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A different kind of holiday

Anna Lee Mraz. Peninsula 360 Press [P360P].

By official orders of 10 San Francisco Bay Area counties we must stay indoors and private gatherings of any size are prohibited. It means that this Christmas we will not be able to go to grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, aunts and cousins, or close friends.

That does not mean that we are alone, and it is okay if Christmas is not celebrated this December 24 and 25, because we must give priority to personal care and extreme precautions. 

There are ways to celebrate from afar. You can make a video call, or you can make a video and send it with love to all your relatives and acquaintances; you can make a Christmas in a car and drop off packages to your loved ones. 

You can enjoy the live programs that will be online this holiday season, starting with the Casa Círculo Cultural Christmas Festival on Saturday, December 19, 2020 via Facebook live: @circulocultural.rwc

As coronavirus cases in the Bay Area continue to rise and, worse, increase dramatically, we need to think ahead about how we will handle major holidays like Christmas and Lunar New Year, which researchers are warning could turn into super-spread events.

According to Julia Marcus, an infectious disease epidemiologist at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, in an interview for Nature, one of the most respected science journals, said: 

"We're already at a high level of community outreach, and we're about to see a lot of people traveling and meeting indoors. It's hard to see how these meetings are going to end well."

It's time to get even more creative. It's better not to celebrate together today, to wait until it's safe when the vaccine is in everyone's hands and we have created herd immunity. Let's make this Christmas virtual so we can keep celebrating for many more years to come.

Anna Lee Mraz Bartra
Anna Lee Mraz Bartra
Sociologist | Feminist | writer

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