year and be packed up on Boxing Day along with the tree, lights and other decorations. Christmas is what you make it, even if it means celebrating it at a more appropriate (and legal!) time.
If not being able to host Christmas gatherings last year with family and friends feels like a defeat, how about writing a rain check? In these times, postponing events is trendy! Why not hold your traditional Christmas gathering in February, March or even June, whenever the restrictions allow it? Missed out on an annual gift exchange, Secret
Santa, talent show, or any other holiday tradition? Do it then too!
It may have felt as though the Grinch truly stole Christmas this year, but in the end, we can choose to dwell on the things we missed out on, or we can decide
to focus on the things we have. We can decide to be flexible; a growing requirement of life during a pandemic. We can choose to be patient, strong and resilient. These are powers no Grinch or pandemic can steal!
Happy New Year dear readers, and best wishes for a fresh, safe, happy and healthy 2021!