A Christmas Letter – 2021

It was the night before Christmas…

Hello Friends,

I find myself having trouble fully grasping that it is again Christmas, another year has come and gone. I know, everyone is joking about it on social media but it’s true, where has it gone? This year my husband and I are thankful to be spending Christmas in our new home. The tree is decorated and the stockings are hung; there is something fun and uniquely magical about the first Christmas in a new place.

The first family photo in our new home.

I wanted to write you a short letter to say thank you – this year has been hard and I haven’t always been consistent posting here but nonetheless you have showed up to read and comment, and for that I am very grateful.

I think about it often how incredible it is that through this medium we can connect over this vast internet space, across the world, and learn and share from one another. And in our sharing, hopefully comfort and help each other. So thank you for coming back and continuing to join me on this journey.

I’m also here to say that the struggle is not over. As I mentioned in my recent Covid Chronicles, we are entering yet another wave of this pandemic. People everywhere are defeated, tired, and hurting. This on top of still fighting the other injustices of our world: income inequality, discrimination in all its many forms, and climate change to briefly list a few.

I think we were all expecting Christmas to be different this year, closer maybe to pre-pandemic times with larger gatherings and a sense of familiarity and safety. But, this Christmas looks a lot like last year’s, no big family gatherings, no hectic travel, and the ever-present fear of Covid. So, if you are having a hard time feeling the joy of Christmas or the holidays, it’s okay, you are not alone. I’m sending you love and peace in these hard times.

But struggle or not, the sun will rise and Christmas morning will come. And with the sunlight on our faces, together we can walk this journey however hard it may be.

I am wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. I hope you are able to take a moment to rest and care for yourself and your loved ones. Find the joy where you can and revel in its magic.

Write soon,

Hannah B.L.

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