Kalpana – It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It definitely is. Masks and all. And if it isn’t, we will make it, because it is our Christmask.
Charo – Yeah. The one and only Christmask. It is the season when you cannot help but share an accomplice smile with another parent overspending to create a magical time for their children. And a smile underneath the mask is still a valid smile. Perhaps even more so because of the mask.
Kalpana – It’s the season when you slow down your car to look at the Christmas lights and you feel that you are still the same child that marveled at similar Christmas lights many, or not so many years ago.
Charo – Indeed! ‘Tis the season to become a child again. The season to be jolly and silly and to believe that every year we can start again, we can create our lives again, we can inherit ourselves again. And why not?
Kalpana – ‘Tis the season to cuddle up with my newborn baby and my husband, enjoying my brand new blanket and dreaming up the future, because it is definitely the season to dream.
Charo – ‘Tis the season to zone out after long meals and hurry to nothing. The only season when you will smile when being awaken by children screaming in excitement.
Kalpana – The masks, the virus, the social distance, the consistent repetition of the number of deaths and infections in the different places can’t steal the magic. The magic of Christmas is immune.
Charo – Let’s allow the magic of Christmas guide us into a 2021 where we will master the dreaded “world reset”. Where we will reset the world into a fair place, with more love, more freedom, more understanding, more tolerance, more solidarity.
Kalpana – We definitely can do it. We went through times that most of us would never have believed we’d have to endure. We will get out of this pandemic fortified, wiser, more compassionate to our brothers and sisters, more understanding of the frail human condition and the power of the human spirit.
Charo – Yes! We will get out of this like birds out of a cage: happy, strong, free, ready to open our wings and feel the air underneath them, because now we have proven ourselves. We have mourned those who didn’t make it. There will still be some mourning to do, no doubt, but the light and the spirit are there, in the Christmas trees we spy through the snowy windows.
Kalpana – This Christmas are definitely going to be different, but the magic will still be there, to be enjoyed more intimately with your close family. Enjoy, be safe, don’t focus on the inconveniences and be grateful for your blessings.
Charo & Kalpana – Merry Christmas!
Charo Lloret is from Spain; Kalpana Loganathan is from India. They write about global issues and their experiences immigrating to Canada and living in Fort St. John.