In a letter to the editor, Jersey City resident John Di Genio says that despite the pandemic, “it is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.”
We’ve come to a virus-plagued holiday season.
Generally speaking, people are frustrated; they see no end to this virus. The feeling of helplessness and haplessness cause people to sneer and snarl at each other. In many cases, disdainful remarks have replaced traditional, cheerful holiday greetings.
The volume of sales at the malls and the shopping centers may be lower this year. At least, I’ve noticed that at the Newport Mall in Jersey City. But, make no mistake about it, Christmas remains as commercialized as ever.
Online shopping has become more prevalent during these challenging times.
However, Christmas never was about sales and shopping. Dr. Seuss told us: “Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
The Yuletide Spirit is about rejoicing, reflection, remembrance, and reconciliation.
Christmas is about compassion for the past, determination and resolution for the present, and an unyielding optimism for the future.
It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.
Christmas gives each of us a unique opportunity to reflect on those who play — and, sorrowfully, those who have played — an important part of our lives.
We need to keep that in mind this holiday season.
Very respectfully yours,
John Di Geno