Christmas Must Not Be Cancelled

It’s more important now than ever, that season wise, we step up to the plate.

I don’t know about you, but I need a good dose of holiday cheer.

I’ve been hearing too many ‘bah humbug’ excuses, blaming it on Covid 19, how what’s the point…why bother….who cares.

Who cares?

I do.


Because it suggests hope through tradition, during one of the most peculiar and perilous periods in our lifetime, that’s why.

I need to see a card in my mailbox.

So far I’ve only received one, from England, where it’s worse than even here, yet my friend managed against the current of sheltering-in-place, essential stores closed, to still send one.


She cares, like I do.

Get with the program people.

Life, altered or otherwise, goes on.Β 

If you’ve genuinely flat-lined, act as if it’s not so.

Do it for your kids, your spouse, your neighbors, and more than that, yourself.


Because you need it.

When I saw my next door neighbor’s menorah in his window, its candles gleaming, I cried, since for months, he hasn’t come out, his shades down as if it were the Blitz, and it has been, but it’s almost over, that menorah telling me so.

When I see the army of evergreens along Park Avenue, their lights glistening in the twilight, my heart harkens.

The wreaths glazed with ribbon on all the churches, do the same.

Even Madison Avenue with its spectral presence, has her stars in place swinging from the street lamps.

You’re just not up for it?

Get up for it.Β 

Christmas represents birth, and with a vaccine, will deliver a new birth of freedom, to borrow from Mr. Lincoln, who if were here, make no mistake, would too, be decking those halls.


About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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33 Responses to Christmas Must Not Be Cancelled

  1. Yes!! I love your enthusiasm and sound admonition! Get up and celebrate! I’m so glad you mentioned the sparkle of the city. I haven’t seen any photos, but all I hear are descriptions of a sordid city, awash in garbage and filth. We should at least wear brilliant smiles and share our own joy with the gloom-and-doomers. Thank you for proclaiming a proper celebration for the good of all.

    Merry Christmas!!!!

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  2. skinnyuz2b says:

    My husband and two adult sons went out to chop down a tree. Never send three men for a tree without female supervision. They came back with the largest tree we’ve ever had, both height and circumference wise. But you know what? It makes it impossible to ignore the Christmas spirit in our house!
    For me it’s all about my children and grandchildren. Even though my four children are over 30 I still insist on part of their gifts being a surprise. Not always a successful surprise. They still laugh at the beautiful sweater I bought my youngest son almost ten years ago. They refer to it as the ‘old man’ sweater. My oldest told him he could wear it when he plays checkers with the old guys in the park, ha ha. Not a good surprise, but still a good memory.

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    • I believe in, keep on, keepin’ on. It’s obviously a choice one makes, but isn’t it the better one? I’m sure I’ll get a rebuttal from the Scrooge fan club, but bah…bring it on you Ebenezers. Thanks Skinny, as always. You’re a pal. πŸ™‚

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  3. kingmidget says:

    I agree … I keep saying that people need to find little glimmers in this crazy, crazy year. What better time then the holidays to say enough and to find those glimmers everywhere.

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  4. I haven’t let down. Every Sunday, I’ve been touring around town, showing what the spirit of Christmas means here. Here’s a link to the Twelve Days of Christmas from last week.

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  5. Christmas is not cancelled but how its celebrated will look different. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

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  6. Happy Solstice to you!

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  7. Dale says:

    Absolutely, we must. It’s when things are so bleak that an extra effort must be made. Speaking of which, that is exactly what I am doing today. We have traditionally waited until after Mick’s birthday to deck our halls, thereby separating his birthday from Christmas. Even though he’s gone, I can’t bring myself to do it earlier.
    So FA-LA-LA-LA-LA with me!

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  8. Sorryless says:

    Give us this time, our green and red. And Bing Crosby crooning something festive while Jack Frost shushes you inside and the smell of pine elicits a memory. And the lights and the mood and the ability to lose yourself in it all, if only for a while.

    Yes Susannah, I do believe there has to be a Santa Claus.

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  9. Eilene Lyon says:

    I insisted on decorating for Christmas even before Thanksgiving this year. Last year I never did at all, but this year I needed the cheer. Christmas is back to stay, I think. I only sent 8 cards this year, but I also have a version to send out by email (β€œFrom our bubble to your bubble..”). Did the whole turkey with stuffing for T-day, just for we two. Not sure what our Christmas feast will be, but it will be festive!

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    • I applaud you Eileen for every effort, big and small. I’m sure the recipients of those 8 cards will appreciate them more than any other year. That’s the upside of this, the importance of what is normally perceived as trite and trivial, expected, minus the childlike awe as you tear open the envelope. I too have a tree…small, spare, but when I pass it, I smile. πŸ™‚

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  10. As you know, I’ve been in a funk, but a good day out on my city sidewalks lifted my spirits. This is the first, in many years that I did not send cards for Christmas but decided to send NY cards … keep an eye on your mailbox.

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