Merry Socially Distanced Christmas!
All citizens are strongly advised to keep themselves safe by following approved COVID-19 preventive practices as recommended by the CDC:
- Greet your guests at a distance using a hand salute. Avoid all personal contact.
- Sit at least six feet apart from each other when opening presents around the tree.
- Sanitize each gift and its packaging, and wear gloves and a face mask when opening it.
- No candy or other treats should be passed back and forth — each stocking item should be individually packaged in a sterilized, sealed container, to be consumed only by the intended recipient.
- Wear your masks between sips of eggnog.
- Christmas carols may be played using Spotify, but should not be sung, hummed, or whistled by participants.
You may enjoy recordings of some of your favorite traditional seasonal music:
- I’ll be Locked Down For Christmas
- I Saw Mommy Fist-Bumping Santa Claus
- While Shepherds Washed Their Hands by Night
- Deck the Halls With Plexiglas Barriers
- Police Drones We Have Heard on High
- Fauci the Snowman
…and many others.
Or, if you want to listen to some real Christmas music…
…Here’s the opening chorus (“Jauchzet, frohlocket”) of the Christmas Oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach, as performed by the Amsterdam Baroque Choir and Orchestra and conducted by the immortal Ton Koopman (who is also a virtuoso organist; I have a boxed set of his complete organ works of J.S. Bach):
Bach’s music is a window into the parlors of heaven. It reminds us that all the conflict, suffering, strife, and slaughter of this world are but ephemera. It focuses our minds on the eternal.
Merry Christmas, everyone!