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Editorial: The things we have this year

One year ago, Christmas was looking pretty much like a shut-in affair. Parades were canceled. Church pageants were canceled. Community activities were few and far between.

Worse than that, schools were empty with students attending classes online.

Covid, gathering strength for the winter, made for a different sort of holiday. Weekly case reports told of “sharp rises” in new infections. Everyone buttoned down. No one had any defenses other than a mask and keeping one’s distance.Christmas 2020 did bring us the promise of one gift: vaccines that would give us some control over the virus.

This year, at the arrival of Christmas 2021, we cast a wary eye on the arrival of the omicron variant and watch, at the same time, as cases of other variants start to mount again as winter arrives. We are still being cautious, but nothing like last year.

In 2020, we wrote:

“The holidays are so different this year. The continuing COVID-19 pandemic has caused widespread cancellations this ye...

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