In a year of contagion, isolation

Of sickness and fear

Waiting for things to go back to how they were

Will they? Should they?

Shops and radios alike blare Rudolph and Frosty

Everyone pretending that everything’s fine

Maybe if we can’t afford

That Christmas of the usual, luxury and fun

Maybe if we can’t see our loved ones

Because it’s too dangerous

Or they’re the other side

Of a border we’re not allowed to cross

Maybe we can think about

A different way of being

A different way of doing

Maybe we can reach out a hand

To those who have lost so much this year

Maybe we can play Santa

To someone who has no hope

Maybe we can be the Christ child

Bringing light to the world

Maybe we can start again

And build a different Christmas, a better Christmas.

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