Newman University Student
“For we need a little Christmas, right this very minute.”
This line from a popular Christmas carol has been randomly popping into my head from time to time this month.
I am usually one of those people who refuses to listen to Christmas music or wear Christmas themed outfits until Black Friday because I feel like we need to celebrate Thanksgiving before we move onto the next holiday. Some years, it even feels weird starting as early as Black Friday since it’s not Advent yet.
But this year, I think we really do “need a little Christmas now.” 2020 has been a rough year for everyone, not just with the pandemic and disasters but with things like employment and mental health too.
For me, this semester has been the most stressful of my entire college career, and I only have classes four days a week. I’m actually glad that all our classes were moved online because I was fried out to the point where I couldn’t enjoy my time at Newman anymore.
But even with a step back, it’s still hard to keep myself pushing through to the end of the semester. I think that’s why I need a little Christmas in November. I need something good and wholesome to invigorate me to finish strong or at least finish.
After a year like 2020, I’m guessing a lot of people could use a time where people are a little nicer and where joy and goodwill are almost expected.
But this will also be a hard Christmas for a lot of people. People will be recovering from disasters, struggling financially because they lost their job, grieving the loved ones they lost to COVID-19, and spending Christmas alone so they don’t get sick.
I don’t know if they will get happy Christmas vibes just by watching “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” or listening to “Carol of the Bells.” Many of them might even be asking for a sign as to when all of this pain and craziness will be over.
Although immersing themselves in Christmas preparations won’t save them, what came into the world on Christmas can.
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and she will name Him Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)
The Savior of the World came to us on Christmas, and we could really use a savior this year for Christmas.
I don’t think Jesus will come and take away the virus or the other things plaguing our world, but he will come with a reminder that there is something beyond these worldly struggles though they are great, and he will give you the grace to see them through.